Commonwealth Wine School / Grape Experience
35 Dunster St 1st floor Cambridge Massachusetts USA
Located at the Garage in Harvard Square, the Commonwealth Wine School was founded in 2020 during the pandemic. Despite opening during the pandemic, CWS is a vibrant school, offering a significant and deep curriculum. Prior to opening, it built up a solid reputation with several pop-ups and online classes before opening up its brick-and-mortar classroom.
This wine school is part of the growing affiliate of wine schools that use Grape Experience to run their Wine & Spirit Education Trust programs, so in effect, they are an affiliate of an affiliate to WSET, a collaboration that seems bound to cause problems; either WSET will seek to curb this type of relationship, or Grape Experience will opt to take out the middleman. Either way, this relationship is an imperfect solution for both the student and the school.
History of the Wine School
Jessica Sculley founded the school. A teacher for her entire career, Jessica started as a math professor at Roger Williams University. She moved into wine in 2017 when she earned her Level Four sommelier certification. She became a Wine Ambassador for City Wine Tours in Boston and to teach wine for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
In 2019, she opened up a pop-up wine school called Vintnicity, Inc. As late as December of that year, classes were held at 25 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, which at the time was a bankrupt candy store. By early 2020, Jessica had found a permanent home for the school, re-christened the Commonwealth Wine School.
The Boston Rock Scene Connection
Unknown to much of America, Boston has a vibrant and longstanding local rock tradition. For a decade, the band Guillermo Sexo has been taking over the guitar-driven/angelic vocals tradition of Boston rock that was once dominated by Breeder, Blake Babies, and Letters to Cleo. Lead singer and local rock star Noell Dorsey has a side gig. She is also a sommelier. She is (as of this writing) one of the school’s wine teachers, as well as the wine cellar manager for Skinner Auction & Appraisers. That is a wine class I am looking forward to.
Commonwealth Wine School
Name: Commonwealth Wine School
Description: Located at the Garage in Harvard Square, the Commonwealth Wine School was founded in 2020 during the pandemic. Despite this, CWS is a vibrant school, offering a significant and deep curriculum. Prior to opening, it built up a solid reputation with several pop-ups and online classes before opening up its brick-and-mortar classroom.
Price range: $100 - $3000
Payment accepted: Credit Card
Currencies accepted: USD
Address: 35 Dunster St Cambridge MA 02138, US
We had hoped to see this school grow into the type of sommelier school Boston needs. It did not. Sadly, it become part of a small franchise chain.
- Sommelier Certification
- Wine Trade Certification
- Quality of Instruction