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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits (Spring 2019)

Fees:
945.00 CAD + 5% GST
Prerequisites:
WSET Level 1 or equivalent experience

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This program is offered in conjunction with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Curriculum

Spring 2019 Course Dates: 12 weeks (Tuesdays)

April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25

Contact Hours: 33 (3 Hours per session) + Exam

Course Fees:

Tuition: $795.00 + Exam: $150.00 = $945.00

Textbook & Study Guide: $100.00 + GST

Includes Key Fact Sheets, Maps, Self Checks and Practice Exams (including answer keys), Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine, Tasting Notes etc.

Kit (6 ISO Tasting glasses, tasting sheets):  $45.00 + GST/PST (if you have taken the WSET Foundation course, you do not need to purchase another kit). 

Course Competencies:

This course is designed to give the student upon successful completion:

  • A basic understanding of the major wines & spirits of the world, their production methods and region of origin.
  • The ability to describe the characteristics of the principal wines and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and value.
  • The product knowledge required to underpin job skills required for advising customers in the hospitality and retail sectors.
  • An understanding of the principles of food and wine matching and how those principles are applied
  • Ability to use the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting to gain an appreciation of wine style and quality.
  • Knowledge on the correct storage and service of wines and spirits

Course Prerequisites: Level 1 Foundation or relevant wine experience.  

Student Evaluation: The final examination consists of one 50 question multiple choice paper.

Instructor Availability Outside of Class: No

Weekly Outline:

Week 1 – Factors Affecting Wine Style & Price / Tasting Technique

  • The effects of climate, soil, annual weather & topography
  • Understanding winemaking & viticulture
  • Factors affecting cost
  • Wine tasting technique

Week 2 – Label Terminology / Food & Wine Matching

  • Understanding common labelling terms
  • Principles of food & wine matching
  • Menu matching exercise

Week 3 – Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

  • Characteristics of the grapes
  • Chardonnay & Pinot Noir wines from around the world
  • The Gamay & Pinotage varieties
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 4 – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

  • Characteristics of the grapes & their role in blends
  • Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot wines from around the world
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 5 – Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Riesling

  • Characteristics of the grapes & their role in blends
  • Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling wines from around the world
  • The white wines of Alsace & Germany
  • Other white wines of the Loire
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 6 – Syrah/Shiraz & Grenache,

  • Characteristics of the grapes & their role in blends
  • Syrah & Grenache wines from around the world
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 7 – Italy, Spain & Portugal

  • Characteristics of the major grapes
  • Wine styles of Italy
  • The wines of Spain & Portugal
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 8 – Sparkling & Dessert Wines

  • Methods of production
  • Sparkling & Dessert wine styles
  • Grape varieties used
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 9 – Fortified Wines, Spirits & Liqueurs

  • Methods of production
  • The wines of Sherry, Port & Madeira
  • Labelling terms for spirits & liqueurs
  • Types of spirits & liqueurs
  • Tasting of key wines & spirits

Week 10 – Service & Storage of Wine 

  • Correct storage & cellaring of wine
  • Alcohol & health
  • Decantation
  • Wine faults
  • Tasting

Week 11 – Review

Week 12 - Exam 

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