San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301 San Francisco California USA
Expertly crafted hospitality and wine educational programs and experiences to inspire the next generation of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts.SOMM
The wine school was founded in 2013 by Master Sommelier David Glancy. He shares ownership with Kristin Campbell, who has a decade-long career as the CFO for tech startups. She is also the local ambassador for Women of the Vine and Spirit.
Programing includes certification by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. However, the programs are not run by SFWS. Instead, these affiliate programs are run by Grape Experience. They also run the Wine Scholar Guild and Society of Wine Educator programs and their programming.
SFWS programming is not designed as a comprehensive certification program. Instead, the offerings are intended as stand-alone wine courses, including a California Wine Appellation Specialist certification, Intermediate Blind Tasting, and Wine Program Management.
The school is one of the most well-capitalized in the country. Its facilities are top-notch, and they sport a full-time administrative staff and a board of advisors. This is exceedingly rare in wine education. Most of their revenue comes from trade tastings underwritten by governments and the wine trade.
David Glancy, Master Sommelier
Before founding the San Francisco Wine School, David developed wine programming for the Professional Culinary Institute. PCI was re-branded as the French Culinary Institute California and merged with the Institute of Culinary Education. As a result, the school no longer offers a wine certification program.
David’s response to the credible & growing accusations against the Court of Master Sommelier
I am filled with sadness & rage. I feel so sorry for all that the women featured in the NYT article went through and for anyone whose journey is stifled or squashed by people in positions of power who abuse it. As you and John said I have seen highly suspicious patterns that I should have questioned. There were parts of the article that did not surprise me but others that absolutely shocked me.
I am also embarrassed and angered that any MS who did anything remotely similar to what was cited has cheapened something I worked so hard to achieve. It would be hard for most to imagine the high of becoming an MS after 8 years of attempts nor the lows of being embarrassed to be one today. This problem is not limited to the CMS or even the wine industry, but we cannot use that as an excuse. The CMS is making important steps in the right direction but it must start making giant strides not baby steps. The CMS, the wine industry, the USA, & the world can do and be better than this and we must.
Anytime I see a middle-aged man or older with a much younger woman it raises eyebrows. Whether suspicion is justified or not is not always clear. This goes far beyond the CMS. I am not on the board, nor have I ever been on the board. I was aware that one MS had been suspended for inappropriate behavior but was surprised to learn that the board had disciplined other MS. I agree with you the CMS must make drastic changes.
They are currently taking some steps which they have publicly posted including new disciplinary action against several MS, mandatory training, an external investigation, & a complaint hotline. I am hopeful that more brave women will come forward. I strongly believe that it is time for female MS and non-white MS to run for the Board President position. It is time for change.David Glancy, Vinography
San Francisco Wine School Review
Name: San Francisco Wine School
Description: One of the most influential wine schools on the West Coast. Run by Master Sommelier David Glancy.
Price range: $700 - $3000
Payment accepted: Credit Card
Currencies accepted: USD
Address: 415 Grand Ave #301, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Telephone: (650) 763-1324
It should not be a surprise that Northern California is home to several top wine schools in the United States. The San Francisco Wine School is a center of the wine trade, which has both positives and negatives. It is an excellent place to network with industry insiders, as long as you are an industry insider yourself. For someone looking to start their wine career, it can feel like you are hanging out at a high school cafeteria.
Because of that chumminess, this school often places too little emphasis on education and too much on personal relationships. This is not surprising at a place that employs some of the most famous wine teachers working today, including the founder David Glancy. For someone in the trade looking to make lifelong connections, this is a great school. For a wine novice, we would recommend starting elsewhere and return here once you have a few years of education under your belt.
Wine Trade Certification
Quality of Instruction
Brick and Mortar
Multiple Wine Certifications
Excellent Instructor Staff
Limited Consumer Classes
Focus on Corporate Events