UNLV Sommelier Academy

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Art, science, and history converge as a wine makes its journey from vine to table. Comprehend the complexities and nuances of wine when you study under highly-qualified professionals at UNLV’s Sommelier Academy in a hands-on, interactive learning environment.

The introductory program, Vine to Wine: The Fundamentals, meets the needs of wine enthusiasts or wine collectors as well as early-career beverage professionals. Upon completion, you will be able to make informed purchase decisions and recommend wines with confidence.  




Vine to Wine: The Fundamentals

More fine wines are sold in Las Vegas than any other destination in the United States. Vine to Wine: The Fundamentals builds a strong foundation of wine knowledge for beverage professionals as well as wine aficionados. All experience levels are welcome. Course will meet seven hours, once per week, for 13 weeks.

Whether you work in the food and beverage industry and want to improve yourself for professional advancement, or you want to impress your friends at the dinner table, Vine to Wine is the perfect place to start. Course content begins with an overview of the wine making process. We will cover the major types of grapes and discuss the different conditions affecting the world’s primary wine regions. Enjoyment of a wine is enhanced by exceptional presentation, so we will cover essential service skills employed by the pros. Guest speakers will infuse fresh perspectives on all aspects of the wine industry.

Students will typically taste about twelve different wines each class day. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify key wine characteristics in a blind tasting.

If you previously took sommelier courses through UNLV and would like to refresh your skills, you may register to re-sit the introductory class at a significant discount. Students who have taken Vine to Wine in the past three years, are eligible for a one time retake fee.  Please call for more information. Please plan to register early as enrollment is limited to 30 students. 

To earn the Vine to Wine: The Fundamentals Certificate you must successfully complete the Vine to Wine: The Fundamentals course and receive a passing final exam score.


Our Classroom

Home base for your sommelier education is Total Wine and More. There is no better place to study the intricacies of wine than among well-stocked racks of vintages from around the globe. We will use the store as a tool to learn about labeling, regions, pricing, and retailing. Guest speakers and outings will further broaden your understanding of the industry.

Contact Us

For additional information about the UNLV Sommelier Academy please contact Continuing Education at 702-895-3394 or continuing.education@unlv.edu

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