Serena recently completed WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines. We invited her to tell us what drew her to wine education.
Why did you pursue the course?
I pursued WSET Level 2 Award in Wines to deepen my understanding of wines from around the world. My primary goal was to gain comprehensive knowledge of the principal wines and spirits regions, their production methods, and styles. I also wanted to improve my wine tasting skills and be able to critically evaluate wines using a standardized system. My objective was to feel more confident in discussing wines, making informed choices, and pairing the best wine with food..
How does it help you in your personal or career goals?
On a personal level, the knowledge has enriched my appreciation for wines and has made social and dining experiences more enjoyable. I can now make informed choices when purchasing wines and can discuss them more confidently with friends and family. If I were to pursue a career in hospitality, sales, or wine industry, this course would undoubtedly enhance my credibility and ability to cater to customers’ needs better, recommend wines, or even pursue further roles such as a sommelier.
Advice to the next generation of students?
Take notes diligently, especially during tasting sessions. The hands-on experience of tasting and evaluating wines will be invaluable for the exam and in practical scenarios. Engage with your peers; learning from others, sharing experiences, and discussing wines can provide insights that you might not get on your own. Don’t rush the learning process; it’s not just about passing the exam but truly understanding and appreciating the world of wine, its history and the cultural subtext. Stay curious; the world of wine is vast, ever-evolving and always offers something new to discover.
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for anyone wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce.
This 17-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills.
- How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
- How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties
- The style and quality of wines
- How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles
- Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
- Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
- Principles of food and wine pairing
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Tuesdays, January 16th – March 5th at 6pm – 8pm
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits – last chance!
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is an intermediate-level course for those entering a profession in the industry as well as for enthusiasts who wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. You’ll learn about the fundamental production methods, principal raw materials and how they are used to make key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and the use of spirits in cocktails.
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs and examines the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category, building on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits. Throughout the course, you’ll develop analytical tasting skills while exploring the use of spirits in cocktails.
This 14-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. Expect to spend an additional 12 hours on preparation and review outside of the classroom.
- How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
- Major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails
- The four main steps in spirits production
- What labelling terms mean
- Assessment and description skills as you sample a range of benchmark examples
- Basic principles of spirits storage and service and about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Saturdays, November 4th, 11th and 18th at 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
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To help you achieve your 2024 goals, IWEG is offering a special promotion of early bird rates for the first 50 new registrants for 2024 WSET and Wine Scholar Guild courses!
Use the code early24 at checkout to receive 10 per cent off eligible courses! This special offer is effective November 1st and will run until January 2nd. The promotion is not retroactive to existing registrations prior to this date.
WSET Diploma in-class and online courses are not included in this offer.