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Lindsay Pomeroy

Lindsay Pomeroy has been teaching about wine since 2006 when she founded Wine Smarties, San Diego's first wine education school. Always improving her own skills, she is actively pursuing the Master of Wine title. Full of pizazz and endless ideas, she adds sparkle to the world of wine.
WSET Level 2 Certification in Wine and Spirits: The WSET Level 2 Certificate is designed for those who have little to no previous knowledge of wines and spirits. The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the industry but have a serious interest in wine or spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. It is a 16 hour program taught over 5 classes with a exam on class 6. We cover the main grapes, regions, styles of wines around the world. You will improve your ability to taste and understand labels.
French Wine Scholar Certification Program: The French Wine Scholar program is an official certification course of study designed by the French Wine Society to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France. It is endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office and is taught by licensed French Wine Scholar Instructors. Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.
Trend Spotting: Tasting through the Global Wine Trends: In this class we will be tasting through the most pertinent global wine trends; sparkling wines, roses, red blends, “terroir” wines and more. We will discuss the global wine consumer while determining which trend will stick and which won’t. Costs $40pp.
The Institute of Masters of Wine. Master of Wine
Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits
French Wine Society. San Diego, CA. French Wine Specialist
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
Wine Academy of Spain. San Diego, CA. Certified Spanish Wine Educator
Lafayette College. Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Arts
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
The Wine Smarties. San Diego, CA. Owner
San Diego Magazine. San diego, CA. Contributing Writer
Andaz Hotel. San Diego, CA. Wine Director
Wine Connection Del Mar. Del Mar, CA. Wine Sales specialist
Hotel Del Eno Wine Bar. San Diego, CA. Wine Server
Dussini Mediterranean Bistro. San Diego, CA. Wine Director
Wine Steals. San diego, CA. Manager
Padres Baseball Wine Bar. San Diego, CA. Wine Director
Inventory Management
Private Cellar Consultation
Regional Expertise: Germany
Regional Expertise: France
Regional Expertise: California
Regional Expertise: Spain
Tasting Room
Wine and Food Pairing
Wine Educator
Wine List Creation
Wine Retail
Wine Service- Bar or Wine Bar
Wine Service- Management
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Writer
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
Wine Events and Fundraisers
Private Wine Classes
Lindsay Pomeroy has been teaching about wine since 2006 when she founded Wine Smarties, San Diego's first wine education school. Always improving her own skills, she is actively pursuing the Master of Wine title. Full of pizazz and endless ideas, she adds sparkle to the world of wine.
When I first to moved to San Diego after living abroad teaching English in Italy, I took a job as a wine salesperson and fell in love with it. The wine that turned me into a wine enthusiast was a German Riesling from the Nahe. I loved the purity and intensity of the style, which I still covet today. Learning about the world of wine has been equal parts humbling, challenging and exhilarating. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
  • Glenelly Estate South African Bordeaux blend
  • Remoissenet Vosne Romanee, Burgundy
  • Barth Charta Riesling
  • Craggy Range Gimlett Gravels Syrah 2011, Hawkes Bay New Zealand
  • Grilled Lamb chop on summer salad paired Bollig Lehnert Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2007

