Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Level I, Foundation in Wines Qualification

Wine & Spirit Education Trust:                       Level I, Foundation in Wines Qualification
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Level I: Foundation in Wines Qualification
Presented by WSET Certified Educators


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- The next course dates are March 5th, 2017 and November 12th, 2017.

- Registration for these classes will be cut off Sunday, February 19th and Friday, October 20th at midnight. We are unable to offer exceptions to this WSET policy.


What Is It:

This globally-recognized qualification provides a basic introduction to the main styles of wines available to guests or front-line staff, as well as knowledge and skills in the storage and service of wines. It is perfect for the novice wine lover looking to add some structure to their wine knowledge.

This is a one-day course culminating in the exam. 

Earn A Credential In Wine:

Candidates who successfully complete the course and pass the examination will receive a certificate, a WSET lapel pin and the ability to move onto the Level II: Wines & Spirits Qualification.


Aim Of The Program:

For Industry Personel and Consumer Wine Lovers:
The course will introduce them, at a very basic level, to the main styles of wine available, wine storage and service and the matching of food and wine. This will enable students to meet workplace or Realistic Working Environment (RWE) wine service standards and deal with basic customer enquiries. The course aims to provide students with product and service information relevant to their place of employment or study.
The qualification aims to provide the basic product knowledge and skills in the service of wines required to prepare a person with the knowledge to underpin the job skills and competences, for example, in positions in the sale and service of wine in restaurants and bars, and for staff in wine retail or wholesale.

Learning Outcomes:

Understand the main types and styles of wine available
1. Identify the main types and styles of wines available.
2. Identify the factors that determine the main styles of wine.
3. State the main characteristics of the principal grape varieties.
4. Describe the styles and characteristics of wines made from the principal grape varieties
Know how to store wine
Know how to serve wine to customers or guests
1. State the appropriate service temperatures for the main styles of wines
2. State the correct procedures for opening and serving still and sparkling wines.
Identify common faults found in wines
Understand the basic principles of food and wine matching
1. State the basic food and wine matching principles.
2. Match wines by style to the main food components
Understand the issues relating to the safe consumption of wine
1. State the legal issues relating to the consumption of wine.
2. State the social, health and safety issues relating to the consumption
of wine

The Exam:

To give students an idea of the sort of questions which might be asked, here are two examples. The examination consists of 30 questions similar to these, to be completed in a maximum of 45 minutes.  There is also a food and wine matching exercise, as well as completing a portfolio of tasting notes.
Example Questions:
1. Which of the following wines would you recommend to a customer requiring a white wine?
a) Cabernet Sauvignon.
b) Pinot Noir.
c) Syrah.
d) Chardonnay.
2. What style of wine is Chablis?
a) Dry white.
b) Dry red.
c) Sweet white.
d) Sweet red
The pass rate in 2010 for students who completed this course was 92%.
The cost to attend is $269 and includes your WSET book, a wine tasting session, all hand-outs and a written exam.  Lunch is not included.  Please bring your lunch or you can purchase lunch at a few other local options near by during our lunch break.
Trying to decide if this course is right for you? Consult our Learning Objectives Matrix.

This class will be held at Vino Venue, home of Atlanta Wine School, located at:

4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

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