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Wine Courses in Chicago

Take a wine certification course, for business or pleasure at our multi-award winning wine school


Fine Vintage is a leading provider of wine education in North America, run by James Cluer, Master of Wine.

In Chicago we offer best-in-class certification courses from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) as well as Fine Vintage specialization courses.

Below you will find our course schedule, pricing, and full course descriptions. Enrollment takes less than 2 minutes. Required by the trade, desired by the enthusiast, get excited and register for your wine course today.

TERMS: Full payment is charged at the time of registration. Your payment is non-refundable but you can transfer it once to another person or to a future course of the same type, if you contact us 14 days or more before the start date. In the rare event Fine Vintage has to cancel a course you will receive a 100% refund.

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The Talbott Hotel
The Chicago wine courses are held at the Talbott Hotel, 20 E Delaware Place, Chicago. The Talbott Hotel is a Hyatt property located in the Gold Coast neighborhood just north of the Loop. Parking is available and the closest metro station is Chicago (Red Line). See map.


Our wine classes are instructed by industry-leading professionals including Dan Pilkey, Rachel Speckan and Jim Bube MS. We are renown for our outstanding wine tastings, exceptional instruction and high pass rates. Meet your instructors.


Don't forget: when you register for an in-person course, you receive a FREE Fine Vintage online course (value of $99-299 depending on the course) plus FREE access to our extensive video library (value of $99).

WSET Courses

The WSET courses are the gold standard in professional wine education.
The Level 1 is the perfect place to start.

Who is this course for?
WSET Level 1 courses are perfect for the beginner and those with a basic knowledge.
No Prerequisites
WSET Certification
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1 day course
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Instructor: To be announced prior to the course
Price: $395.00
Only 4 spaces remaining.
1 day course
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Instructor: Lyn Farmer
Price: $395.00

Specialty Courses

by Fine Vintage

We offer a range of outstanding specialization courses so you can develop expertise in an area of particular interest. All of these award internationally recognized Fine Vintage certificates.

Who is this course for?
Improve your tasting ability. Learn to identify aromas and flavours.
No Prerequisites
Fine Vintage Certification
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This course is not currently available. Please contact us for information.

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The Talbott Hotel

The Chicago wine courses are held at The Talbott Hotel, at 20 E Delaware Place, Chicago. The Talbott Hotel is a lovely boutique Hyatt property located in the glitzy Gold Coast neighborhood just north of the Loop, steps away from dozens of restaurants and designer shops. The hotel offers a 20% discount, subject to availability, on overnight stays to Fine Vintage students using this link. Valet parking is available and there is a self-park at 2 W. Delaware Pl. The closest metro station is Chicago (Red Line). View larger map

The Talbott Hotel

20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
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Tasting Glasses

When you come to our WSET Level 1 course we give you a beautiful set of 6 professional tasting glasses and a carry bag, included in the course fee. These are yours to keep forever. 

When you attend other courses we offer please bring your own tasting glasses back to use at the class.

If you need to get more glasses before a new course then you can purchase more for $45 a set.

If you do not start with the WSET Level 1 course then you need to purchase a set for $45 when you register.

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WSET Level 2

Fine Vintage is dedicated to providing excellence in the classroom. The instructors are well-educated and passionate about wine which inspired me. The wines in class are high quality and allowed me to truly understand and learn about the varietal/blend/region being taught. Level 2 is a wonderful foundation to build knowledge in the world of wine. I highly recommend Fine Vintage to everyone that asks.


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