There are usually beginner's courses that are just for people who want to learn the basics or just want to find out whether this type of consultancy would be right for them. Some people do wine courses when they want to learn more about what is available and be able to better decide what they like. These introductory sommelier's courses usually last just a few days and result in a basic certificate.
Beginner’s course in wine tasting usually cover but are not limited to the following:
- An introduction to basic wine tasting techniques
- Information on the world's leading grape varieties
- Styles of the major wine producing countries
- What sommeliers can expect with various types of wine
- Qualities to look for in a good wine
- How to describe a glass of wine
- Which dishes to serve with particular types of wine
Certified Wine Professionals (CWP) in the United States are usually accredited by the Culinary Institute of America. People who do the wine certification exam must do a practical section and a theory paper.
To enter the 30 week course at the Culinary Institute of America, you must have a bachelor's degree. People with extensive experience working in wine shops and restaurants may do short courses to complement their extensive experience instead of doing year long courses. They may also skip training and do an independent exam such as the CWP to validate their expertise.