For those looking to continue building their skillset and knowledge in wine and spirits education, SommCon has organized a list of resources you can access from home during COVID-19. See below for a list of our local and national partners offering online educational platforms, discounts, promos, and more.
The Wine Scholar Guild is offering 50% discount on their membership program, which gives you access to their vast library of educational webinars, online learning games, exclusive discounts and more! Click here and use code MEMBER50 to sign up today. Valid through April 15, 2020
They are also offering a 15% discount on the French Wine Scholar™, Italian Wine Scholar™, and Spanish Wine Scholar™ online programs in “Online Independent Study Format”, as well as all Master-Level programs (Loire, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Rhône). Click here and use the code WSGHOME15 to register. Valid through April 15, 2020
San Francisco Wine School is currently offering class fee reductions of up to 50% off online programs and workshops for industry professionals impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Italian Wine Central is an offering a 50% off “Stay at Home and Study Italian Wine” discount on their online wine education programs for April. To access promo codes and more information, click here.
Napa Valley Wine Academy is hosting 20-minute Facebook Live sessions on Mondays, Wednesday, and Saturdays. Additionally, access their online SommDay Service Course for free with code CovidSucks. Click here to get started.
They are also providing a 50% discount on Discovering Italian Wine Online with code wessupportu.
BarSmarts, a leading online bartender education program, is offering their online course for free with promo code Trybarsmarts.
The Society of Wine Educators (SWE) is supporting national wine and spirits industry professionals by extending 25 scholarships for their Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) programs through the end of April. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, please contact Vanessa Brandenburg at email@example.com.
Master of Wine Lindsay Pomeroy of Wine Smarties is offering a variety of different classes and courses online to help folks get wine smarter. These include the WSET courses online, a Home-Schooled Wine course, classes designed to support local industry members impacted by COVID19 and a variety of fun-yet-instructive classes designed to improve your tasting ability and global knowledge about wine. Click here for more info.
Hospitality and beverage industry professionals can register for a free online course through The Online Wine Course with Cristie Norman. To receive a discount code, please send Cristie a direct message on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to DM.
The course is also available for purchase at a 50% discount with code SUPPORTSOMMS. If you choose this option, $50 of your course fees will be donated under your name to the United Sommelier Foundation to benefit somms out of work.
The Council of Whiskey Masters is the only global program dedicated to whiskey education and certification. All qualifications can be earned remotely, with worldclass reading materials and online exam, leading to the “Certified Scotch Professional” or “Certified Bourbon Professional” designations. The Council’s programs are backed by more than 30 of the leading whiskey experts in the world. Detailed information can be found here.