The Level 1 Award in Wines course is a thorough introduction to the world of wine suitable for those working in wine or hospitality and devoted wine enthusiasts. This qualification provides a solid foundation for those new to wine study or those wanting to start a career in the wine business! You will explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings. Upon completing the course and passing the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin!
Prerequisite: None, just a great deal of enthusiasm!
The world of wine can seem daunting. How do you know the differences between wines, and what information can you use to help identify these differences?
This course is designed to offer some simple answers to these questions. It will introduce you to the main styles of wine, principal grape varieties, and other examples of wines. This will enable you to read many wine labels and know what to expect from the wine inside the bottle. You will also cover wine service and the theory of pairing wine and food—you will discover that some simple rules make this subject easy to understand.
In this class, students will hone their tasting abilities with expert-guided tastings of 8 wines while learning:
The main types and styles of wine
Common wine grapes and their characteristics
How to make food and wine pairings
How to store and serve wine
How to taste and describe wines using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®
The highlight of the class is an extensive discussion of the principles of food and wine pairing accompanied by a hands-on demonstration that each student participates in. After learning these key principles, you can apply them to your food and wine choices!
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to taste wine using a globally recognized approach and identify key styles of wine and characteristics of important grape varieties.
Anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarize themselves with the corresponding specification. This document will help you understand what to expect and what you will get from the course.