Location: San Francisco

Course Dates and Prices:

The following courses are now available.


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James Cluer, Master of Wine, will instruct the courses with assistance from our team of expert instructors.


Centrally located, the luxury Fairmont San Francisco is a short cable car trip from the bustling Downtown, Financial District, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. In fact, it is the only spot in San Francisco where each of the City's cable car lines meet. Click here to view a map.

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.

San Francisco Wine Courses

Fine Vintage Ltd is pleased to offer WSET wine courses and Sommelier courses in San Francisco, California. Wine courses at our San Francisco Wine School are available for wine enthusiasts and industry members including wine importers, agents, wine sales representatives, servers, sommeliers, wine store staff, winemakers and grape growers.

Fine Vintage is the leading provider of wine education in the United States and Canada and is an Approved Program Provider of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). 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 San Francisco, CA wine courses both highly enjoyable and informative. The WSET wine courses offer professional certification to students from the most internationally recognized institute in the world.

San Francisco wine courses on offer through Fine Vintage Ltd include:

WSET Level 1 – Introductory course for beginners or those with a basic knowledge of wine. The WSET Level 1 course focuses on learning the art of wine tasting, pairing food & wine, and covers the characteristics of the major grape varieties. We also delve into grape growing and winemaking, serving and cellaring wine, and include an overview on local wines.

WSET Level 2 - The Level 2 WSET wine course continues from the Level 1 course, although you are not required to take Level 1 if you already have a very good understanding of wine. This class goes into detail about all the major countries and wine regions including: growing grapes, making wine, the art of tasting in detail, food & wine pairing, classic grape varieties, French and German wines, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wines, new world wine regions, sparkling and fortified wines and the major spirits.

WSET Level 3 – The WSET Level 3 wine course is a respected qualification in wine and spirits and is required by many employers in the wine industry for the more senior positions. The general interest wine enthusiast can be assured that they have a very high level of knowledge once they complete this course. The Level 3 course goes into significant detail about tasting, grape growing, winemaking, maturation, and then tours the world region by region. We strongly recommend taking the Level 2 course prior to Level 3, although Level 2 is NOT a pre-requisite.

Fine Vintage Courses – Fine Vintage Ltd also offers a course on the Business of Wine. It is suited for people interested in getting into the wine industry, starting a wine-related business, or developing their current career.

About Fine Vintage Ltd

Fine Vintage Ltd is owned and operated by James Cluer, Master of Wine. Fine Vintage operates 13 WSET wine schools providing Sommelier courses and wine tasting courses in the USA, Canada and Italy. Fine Vintage wine schools are available in San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, the Napa Valley, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton 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 California, France and Australia 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.

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.

Register today for a WSET wine course from Fine Vintage wine school and get the best wine education available in North America.

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