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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Online RC Show

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This course is offered in partnership with Restaurant Canada. The course will be taught by Rob McCaughey from the WSET Americas team.


IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. This course is based around a 4-week structured online program. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. The course material should take about six hours in total to complete, plus revision time. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. You may contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course. Each week includes a series of independent activities and/or group activities to help students understand the differences between grape varieties and types and styles of wine. You are advised to taste a range of wines during your studies though it is not mandatory for this course. All the required wines for the course can be found in the online equipment list. Any additional wines can be found in the specification. Please note that it is your responsibility to source these wines samples and the cost of these is not included in the tuition fee.

Course details

This beginner level wine course is for those starting a career in wine or hospitality or enthusiasts exploring wine for personal interest. You will build your confidence when tasting wine, reading a wine list, buying a bottle or pairing wine with food.

Prerequisite: None

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll 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.

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine and wine and food pairing.

You'll learn:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

View the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines specification for more information about the course.

Upcoming courses

Monday, June 6th - Sunday, July 3rd. Exam on Tuesday, July 5th at 6:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. RC Show: WSET and IWEG Special Collaboration. Course code: O1WI2201APP230. Course fee payment due Friday, May 27th at noon.