Location: Chicago

Course Dates and Prices:

The following courses are now available.

Date & Time:Saturday, Dec.14, 2019, 9:30am-5:30pm
**Instructor: Rachel Speckan
Cost: $349.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)
Date & Time:Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, 9:30am-5:30pm
**Instructor: Rachel Speckan
Cost: $349.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)
Date & Time:Sun/Sat/Sun, Nov. 3, 16 & 17, 2019, 9:30am-5:30pm
**Instructor: Rachel Speckan
Cost: $899.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)
[This class is full - please contact us to be added to the waiting list]
Date & Time:Sun/Sat/Sun, Mar. 1, 14 & 15, 2020, 9:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $899.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)
Date & Time:Sat/Sun x 3, Jan 4, 5, 18, 19, Feb 1, 2, 2020, 9:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $1,525.00 (includes WSET exam, instruction, wine and all study materials)
Date & Time:Sat/Sun, Dec. 7 & 8 2019, 9:30am-5:00pm
Cost: $599.00
Date & Time:Sat/Sun, June 27 & 28, 2020, 9:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $599.00
Date & Time:Sat/Sun, April 18 & 19, 2020, 9:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $499.00



Lyn Farmer and Rachel Speckan will instruct the courses in Chicago with assistance from other members of our team.


The Chicago wine courses are held downtown at City Winery, a unique facility which brings wine country to the city by combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations and fine dining.

All Fine Vintage classes are held in The Barrel Room, 1200 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois. Street parking is available along Randolph and surrounding side streets. Click here to view map.

Parking in front of City Winery is free, as long as it is to the east of the valet signs. Elizabeth Street north and south of Randolph is also free, as well as Ada Street. Closest EL train is Morgan Station Pink and Green lines, and the closest Metra station is Ogilvie.

Starter Kit:

You will need to purchase a starter kit, consisting of 6 ISO tasting glasses in a carry bag ($45), unless you have already purchased one from us for a previous course. You will be given the kit on the first day of the course and they are yours to keep.

Everyone appreciates having their own professional wine tasting glasses so you can practice at home and then bring your own glasses to the course.

Travel: If you need to book airfare and/or hotel, please contact us one month prior to the course start date to see if the course will proceed.

Chicago Wine School

The Fine Vintage wine school offers WSET wine courses and Sommelier courses in Chicago, Illinois. Wine tasting courses in Chicago are available for wine enthusiasts and industry members including wine importers, agents, wine sales representatives, servers, sommeliers, wine store staff, winemakers and grape growers. Wine tasting courses are available at the City Winery in Chicago, Illinois. WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 programs. Fine Vintage is a leading provider of wine education in the USA.

Fine Vintage Ltd, Winner of the Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year 2011

On January 23rd, 2012, at a ceremony in London, Fine Vintage Ltd was awarded the most sought-after trophy amongst wine schools around the world - The Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year 2011.

Fine Vintage Ltd offers the WSET courses, which are professional qualifications in wine with international recognition. If you want to learn about wine, for business or pleasure, then these internationally recognized wine courses are perfect. They are designed for both members of the wine industry, as well as, wine enthusiasts who want to expand their knowledge. The unparalleled expertise of our instructors, combined with our friendly, approachable style, make our Chicago, Illinois wine tasting courses both highly enjoyable and informative.

Fine Vintage Ltd is owned and operated by James Cluer, Master of Wine. Fine Vintage operates 16 WSET wine schools providing Sommelier courses and wine tasting courses in Canada, the United States and Italy. Fine Vintage wine schools are available in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Atlanta, Houston and Tuscany, Italy.

As a passionate and enthusiastic wine educator, James Cluer draws on his 18 years of international experience to make the WSET wine courses fascinating, fun and always delivered in a relaxed style. He has worked with high profile winemakers in France, Australia and California,  and visited the majority of the world's top wine regions. He has taught over 3,500 students the WSET wine courses and has one of the highest pass rates in the industry.

If you want to learn more about our Chicago Wine School, please contact us today.