WSET Level 2 by Grape Experience - Certification Course

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.

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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.


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.

Unit 1:        Systematic tasting technique, wine service and storage

Unit 2:        Factors influencing 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. 

Session 1 - In Person Only

Class: Saturdays, Mar 4th & Mar 18th, 9:30am - 5:00pm*
Class: Saturday, Mar 25th, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Exam: Saturday, Apr 1st, 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

Session 2 - In person only

Class: Saturdays, July 1st & July 8th, 9:30am - 5:00pm*
Class: Saturday, July 15th, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Online Exam: Sunday, July 23rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

Session 3 - In person only

Class: Saturdays, September 16th & 23rd, 9:30am - 5:00pm*
Class: Saturday, September 30th, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Online Exam: Saturday, October 7th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

(alternate exam dates and in person paper-based exams are also available)

ENROLL BY September 12, 2023

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

 Apply for scholarship by Aug 31

In-Person Location

San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Registration Fee Includes

  • Registration & exam fees
  • 40 wines tasted during the program
  • WSET Level 2 complete study pack with an exclusive textbook and study workbook

Scholarship Application Deadline: Aug 31 

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

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. 

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

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

Scholarships Available

Are you in need of financial assistance to pay for this program? The Glancy Wine Education Foundation assists those looking to start or advance their career in wine or hospitality with educational scholarships of 60-100% depending on your level of need. Internship opportunites are also available through San Francisco Wine School. Learn More & Apply


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