Sommelier Academy Certificate Program

Complete an in-depth study of wine focused on winemaking practices, grapes, and regions. Receive training in wine tasting, wine service, and food and wine pairing. This program covers general winemaking, including ongoing discussions of how environmental conditions and actions taken by winemakers influence the finished wine. Each week, break down and examine a different major wine making region by looking at conditions like climate and soil. Taste over 10 wines per session to learn about varietal and regional standards while learning to examine wine in blind tasting format. Receive instruction and practice on wine service for both still and sparkling wines. Study food and wine pairing theory, then bring it to life by choosing your own wine and cheese pairings. Daily discussions about what is currently trending in the wine industry will open your eyes to aspects of the industry you never knew existed. Professionals working in the wine industry will be brought in to discuss their point of view of what they see in the market. A three-part final exam tests student knowledge in written, essay, and blind tasting formats. This course is open to anyone. Whether you are a wine professional looking to hone your skills, considering a career change, or a wine enthusiast who just wants to learn more about something you love, this class is for you. Although extremely challenging, the course starts without any prerequisite wine knowledge needed.

Prerequisite: Must be at least 21 years old. When you register for this class, you are attesting that you meet the age requirement and acknowledge that you may be required to provide proof at some point during the course.

This course has discount registration fees! UNLV Staff and Alumni, visit for more information. Otherwise, email us at to see if you qualify for a discount.

Dates:January 18 - May 17, 2023
 W from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, 13 sessions
Does Not Meet:Feb 15, Mar 8, 15, 22, and May 3
Location:Richard Tam Alumni Center (TAC) - William Trent Lounge
Instructor:Heath Hiudt
Fee: $1,999.00
Materials:Students will receive three personal wine glasses and a spitoon for tasting in class, a wine key, and tote bag.

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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