Advanced Courses and Programs

For those who are looking for more in-depth college level courses we offer a wide range of advanced wine courses. Because of the complexity of these courses we strongly recommend that you take the Guild Wine Seminar before registering for any of our advanced courses.

If you are interested in a career in the wine industry we recommend the Advanced Wine Course (Level II Program) and the Advanced Wine and Food Pairing Course as a minimum. If you aspire to a management position, be a professional taster, or to start your own business, we recommend taking the three Advanced Regional Courses and the Wine Business Course as well. If you have taken all of these plus the Blind Tasting course then you are ready for a Level III Program.

Level III program is open to those in the trade as well as serious enthusiasts. However, you do not have to be in a Level III program to take any of these advanced courses. In addition to taking the Seminar before attempting an advanced course, we also recommend that you complete the Advanced Wine Course before beginning any of the Advanced Regional courses.

All of our advanced courses are offered in a 12-week format as well as a 1-week intensive study format. Both the semester long and intensive study formats cover the same information and have the same amount of technical tasting. The 1-week intensive study format courses have been specifically designed for those not living in the Denver area to develop their wine skills and qualify for career programs.

Advanced Wine Course – Level II Program

This is an intermediate level college course that presents an overview of fifteen wine producing countries as well as provide technical training for the industry. You will learn formal Sommelier service and taste about 75 different wines as part of the course.

Use this link for a more detail explanation of the course content, upcoming schedules for both 12-week and 1-week-intensive-study courses, or to register for an upcoming Advanced Wine Sommelier Course.

Advanced Wine and Food Pairing Course

This is an intermediate level college course that presents the technical basis for wine and food pairing. It is a unique course in that we teach wine and food pairing by protein group (such as fish, meats, etc.) not by cuisine (Italian food, German food, etc.). This course includes technical wine tasting and wine and food pairing exercises in each class.

Use this link for a more detail explanation of the course content, upcoming schedules for both 12-week and 1-week-intensive-study courses, or to register for an upcoming Advanced Wine and Food Pairing Course.

Advanced Blind Tasting

There is an art and science to tasting a wine blind and then deciphering what it is. Like any query there is a set way to solving the problem. Think of a glass of wine as a jigsaw puzzle with the label of the wine the finished product. The sight, smell and taste of the wine are pieces of the puzzle to ultimately determine what it is in the glass.

Use this link for a more detail explanation of the Blind Tasting.

The Wine Business

Many people take our college level wine classes in order to prepare themselves to start their own business. To this end we offer a 11-week (or 1-week intensive study) wine business course to help you prepare a business plan or learn about the wine business from faculty who have started their own successful wine businesses.

Use this link for a more detail explanation of the The Wine Business.

Use this link for a more detail explanation of the typical course content for any upcoming Advanced Regional Wine Course.

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