NASA (North American Sommelier Association) is the exclusive teaching institution of this internationally prestigious certification in the United States and Canada, under the strict supervision of the WSA - the largest Sommelier organization in the world - which directly issues the course certificates from its European headquarters in Rome.
This Sommelier course requires no previous professional wine background, although some prior basic wine knowledge is strongly recommended.
Due to the detail provided, extensive lecture time and overall complete program, students receive all materials required to successfully complete the course, inclusive of 5 high quality international standard books (3 of which are published by NASA and the WSA), wine tasting card and wine color chart, embroidered & padded Sommelier wine glass/bottle/books/corkscrew carrier bag, 2 Bormioli Rocco custom tasting glasses and a complete course notebook for notes, tastings and pairings. No self-purchase of texts is required !
This course is an incredible opportunity for people passionate about the glorious world of wine and to those whose familiarity lacks true breadth. It is a full Sommelier course tailored to those who either already work in the wine and hospitality industries or those who desire to obtain the highest levels of knowledge & certification as a personal goal, as well as individuals looking to enter the industry with a suitable resume'.
NASA very strongly believes in the value of first hand knowledge & classroom time. Self study has proven to be excessively laborious, costly, unfocused and less effective. As a consequence, the WSA/NASA SILVER-PIN CERTIFIED SOMMELIER course was designed as a "hands on" approach, entirely taught by an extensive roster of professionals & experts in the subjects covered, some of the most qualified and awarded in their fields and often natives of the countries and wine regions they are teaching. This provides students with a direct, tutored and broad view of the complex world of wine, as well as an opportunity to network extensively with industry peers and create new and exciting friendships between them through shared experience, study groups and camaraderie.
The course includes tastings of more than 120 of the finest wines and spirits from all over the globe, as well as dozens of food preparations for the 'food & wine pairing' phase.
Food and Wine Pairing is one of the curriculum's biggest strengths. Developed in the 1950's and expanded upon since, it is highly regarded around the world and patented by the WSA. Our unique and patented technical pairing method and chart is based on chemistry, bio-chemistry and human physiology, as well as time honored tradition. This method is a trademark of the Worldwide Sommelier Association and utilized by all of its global member organizations.
Students must complete and successfully pass the examination (written, practical & oral) at the end of the course to attain the internationally recognized WSA/NASA SILVER PIN CERTIFIED SOMMELIER qualification, after which they may continue their careers with numerous 'MASTERS' programs and the 'GOLD PIN CERTIFIED SOMMELIER' qualification (Gold Pin qualification rules may be found on page 10 of our statute).