Los Angeles - Wine Education and Schools

This is a list with links to various Wine Education and Schools in and around Los Angeles.
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The Wine House

The Wine House is one of the west side’s largest wine retailers featuring an astonishing selection of over 7,000 cutting-edge wines, value-wines, spirits, beers and wine accessories. Food & Wine Magazine just named us "Oe of the TOP 10 WINE STORES IN THE WORLD"!! We are also LA’s leader in wine education hosting hundreds of seminars and tastings each year including the prestigious London-based WSET certification curriculum. Our Private Event client list includes celebrities, directors and producers, numerous entertainment, law and financial firms including DreamWorks, Activision, Warner Bros., Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, O'Melveny & Meyers, Wells Fargo Advisors, Oppenheimer, Green Hasson Janks and many others. Our experienced wine experts are available for YOUR event. So remember for your next birthday, anniversary, wedding shower, office/club event, or anything other gathering that needs a little extra ZING, that we can take Wine House Classes on the road. Call us at 310/479-3731 or go to www.winehouse.com for a complete listing of class dates and descriptions.
2311 Cotner Avenue
Los Angles, CA 90064
ph. 310-479-3731

Tom DiNardo - The Wine Zealot

In 1987 Tom DiNardo began working in the California wine industry. He founded DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers in 1993. As a charity wine auctioneer, he has presided over many of the nation’s most acclaimed wine auctions. Tom is a nationally recognized sommelier, spirits & wine appraiser, wine educator, wine expert, and wine judge for many international wine competitions. Mr. DiNardo is a freelance wine writer for the Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and Santé Magazines, and other wine journals. He was a regularly featured auctioneer for the former ERI wine auction gallery. Tom DiNardo now serves as V.P. of Outreach for the Natl. Assoc. of Professional Appraisers (NAPA), and he is also a certified insurance fraud investigator (CIFI). Tom performs wine appraisals and expert witness services for insurance companies, banks, law firms, and individuals. Tom DiNardo is perhaps best known by his Internet wine personality – The Wine Zealot. Through these unique experiences Tom has gained invaluable knowledge about wines and the wine industry. With a reverence for the grape, Tom DiNardo continues his passionate pursuit today as a wine educator who teaches others about oenology and wine collecting.
PO Box
Seattle, WA.
ph. 855-946-3825

Stephanie Baden-Savoir Wines

Savoir Wines was established in 2010 by Founder and Owner Stephanie Baden. Since then, as Certified Specialist in Wine &Professional Member of Society of Wine Educators -Stephanie Baden conducts private education and small group events - programs recognized by the ACFEF est 1929. Stephanie is a Wine Location Specialist accredited by the CIVC and the IVDP, certified to lead wine education seminars, tastings and dinners specific to Champagne and Port. In 2012, previously passing exam with essay,she was one of 125 people across the globe with this terroir driven certificate. For many years, Stephanie traveled for onsite visitations to the wineries "bodegas", businesses,etc.in South America. Currently, Stephanie is a French Scholar candidate,top scoring preliminary exams,maintaining membership and continuing education with the Wine Scholar Guild. Choose California and international fine wines with confidence at the various price levels. Choose fine wines for their history and prestige. Choose fine wines whether they are unoaked or oaked. Identify the gout de terre in the bottle! To discuss your needs for a business event or private gathering, contact Stephanie at (213)880-5992
600 W 9th St. -across from Ralph's Fresh Fare Supermarket in DTLA
Los Angeles, CA
ph. 2138805992

Ian Blackburn, Founder, LearnAboutWine.com

Ian Blackburn wineLA.com/LearnAboutWine.com Since 1990, Ian has performed and produced events for millions of wine enthusiasts. Today, Ian is considered LA’s leading wine educator: trusted by Fortune 500 Companies and as a host for all visiting wine appellations. His wineLA audience is 100,000 strong and growing, allowing Ian to share his passion for wine in both his classroom & at a growing series of wineLA.com events. Available for hire for private events and as a compliment to your auction.
530 Molino St #218
Los Angeles, CA
ph. 310-451-7600

Royal Bartending School "The Art of Mixology"

A fantastic 40 hour course where you will learn hundreds of drink recipes, study bartending in theory and have hands on training in our bartending / lounge facility. After successfully completing this class, you will have become a certified mixologist! In addition to this certification, you also have the opportunity to attend the ABC LEAD training class and receive a certification card. So whether you are looking to change careers or just become the host with the most, come MIX with us!
181 West 2nd Street
Pomona, Ca.
ph. 909.620.7488

Sip Happens Wine School

Sip Happens Wine School is a practical and unpretentious school designed for both beginning and intermediate wine enthusiasts. We offer a variety of events and classes that cover the diverse world of both wine and spirits. Examples of our unique classes and events include; educational workshops, food and wine cooking classes, dinner pairing events, and exciting travel “field trips” throughout Southern California. Check out our class schedule for upcoming events! ​
3717 Fourth Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Toshio Ueno, Master Sake Sommelier (SSI Japan Certification)

Certified Master Sake & Shochu Sommelier, Jizake Educator. Born in Japan where his family has grown Japanese wine grape, Koshu, for generations, Toshio grew up helping the business from a young age. Following his college education in the US and employment at an international trading company in Tokyo, Toshio joined Chateraise, a pastry and wine company as Director of Sales. There, he was put in charge of overseeing the personal wine collection of the company's president, which intrigued him to enter the world of wine stewardship and research. Toshio joined Mutual Trading Company in 2002, where he is Manger of the Business Development Department in marketing Japanese foods, Jizake, and Shochu to the mainstream American trade. With his passion and expertise in Jizake, Shochu, and Wine, Toshio aims to further promote Japanese food and Sake cultures to new, international audiences. He has hosted "The Science of Sake" VIP Sake Pairing , "Mystery of Sake" VIP Sake Investigation Lecture,"LA Sake Festival" Sake Education Class, and "Japanese Food Festival" Sake Seminar in 2009. Since 2010, he has been Vice President & Executive Instructor at Sake School of America.
431 Crocker Street
Los Angeles, CA
ph. 213-830-9570