WSET stands for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, a global wine education and examination body based in London. The WSET Level 3 course (formerly called the advanced certificate) is one of the most globally-recognized achievements in the wine industry. The WSET Level 3 course (formerly called the advanced certificate) is one of the most globally-recognized achievements in the wine industry. Offered by Grape Experience, the most experienced provider of WSET certifications on the West Coast, the Level 3 Certificate is geared towards wine professionals or people interested in entering the wine industry, especially those looking for increased responsibility, leadership, and decision-making. Wine enthusiasts with a serious commitment and passion will also enjoy this course, as it is interactive and customized to individual class dynamics and interests.
In this newly-revised program, we’ll embark on an in-depth examination—and systematic tasting program—of every major world wine region, including France, Italy, Spain, and other regions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. For each region we examine the soil, climate, viticulture and winemaking factors that impact wine style, quality, and price. We’ll also cover additional types of wine, including fortified and sparkling wines, as well as spirits and liqueurs. Systematic wine tasting is a part of every session, with more than 90 wines tasted in the course.
Class: June 7th- August 2nd*
Exam: August 2nd- 10am-1pm
* June 7th will be hosted via live webinar. Future classes will be offered in-person subject to county Shelter in Place Order Status. Once in-person classes resume, classes will still be available via live webcast. No classes will be conducted July 5th, 19th & 26th
** Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.
Class: Oct 25 - Nov 22 *
Exam: Dec 13th 10am - 1pm
*No Class Nov 29 & Dec 6
*Includes a 1 hour lunch break. See dining options near us.
Wine is included in the price of your program. If in-person tastings have not yet resumed by the time your class begins or if you are unable to attend class in person, registrants may pickup a wine tasting kit with class wines at the school by appointment or have it shipped to you for an additional fee. You will be notified of pickup procedures prior to class.
San Francisco Wine School*
415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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*See our COVID-19 Response Information for the latest updates on In-Person and Online Classes.
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 3 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 exam for Level 3 is in two parts: A 30 minute blind wine tasting and then a 1 hour and 45 minute theory exam with multiple-choice and short answer questions. Students who successfully pass a final examination, including the written and tasting portions, are entitled to the title “WSET Level 3 Certified” and to use the WSET logo on their professional materials.
Note, you do not have to take Level 2 before Level 3.
Led by Adam Chase, DWS, Grape Experience is the most experienced WSET provider on the west coast and has been honored with the prestigious Wine Educator of the Year Award from the WSET in 2012 and two subsequent nominations in 2017 and 2018.
All attendees must be 21+ years