UNLV Sommelier Academy / United States Wine Educators

UNLV Sommelier Academy / United States Wine Educators

501 N Stephanie St Henderson Nevada USA


United States Wine Educators offers classroom-based wine education and training in our wine course in the Las Vegas area. Their course is offered through UNLV’s Continuing Education college. Our Wine Education & Sommelier Training wine class’s daily activities include wine education lectures, wine tasting with fundamental training, physical training on proper wine service of still and sparkling wine, wine industry Q&A, food, and wine pairing activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

Students will be engaged daily in studying new grapes and regions while tasting 12+ wines per session over 13 weeks of classroom activity in our wine class. Our goal has been to be the best classroom-based wine education program for students while offering this education with no pre-requisite training or education level expectations.

The UNLV Sommelier Academy course meets 13 times, one time per week for 7 hours. The course finishes with a 3-part examination testing the students in written, essay, and blind tasting format. The course covers general winemaking, prominent varietals, and major wine regions of the world. Students taste over 10 wines per session to learn about varietal and regional standards while learning to examine wine in a blind tasting format.

The program includes wine service and food and wine pairing. Daily discussions about current trends in the wine industry and wine professionals will be brought to talk about their experiences in the trade. Field trips will show students career opportunities in the world of wine.

The school was founded in 2010 by Heath Hiudt. Heath has been involved in the wine industry his whole life: From being the son of a nightclub owner to his first beverage management job at age 23. He is currently running STK inside the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. He has been a wine instructor in Las Vegas for the last 10 years, teaching with the International Sommelier Guild and creating the UNLV Sommelier Academy.

UNLV Sommelier Academy / United States Wine Educators