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Wine Sommelier and Wine Appreciation

Wine SommelierIf enjoying wine is your passion, indulge yourself by learning to appreciate all that goes into good wine or go to the net level and prepare to become a wine sommelier, an expert ready to work in a restaurant. See how to pair your culinary creations with complementary wines for unforgettable meals. You don't have to be an expert in the kitchen to take our classes; they are specially designed for beginners, intermediates and advanced-level enthusiasts.

Wine AppreciationIndulge your passion for wine and become a true connoisseur.

Discover how to complement your menu with harmonious wine selections for any meal. This certificate program is perfect for wine lovers who want in-depth understanding of wine production, varietals, tastings, pairings, vintages and more. Get professional tips for buying, selling and serving wine.


  • Initiation to Wine, LFS 0391
  • Survey of Wines of the World, LFS 0392
  • Food, Wine and Cellars, LFS 0393
  • Wine Appreciation Exam, LFS 0404 (scheduled as needed after you have taken the above classes)

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wine sommelierTurn your passion for wine into a career.

Harper's Wine Sommelier Digital Badge builds on your basic understanding of wine and elevates your expertise to a professional level. This Digital Badge will prepare you for jobs with importers, distributors, fine wine shops, restaurants, wine bars and hotels. Sommeliers (wine stewards) provide exemplary wine service, creating the greatest possible experience for their customers and guests.

In the Tasting and Serving class, you will master tasting methods as well as buying, selling and serving wine. This class also includes an internship at a local restaurant to provide you with hands-on experience. You will spend three evenings over the course of the semester at the restaurant, set up through your instructor at a time convenient for you.


  • Wine Sommelier: Tasting and Serving, LFS 0501  (Fall semester)
  • Wine Sommelier: Europe, LFS 0502   (Spring semester)
  • Wine Sommelier Exam, LFS 0405   (scheduled as needed after you have taken the above classes)

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Try your hand at brewing your own beer or go more in-depth with sparkling wines and spirits. Courses include Introduction to Wine, Spirits and Beer; Introduction to Wine; and Home Brewing. 

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Harper College offers you the culinary expertise of talented instructors who enjoy working with seasoned cooks and with kitchen newbies wanting to try something new. Our hands-on courses run anywhere from one evening to eight weeks. You can start off with the basics of Cooking 101 or discover how to create ethnic and regional specialties such as Spanish paella, Southern fried chicken or French panne au chocolat.

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Call: 847.925.6300

In-Person: Wojcik Conference Center Lobby, Building W, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine