The Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center

For over two decades, the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center at Boston University’s Metropolitan College has offered the Certificate Program in Wine Studies to industry professionals, graduate students, and collectors.

Certificate Program in Wine Studies

MET’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center offers a four-level Wine Studies curriculum that provides personal enrichment and enhances wine expertise for a range of students, including:

  • Industry professionals
  • Consumers who wish to enjoy wine to a greater degree
  • Aspiring wine collectors
  • Students who want to explore wine in the broader cultural context of food and cuisine
  • People whose goal is to enter the wine trade

A certificate from Boston University is provided upon successful completion of each Level 1 through 4, enhancing one’s opportunity to work in the wine industry. The knowledge obtained through these courses will prove invaluable, even for those already in the industry.

Online Instruction

Due to public health concerns, classes will meet exclusively online until further notice. Students who register for a wine class will receive a link and instructions with how to access the course material and weekly class meetings online through Blackboard. Please note that the time between registering for the class and accessing Blackboard may be up to one week, so advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Wine Tastings

A wine tasting sample kit (included in the course price) will be available for pick-up at the Programs in Food & Wine offices on the BU Campus at 808 Commonwealth Avenue 1:30-5:30 pm on each class meeting day.

Refund Policy

  • Before first class meeting: Full refund
  • After first class meeting: Prorated refund (full tuition minus one class session)
  • After second class meeting: Prorated refund (full tuition minus two class sessions)
  • After third class meeting: No refund

Learn from Expert Instructors

With decades of experience, our faculty offer insight into multiple areas of the beverage and restaurant industries, as well as wine and food journalism. Instructors Bill Nesto and Sandy Block each hold the designation of Master of Wine (MW) from the Institute of Masters of Wine, a wine-trade certification considered to be the world’s most prestigious and difficult to attain.

Network with Industry Professionals

The Massachusetts beverage and restaurant trades recognize the merits of Boston University’s Wine Studies program, and those in the industry frequently hire our graduates. In addition, industry professionals often participate in advanced classes, sharing their unique perspective and providing networking opportunities.

The Wine Studies Curriculum

All students, including those already in the industry, will benefit from the expertise of instructors Sandy Block, Bill Nesto, Beth Ann Dahan, Jacquelyn Groeper, and Ara Sarkissian.

For more information, contact us.

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Level 1 Vs. Level 2

Deciding between Level 1 and Level 2? Take this quiz to find out which class is the appropriate starting point for you.

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