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Academy of Wine: Michael's Picks

Come to the next Academy of Wine with unique and varied selections by The Academy's Wine Director & Sommelier Michael Wells

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Academy of Wine: Michael's Picks
Academy of Wine: Michael's Picks

Time & Location

Apr 18, 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

The Rise, 1699 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

About the Event

Come to the next Academy of Wine with unique and varied selections by The Academy's Wine Director & Sommelier Michael Wells, who will also lead this tasting class.

We would like to thank member, Bryan Smith, for once again arranging facility access at The Rise Hayes Valley, where this event will be held (details for access will be sent to all ticketholders).


Please note: this event is available exclusively for Academy Members (limit 1 guest). If you are interested, please click here to learn more, schedule a tour, and apply for membership


This event will follow all local health guidelines related to COVID-19. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Michael Wells is The Academy's wine director and sommelier. At only 21 years old, Michael got his start in wine, moving to New York and starting to work at City Winery, a winery, restaurant, and concert venue. During his five year tenure he pursued the Court of Master Sommeliers certification as well as interning for Wine & Spirits Magazine and leading Wine Tours for City Wine Tours. Despite being one of the youngest people in the certification program when he took the level 2 exam, Michael was the top scorer and also received the Walter Clore Award for excellence in wine.

After many years spent working the floor as a sommelier, one of Michael’s favorite parts of his job now is education; helping people discover new wines and feel confident in their selection, eliminating the pretension that has marked the wine industry for many years.

His goal at The Academy is to share his passion and experience in the industry with Academy members to create informed wine consumers.  He aims to do this by offering wine programming that is engaging yet educational and curating a balanced wine list that offers both classics and hidden gems.

In addition to overseeing The Academy’s wine program, Michael also dances professionally for Diablo Ballet, where he debuted a new choreographic production in 2021.


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