WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Monday, November 15, 2021, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Paso Robles, CA


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Class date & time: Monday, November 15, 9:30AM to 5:00PM
Location: Broken Earth Tasting Room, 1650 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Instructor: Melanie Webber, FWS/DWS

IMPORTANT: This class will be taught in-person indoors. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test from previous 48 hours required for this class.

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a suggested prerequisite for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 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 11 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.

Wine Tasting: Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching: A practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Wine Service and Storage: Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognize common faults found in wine
Types and Styles of Wine: Learn about what makes wines taste different
Grape Varieties: Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from the main grape varieties
Main White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling
Main Black Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
Named Wines: Champagne, Sancerre, Chablis, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Prosecco, Cava, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Sauternes, Sherry, Port
Number of Wines Tasted: 11 wines will be tasted as part of the course
Study Materials: Students will receive the Level 1 Award in Wines Study Guide
Duration of Course: 7 hours inclusive of examination
Examination: 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% required to pass
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) after Monday, November 8 between 11AM and 4PM Monday through Friday. Before picking up the materials, please email [email protected] to confirm the location, date and time of pick up.

To find out more about this course, please contact Monica Marin [email protected] or Melanie Webber [email protected].

Best practices will be followed. All surfaces that attendees might touch will be disinfected prior to each class, and social distancing will be implemented. Per SLO County requirements, masks are required indoors when not tasting wine.


Because exams are shipped from London, cancellations will only be accepted for this class until Friday, October 29 – all bookings are final after October 29. There can be no refunds after the student’s exam has been ordered. Depending on availability, registration for this in-person Level 1 class will be $350 after October 29.

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 canceled.