WSET Level 1 by Grape Experience - Novice Certification Course

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A BEGINNER'S OVERVIEW OF WINE: A one-day intensive to begin your journey into wine and spirits. 

This day-long intensive program is geared to anyone with an interest in wine for personal enjoyment or launching a professional career.  It’s a particularly good starting point for people just beginning to work in restaurants, hospitality, or retail. Offered by Grape Experience, the most experienced provider of WSET certifications on the West Coast, the Level 1 Certificate program is a fun way to get up to speed on what wine is and how it differs by style. 

The Level 1 course provides a systematized way of learning about and tasting wine, focusing on knowledge that is practical, hands-on, and designed to build a foundation for future exploration. The course will introduce you to basics of wine, broad different styles, simple storage and service rules, and easy techniques for pairing wine with a range of foods. 

After the course, you’ll meet for a short, multiple-choice exam, and upon passing, will receive a Level 1 WSET certificate.

This course comes with a proprietary WSET wine workbook.


Session 1 - Intensive

In-Person Class: May 20th, Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm*
Exam June 10, 2023 at noon online or at another date to be arranged with Grape Experience

ENROLL BY May 13, 2023

*Includes 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.

This course will not be available on zoom and will not be recorded. You must attend in person. 



The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, or WSET, was founded in London in 1969 and is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education. WSET Level 1 is a great way for anyone who works in wine, wants a career in the wine industry or has a serious interest in the subject to deepen their knowledge.  

The program concludes with a short multiple choice examination. Students who earn a passing score will receive a WSET Level 1 Award. 



Led by Adam Chase, DWS, Grape Experience is a WSET educational powerhouse and the most experienced provider on the West Coast.  Adam won the prestigious Wine Educator of the Year Award from the WSET in 2012 and has been nominated twice since in 2017 and 2018.



  • Exam Fees
  • WSET Text Book


San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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All attendees must be 21+ years

WSET Level 1 certification is NOT required to take WSET Level 2 or WSET Level 3

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