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The Wine Elite Sommelier Training Academy

The Wine Elite Sommelier Company

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM (PST)

Newport Beach, CA

The Wine Elite Sommelier Training Academy

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Sommelier Training Academy - 4-Week Course Package Feb 3, 2015 $479.00 $9.95

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Attention Wine Enthusiasts, Hospitality Employees and Aspiring Sommeliers:

The Wine Elite’s professional development academy—the first and only of its kind in Orange County—is designed to be a fast-paced, fun and effective kick-starter for your career as a professional sommelier—or a valuable “industry insider’s” view for avid wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Course attendees meet Tuesdays, 6:00-8:15 PM in February to receive:

  • Four interactive tasting seminars on the essentials of the world of wine, for exam and career success. 
  • Wine service training, including guided live practice in a fine restaurant setting
  • Training by experts in blind tasting methodology—including over 40 typical wines
  • We help you make the decision for the programs of the major certification programs, like the Society of Wine Edcuators and WSET, with independent clarity based on your goals. Know the certification path for you before committing to any of them. Our instructors are graduates from all 3 programs.
  • Intensive industry overview and career planning with individualized guidance on exam and career strategy—plus priceless information on wine industry networking and current pay levels in the industry.

There is currently no equivalent to this integrated sommelier training academy in Orange County. After just four weeks, you’ll have a clear road map for your career, many new skills, and an impressive array of knowledge and service experience under your belt. 

But most valuable of all, you’ll know many others in your shoes with whom you can form wine tasting and study groups—a key success factor for any aspiring sommelier.

The Wine Bible

In addition to a set of course materials, resource lists and career references, you’ll receive a copy of our class textbook, Karen MacNeil’s renowned The Wine Bible.

Time: Classes begin Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM at the Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach, and will continue to meet weekly until the end of the month.

Cost: This four-week intensive course, including wines and course materials, is priced at $479.

Our Guarantee: If for any reason you decide during the first session that the course is not for you, we’ll gladly give you a prorated refund for the remaining sessions—no hard feelings, no questions asked. You can even keep your free copy of The Wine Bible.

To ensure quality, hands-on attention for each attendee, space in the course will be very limited and first-come-first-served. Reserve your place now, or request the detailed syllabus.

For more information, call 858-779-4125 or write to for more information, or buy the ticket here on eventbrite. Our team will be in touch with you on the same day. 


Joey Kleinhans

The Wine Elite Sommelier Training Academy is directed by Jörn “Joey” Kleinhans, owner of the Wine Elite Sommelier Company, Southern California’s premier provider of sommelier-guided wine tasting experiences to high-end private, corporate and hospitality industry clients. You will benefit from 3 different instructors in this course, each one a graduate from one of the 3 major credential organizations. For more about Wine Elite, visit us at

All the following wines will be tasted and analyzed during this course:

Malbec from Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
Carmenere from Colchagua
Pinot Noir from Burgundy
Cabenet Franc from Loire, France
Chardonnay from Chablis or Burgundy
Riesling from Mosel, Germany
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Italy
Sangiovese from Chianti, Italy
Sauvignon from New Zealand
Torrontes from Argentina
Shiraz from Australia
Zinfandel from Sonoma
Petite Sirah from Paso Robles
Chardonnay from Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France
Merlot from Bordeaux, France
Gamay from Beaujolais, France
Syrah from Northern Rhone, France
Sauvignon from Loire Valley, France
Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
Rose from Provence
Rose from Tavel
Sangiovese from Brunello, Italy
Viognier from Northern Rhone
Corvina from Amarone della Valpolicella
Pinot Noir from Oregon
Tempranillo from Rioja Gran Reserva
Merlot from Washington
Garnacha from Priorato
Zinfandel from Paso Robles
Pinot Noir from Carneros
Pinotage from South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
Pinot Noir from Martinborough
Gamay from Beaujolais Cru
Barbera from Piemonte
Grenache from Southern Rhone
Chenin Blanc from Vouvray
Albarino from Rias Baixas
Pinot Gris from Alsace
Cava from Spain
Prosecco from Emilia Romagna
Chardonnay from Champagne
Asti from Piemonte
Moscato D'Asti from Piemonte
Mourvedre from Bandol
Lambrusco from Italy

Have questions about The Wine Elite Sommelier Training Academy? Contact The Wine Elite Sommelier Company

When & Where

Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM (PST)

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The Wine Elite Sommelier Company

The Wine Elite Sommelier Company is America’s final destination for serious wine lovers. Our entertaining wine seminars are dedicated to tasting high-quality wines from around the world, with a systematic and long-lasting educational approach.


What recent past attendees thought:

"I thought the course was VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING!  I am a wine novice, just casually enjoyed  wine, and had next to no knowledge…..I felt it gave so much information and I am totally hooked, and want to keep learning! – I will definitely take it again, or the certification course.  I am also going to refer a few friends."

"I really enjoyed the class.  I had been looking for some sort of low pressure, fun sommelier educational class for over a year and I feel so fortunate to have come across your class.  I thought things were organized and ran very well.  I liked how fast paced and extremely educational it was. I am impressed with how much I learned in such a short time period. Thank you for doing a great job!"


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