WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Monday, February 3, 2020, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Paso Robles, CA


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This course will be taught at the Broken Earth Tasting Room, 1650 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a suggested prerequisite for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits course. Students learn the basics of wine in this entry-level course in a format specially designed for those with no previous wine knowledge. It is strongly recommended for consumers or those new to wine, and focuses on the main styles of wines available, tasting technique, wine and food pairing as well as wine service and etiquette.

The 6-hour course includes an exam with 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes, printed study guide, tasting of 10 wines, food pairing exercises and exam fee. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

o Wine Tasting: Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
o Food and Wine Matching: A practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
o Wine Service and Storage: Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognize common faults found in wine
o Types and Styles of Wine: Learn about what makes wines taste different
o Grape Varieties: Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from the main grape varieties
o Main White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling
o Main Black Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
o Named Wines: Champagne, Sancerre, Chablis, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Prosecco, Cava, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Sauternes, Sherry, Port
o Number of Wines Tasted: 10 wines will be tasted as part of the course
o Study Materials: Students will receive the Level 1 Award in Wines Study Guide
o Duration of Course: 6 hours inclusive of examination
o Examination: 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% required to pass
o Certification: All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.

View the complete course specification.

Study materials will be available for pick up at the Broken Earth Tasting Room (1650 Ramada Drive in Paso Robles) approximately one week before the course starts. Before picking up the materials, please email [email protected] to confirm the location, date and time of pick up. It is advisable to pick up materials before the first class on Monday, February 3.


Because exams are shipped from London, cancellations are only accepted for this class until Sunday, January 19 – all bookings are final after January 19. There can be no refunds after the student’s exam has been ordered.

This class must reach a minimum number of enrollees to proceed. Registrants will be informed 7 days in advance before the first class if the course is postponed or cancelled.