Sommelier Society of America

Sommelier Society of America

724 5th Ave, 11th Floor New York New York USA

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Founded in 1954, the Society is the nation’s oldest wine teaching organization and seeks to create a vital wine society for industry professionals and interested consumers. The Society offers wine education classes, tastings, and professional consultation services. The Sommelier Society of America (SSA) Certificate Course is a 21-week program. SSA students graduate equipped with the necessary foundation and business skills needed to design and manage a successful wine program. Deviating from the typical memorization-heavy methods of many sommelier programs, SSA classes are highly interactive and stress cooperative learning. The final exam includes a written portion and a blind tasting component.

The Society was begun by Robert Gourdin, a sommelier at the “21 Club.” He also founded the first International Wine Society, Les Amis du Vin in the early 1960s. The SSA originally was organized into chapters that spanned the United States. The Washington, DC chapter was of particular note with nearly 200 members and being cited by the Washington Post numerous times in the 1980s. By the1990s, the SSA was publishing in the major wine trade magazine of that time, Santé: The Magazine for Restaurant Professionals. The articles were written by Dan Perlman, who is now the owner of Casa Saltshaker, a famous restaurant and cooking school in Argentina.

Since 1999, Robert Ross Moody has been the Chairman of the Sommelier Society of America. Prior to that, he had been a wine instructor for 11 years. His work also included being a consultant Duggan’s Distillers and Campari USA. During his tenure, regional chapters were folded and consolidated to their headquarters in New York City. From 2014-2016, Robert’s grandson Christian Gourdin taught at SSA.

Sommelier Society of America
Sommelier Society of America

Name: Sommelier Society of America

Description: A sommelier certification body located in New York City.

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