WSET Level 2 by Grape Experience - Certification Course

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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 - In Person Feb 26 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Saturday
Register by Feb 20 Feb 27 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Sunday
SOLD OUT Mar 5 - Class 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday
Mar 13 - Online Exam 12:00pm - 1:00pm Sunday


Session 2- In Person Apr 02 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Saturday
Register by Mar 27 Apr 09 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Saturday
Apr 10 - Class 9:00am - 1:00pm Sunday
Apr 23 - Online Exam 12:00pm - 1:00pm Saturday

Session 3- In Person June 11 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Saturday
Register by June 5 June 12 - Class  9:30am - 5:00pm* Sunday
June 18 - Class 9:00am - 1:00pm Sunday
June 26 - 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.


  • Registration & Exam Fees
  • Tastings of 40 Wines 
  • 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

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

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