  • Wine Education with Lindsay

  • All about Bubblies

  • Blind Tasting White Wines

  • Blind tasting red wines

  • Sweet Wines
Student in Institute of Masters of Wine
Society of Wine Educators
French Wine Society Wine Educator
WSET satellite School
American Institute of Wine and Food
  • WSET Diploma Level 4 with Distinction
  • San Diego Magazine's Women Who Move the City Finalist 2009-2011
  • Recipient for Wines of Germany Scholarship-based on Academic Excellence
Brand Ambassador for Wines of Germany
Brand Ambassador for Napa Valley Vintners Association
  • RFA Wealth Management
  • Abby Who Records
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Pacific Magazine
  • Delaware North Sports Services
  • OTG Management Airport Food and Beverage Services
  • Clairemont Chamber of Commerce
  • Hotel Del Coronado
  • Hyatt-Andaz Hotels
  • Women's Museum of California
  • Kashi Foods
  • Provide Commerce
  • San Diego Magazine
  • Padres Baseball
Lindsay Pomeroy offers private wine classes and wine events to consumers. In addition, the wine certification courses offered are open to the general wine enthusiast.
After going wine tasting in Paso Robles I mentioned to my boyfriend that I would love to take a course on how to taste wine. I know I love wine, but I have never known what exactly to be looking for in a better wine. He took me the Basic Tasting 101 class that was held in a private room at 57 Degrees. I didn't know what to expect and was blown away. I was blown away not only by how knowledgable Lindsay is, but how much knowledge other people in the class had. I could take this class a couple more times and learn something new every time. I really enjoyed Lindsay's approach to teaching, her demeanor, and overall knowledge on the wines she was speaking about. We already have two classes on our calendars to come back and try. I would recommend this class to anyone that would like an opportunity to expand their knowledge of what wine is really all about, and wants to do so in a comfortable, and fun setting. Way to go with providing us a 5 star experience.
- Amanda O, Wine Enthusiast

Where do I start?! I wanted to get into wine and make wine my career so I looked into Lindsay's WSET program called Wine Smarties. Best decision I ever made! Her classes were fun, super informative and taught me so much. After only a month since completing my level 2, I got a full time wine and beverage steward job where I also order all the retail product for a store that does $120k a week! Without this school and Lindsay's awesome guidance, I'd never be in this industry. She also has SO many connections and will help with job placement since she knows loads of industry people. Well worth the money and time invested to better my wine knowledge and career. Can't thank her enough for helping me get to where I want to be in my life!
- Andrew S-Smarties Success Story

“When I began my research for where to receive the best education in wine, I thought I would have to drive up to L.A.. Luckily I came across The Wine Smarties and soon learned more about Lindsay, her approach to teaching and programs with the WSET. After taking Lindsay’s classes, I began my search for a job to accelerate my knowledge of wine and I entered the industry almost immediately. I was then better prepared to talk about, teach and sell wine. Lindsay is personable, helpful, very knowledgeable, and extremely passionate about helping people gain confidence in understanding the grand world of wine. Whether you are looking to join the industry or become an educated enthusiast, Lindsay is your best choice.”
- Colleen R. Wine Enthusiast

Lindsay Pomeroy
Lindsay Pomeroy
San Diego, CA
United States

The Wine Smarties
Chief Wine Educator

Lindsay Pomeroy has been teaching wine classes, certification courses as well as running wine events for over 10 years in San Diego, California.  Her career in wine really began when she was hired as the Manager for the original Wine Steals in Hillcrest.  It was there that she realized the general public was thirsty to expand their understanding of this complex, elusive beverage.  She sought to quench their thirst by founding San Diego's first wine education company.  Through wine events, wine classes, and certification courses, the Wine Smarties vision was and still is to help enthusiasts everywhere improve their understanding of the world of wine. 
As the first and exclusive instructor for both the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) and French Wine Scholar certification programs for San Diego, Lindsay has helped her students achieve their personal dreams and goals in the wine industry, which has had the surprising consequence of improving the San Diego wine scene as a whole. 

Lindsay Pomeroy tailors private wine classes to corporations and individuals alike, ensuring that the client's needs always come before her own in customizable classes.  In addition, Lindsay organizes and manages both small and large scale events. Most notably, she helped create the Annual Cheese, Chocolate and Wine Festival with the Women's Museum of California, now an 800+ person sell-out event. 

In addition to classes and events, Lindsay has many years experience working as a Wine Director in restaurants and wine bars alike, again putting the customer's needs before her own to ensure complete satisfaction.  Lindsay has also been a contributing writer for San Diego Magazine and through her dynamic and far-reaching vision, was nominated as a finalist for the Magazine's "Women Who Move the City" in 2009, 2010, and 2011. 

Finally, in her tireless quest to be the best she can at what she does, Lindsay has sat the 4 day Master of Wine exam in June 2015 passing the grueling theory portion and plans to expand her reach when she becomes San Diego's first and only Master of Wine (2017) by offering more courses and publishing her perspective on the world of wine.