Unless clearly noted in the name of the class, all of our classes are held at our Houston location in the Upper Kirby District. 2301 Portsmouth, Houston, TX 77098
How do I become a Sommelier?
While the term “sommelier” is not trademarked, most people in the profession associate the term with the Court of Master Sommeliers, which certifies candidates at various stages on the path to becoming a Master Sommelier by administering a three-pronged exam of Tasting, Theory and Service. While the Texas Wine School does not directly prepare students for a Court of Masters certification, we do offer a number of classes that will prepare students for both the Theory and Tasting components of the exam. In fact, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses are an attractive alternative to many who wish to further their wine knowledge without studying the service aspect of the business.
I don’t know anything about wine. Do you have any classes for beginners?
Yes! All of our non-certification classes are appropriate for beginners. Depending on the topic, the course may quickly go into some depth, but we do not presume that students come into class with any pre-existing wine knowledge. (Certification classes are multiple-week classes, clearly labeled as such in the course name / description.)
Do we get to taste wine in the class?
Yes! All of our classes include wine tasting. In each class, we guide students through a systematic approach to tasting wine that gives students a foundation for describing wines.
Do you serve food in class?
No. Even in food or cheese pairing classes, the portions are meant for tasting only. We recommend that students plan to eat dinner before they arrive.
When I browse through your classes, I see some that I would like to take, but I can’t find any availabilities. When will those classes be offered?
We like to keep our classes fresh, and are always adding brand new classes. Some of these may be similar to the class you are interested in. The best way to see what classes are offered soon is to view the calendar. If you still don’t see the topic that interests you, please let us know! Send an email to [email protected]. Many times, if we know there is enough interest, we are happy to add the class to our schedule.
Do you conduct private classes?
Yes! We are happy to arrange a private class to be held at our space or yours. We can customize a topic and structure for your group that meets your goals. Sit-down classes are limited to a maximum of 30 people, while less formal educational structures are available for larger groups. Pricing depends on the date of the event, the location of the event and the size of the group. Email [email protected] with specific questions.
The Texas Wine School is the first independent company to offer Wine Education Classes in Houston for the consumer and the wine industry.
The TWS wants all its students to become confident about their wine choices, whether they’re in a restaurant or a retail store.