American Sommelier

American Sommelier

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SoHo, New York, New York
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American Sommelier is revolutionizing the way the world thinks about wine. Committed to empowering both the consumer and professional to make informed and intelligent choices, the organization serves as a forum where all wine lovers may gather to speak as equals.

American Sommelier offers a comprehensive curriculum of wine education and provides a wide range of additional benefits to its members. The organization hosts seminars, tastings, and networking opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills and to promote a vibrant wine community. Since 1998, American Sommelier has hosted the biennial “Best Sommelier in America” competition that recognizes excellence in the wine service industry.

The organization creates custom experiential and advisory services for individuals, groups, and corporations both in and out of the hospitality industry. From cellar consultation and wine list development to job placement and insider wine journeys, American Sommelier’s mission remains the same: to cultivate awareness, understanding, and appreciation for wine.

Reviews of American Sommelier

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VITI 2: Geo Mapping

4/2/2018
Klaus-Peter H

Attended: VITI 2: Geo Mapping


Excellent Organization supportive of all interested in the desire to improve their love & knowledge of fine wine & spirits.

VITI 2: Geo Mapping

4/2/2018
Tsu R.

Attended: VITI 2: Geo Mapping


I took the viticulture and vinification course and enjoyed every class. i felt that the course was rigorous and the wine selection broad. Based on the number of wines we tasted, the variety of wines, and quality spectrum I could plainly see where the value was going. We did occasionally encounter a corked wine, but it was easy enough to resolve and we were seen as more knowledgeable and more studious were we to point this out. Furthermore, let's not discount the cigar seminar and the various wine tastings I attended free of charge at the invitation of ASA. I met Ferran Adria at a tasting! I definitely believe that this course is for the individual that is serious about learning about wine not just tasting expensive bottles. Studying a minimum of 5 hours a week is a must to get the full value. I walked into the course because I have been in the restaurant business for more than 10 years and i needed this knowledge to further myself in my career. I walked out of this course with the passion for wine that I learned from that guy who taught most of these courses. if you think this man doesn't love wine then i can't save you.

VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)

4/2/2018
Maya D.

Attended: VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)


Great place to learn. Well organized info, good instructors. Education mixed with some fun and bubbly

VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)

4/2/2018
Ciprian t.

Attended: VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)


One of best schools to learn about wine. Great instructors and interesting classes.

VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)

4/2/2018
Tsu R.

Attended: VITI 1: Grape Mapping (10 weeks)


I took the viticulture and vinification course and enjoyed every class. i felt that the course was rigorous and the wine selection broad. Based on the number of wines we tasted, the variety of wines, and quality spectrum I could plainly see where the value was going. We did occasionally encounter a corked wine, but it was easy enough to resolve and we were seen as more knowledgeable and more studious were we to point this out. Furthermore, let's not discount the cigar seminar and the various wine tastings I attended free of charge at the invitation of ASA. I met Ferran Adria at a tasting! I definitely believe that this course is for the individual that is serious about learning about wine not just tasting expensive bottles. Studying a minimum of 5 hours a week is a must to get the full value. I walked into the course because I have been in the restaurant business for more than 10 years and i needed this knowledge to further myself in my career. I walked out of this course with the passion for wine that I learned from that guy who taught most of these courses. if you think this man doesn't love wine then i can't save you.

Foundation Course (6 weeks)

4/2/2018
Lucie T.

Attended: Foundation Course (6 weeks)


I have just completed the 8 week foundation course. If you expect to know it all when you are done, you will not, but then again with subject like wine - who actually knows it all? It is an evolving living thing year to year, if you expect to have a great experience and laugh and have a great time and meet passionate people and learn the basics of what to look for in a wine and how to taste it properly, then you have found the place. And it may just inspire you to do more, feel more, pay attention to each detail of every wine list you see from then on, at the very least. Andrew is an engaging teacher, open to all and any questions and I recommend this class to anyone who is looking to enter the industry in however small or large ways or someone who is looking to find their palate and please it.

Foundation Course (6 weeks)

4/2/2018
Ida Rae Z.

Attended: Foundation Course (6 weeks)


The world of wine is infinite. It is a challenging subject to delve into but it is incredibly interesting and ever changing. I have been in the service industry (primarily in restaurants) for the past 15 years. Early on in my career when potential employers would ask "How's your wine knowledge?" I would respond "excellent!" I look back and laugh at how ridiculous and inaccurate that response was. A little over 3 years ago, I decided to begin proper education and actually take a wine course. I researched for months the different possibilities of the schools, platforms, and paths that were available and decided on the foundation course with American Sommelier Association. The foundation course truly did help build a foundation for me; In the restaurant world and in my knowledge of wine. I have since taken the Viticulture and Vinification course, the Blind Tasting course, and other seminars including Sales, Service and Buying, Cigars, beer, etc. What I appreciate the most about American Sommelier Association is their desire to make every course better than the last. After over three years of taking courses with ASA, it's amazing to watch them evolve with the wine world. Changing and updating their books, updating the layout of the courses, providing different seminars, and finding incredible teachers that specialize in the regions they teach that are knowledgeable through their years of experience working on the floor and putting together wine programs/lists for many recognized restaurants throughout the city. I love the fact that they make it fun and interesting while pushing you out of your comfort zone (especially in blind tasting). They provide a perfect platform for you to learn and succeed: combining theory and tasting. The information is detailed and requires work outside of the classroom. Besides the education, the people that you meet in class, whether it be fellow students or teachers is priceless. Networking. Wine Tastings. Job Offers. It's wonderful to be in a community of people with the the same interest and passion for wine. I truly believe that with this type of education, and in life, you get out of it what you put into it...If it were easy, everyone would be a Sommelier!

Foundation Course (6 weeks)

4/2/2018
Dayna C.

Attended: Foundation Course (6 weeks)


I have been attending courses & seminars through the ASA since 2009 and I think it is an incredible resource for learning about wine & the industry as a whole. The courses are well organized to facilitate the learning process. The subject matter is thorough & detailed, so you always come away feeling like you are constantly learning something new. And lastly, the instructors are all fabulous. They contribute from their working knowledge in the industry, plus they have all been through the courses, so they approach the classes in a constructive way so the students will get the most out of it. The seminars are great also. Rachel and Andrew design them to be different and more interesting then the basic seminar offerings you get at other establishments. Personally, I'm excited to continue my wine education through the ASA. They are always evolving the curriculum and format of the courses and as mentioned, the seminars are a great way of staying abreast of certain topics without having to commit a lot of time. That suits me very well personally since I have a very demanding full time job. I would highly recommend the ASA to anyone interested in furthering their education & knowledge about wine & the industry as a whole.

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580 Broadway Suite 716, New York, New York 10012
American Sommelier
SoHo, Manhattan
580 Broadway Suite 716
Btwn W Houston & Prince Streets
New York, New York 10012

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