If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a wine professional, but just never found the time, this is your chance of a lifetime. Our Sommelier Experience will teach you all the essentials that professional somms learn in their studies and on the job and help you become a wine expert in just a few hours. Explore the world’s wine regions, learn how to build your own cellar, study food and wine pairings and take part in our famous blind taste analysis, a practical guide to identifying any wine by its distinct characteristics. Designed by our sommeliers, for aspiring sommeliers, this Wine Experience will satisfy your inner wine geek and turn you into a super taster in no time at all.
- What is a Sommelier?
- Old World Versus New World
- Quality Levels (AOCs, DOCG, AVAs)
- Building Your Own Cellar
- Storing and Handling Wines
- Aging Wines
- Selecting Stemware
- Food & Wine Pairings
- Why, When and How to Decant
- Wine Presentation
- Blind Tasting Analysis
What You’ll Learn
The Sommelier Experience is packed with information and learning. Come prepared to absorb a lot of information. Our goal is to give you an intensive and immersive guide to the world of fine wine, as well as all you need to know to build your own cellar, handle wine, perfectly pair with food and restaurant quality wine service and tasting. While our Sommelier Experience won’t certify you as a sommelier, it will guarantee a head start. We will also recommend several excellent programs based around the world where you can continue your journey to becoming an certified sommelier.
What You’ll Taste
Blind tasting is one of the most challenging and entertaining aspects of a sommelier’s training. We’ll guide you through our blind tasting of eight wines from around the world. Only those who listen carefully and guess correctly, will find out what the wines are…
Professional Wine Advisors
Our Wine Experiences are hosted by Sommeliers and Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) trained professionals. Our Wine Advisors offer a thoughtful and authoritative approach to help you learn about the history of wine, biodynamic vineyard management, our signature winemaking techniques and the art of tasting. Groups are limited in size to eight participants in order to provide a convivial environment where you will feel comfortable asking questions, interact with other guests and expand upon your wine knowledge.
A Stunning Location
Château de Pommard is the next stop south from Beaune, the heart of Burgundy. Our Wine Experiences take place onsite at the Château in our Wine Experience Center, a place designed to engage your senses and expand your mind. At 20 hectares, Clos Marey-Monge, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides the perfect classroom to fully connect with the savoir faire that makes Burgundy the most desired wine region in the world.
Is this your experience?
The Sommelier Experience is ideal for intermediate to advanced wine lovers, those who want to learn more about the working life of a sommelier. The experience is 2 ½ hours of intense education on a variety of topics all aspiring sommeliers must understand.
“A Clos, but what a Clos!”
“We had the privilege to be a very small group of 5 in total. Our sommelier was a great ambassador of Burgundy. We tasted brilliant wines.”
“A must-do experience”
“The history of the Château and the wines are great. It is the must-do experience in Burgundy.”
“Beautiful Château; very friendly and knowledgeable sommeliers.”
“Highly recommend the Wine Experience. We are still amazed at the complexities of winemaking and their passion for it all!”