WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF WINE: An entry-level weekend program to support customer service and sales functions in the hospitality, retailing and wholesaling industries.
This entry-level certification program, offered by Grape Experience, the most experienced provider of WSET certifications on the West Coast, covers wines of the world. The focus is on how to professionally taste wine, factors that influence style, quality and price, and an in-depth review of major grape varieties and wine types. Wine tasting is a part of every session with over 40 wines tasted during the program.
|Session 1 - Online||Apr 17 - Class||9:30am - 5:00pm*||Saturday|
|Register by Apr 10||
Apr 18 - Class
9:30am - 5:00pm*
|Apr 25 - Class||
9:00am - 1:00pm
May 02 - Exam
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Sunday|
|Session 2 - In Person||Sep 18 - Class||9:30am - 5:00pm*||Saturday|
|Register by Sep 12||Sep 19 - Class||9:30am - 5:00pm*||Sunday|
|Sep 26 - Class||9:00am - 1:00pm||Sunday|
|Oct -2 - Online Exam||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Saturday|
|Session 3 - In Person||Dec 4 - Class||9:30am - 5:00pm*||Saturday|
|Register by Nov 28||Dec 5 - Class||9:30am - 5:00pm*||Sunday|
|Dec 11 - Class||9:00am - 1:00pm||Saturday|
|Dec 18 - Online Exam||12:00pm - 1:00pm||Saturday|
*Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.
Unit 1: Systematic tasting technique, wine service and storage
Unit 2: Factors influencing the style quality and price of wine, label terminology
Unit 3: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – the grapes and wine style differences from around the world – the basics on Burgundy
Unit 4: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc – the grapes and wine style differences from around the world – the basics on Bordeaux
Unit 5: Syrah/Shiraz, Grenache and Riesling – the grapes and wine style differences from around the world – the basics on the Rhone and Germany
Unit 6: Other Important White Grape Varieties/Wines, Sweet Wines
Unit 7: Other Important Black Grape Varietals/Wines
Unit 8: Sparkling & Fortified wines (Sherry and Port)
Unit 9: Exam: 1 hour, 50 multiple-choice questions.
Each session includes tasting of at least five wines.
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 2 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 one-hour, 50 multiple choice examination. Students who earn a passing score of 55% (27 correct answers) will receive a WSET Level 2 Award. Students who earn a score of 70% - 84% pass with Merit. Those who earn a score of 85% or above pass with Distinction.
Led by Adam Chase, DWS, Grape Experience is a WSET educational powerhouse. With a WSET Level 2 pass rate of 95%, we believe no one else better prepares students for this popular certification. Grape Experience has been honored with the prestigious Wine Educator of the Year Award from the WSET.
San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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*See our latest Re-Opening Information for updates on In-Person and Online Classes.
All attendees must be 21+ years
WSET Level 1 certification is NOT required to take WSET Level 2
WSET Level 2 certification is NOT required to take WSET Level 3