Calendar

August 7th

Wine Tasting 101

Students will learn the exact technique sommeliers use to taste wine as well as walk away with educational tools to practice a system of structured tasting which in turn will fine-tune their ability to taste the many aspects in a wine. Through deductive tasting, student will learn the intrinsic visual, aromatic and flavor characteristics to look for in a wine and gain an essential understanding wine.




August 12th

Masterclass Monday, Port




August 13th & 15th from 6pm - 9pm

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Sommelier of Wine and Spirits Guild (www.spiritsomm.com) is pleased to offer WSET Level 1 Award in Wines program in Scottsdale. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has since grown to become the global industry leader in wine and spirits education.

The Level 1 Award in Wines is perfect for wine enthusiasts or for individuals new to wine study. This qualification 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.

Evening Session 1 – Through interactive activities, students learn about the parts of a grape, the basics of alcoholic fermentation, wine growing environments, wine production and wine styles. Students learn to calibrate their palates to determine sweetness, acidity and tannin levels in wine as well as determine how food effects wine through a food and wine pairing lab exercise. Evening session 1 is concluded with a lesson on the storage and service of wine.

Evening Session 2 – This session includes an introductory deductive tasting lesson of 8 French wines from the principal grape varieties. During the tasting lesson, students will learn about the characteristics of each grape variety and the differences between flavors and acidity levels in various regions of the world. The deductive tasting is followed up by a lesson on examples of wines around the world from the principal grape varieties along with a study review session. At the end of session 2, a 30 question multiple choice examination is administered.

Students who receive a passing score on the exam receive a certificate and lapel pin.




August 26th

Masterclass Monday - Sherry




September 9th

Masterclass Monday - Madeira




September 11th

Wine Tasting 101

Students will learn the exact technique sommeliers use to taste wine as well as walk away with educational tools to practice a system of structured tasting which in turn will fine-tune their ability to taste the many aspects in a wine. Through deductive tasting, student will learn the intrinsic visual, aromatic and flavor characteristics to look for in a wine and gain an essential understanding wine.




September 14 & September 15

50 Wines to Celebrate 50 Years of WSET

September 14th - 3:00 - 5:00pm. Sample 25 specially selected white varietal wines from notable regions around the world. $50 to attend. Space is limited.

September 15th - 3:00 - 5:00pm. Sample 25 specially selected red varietal wines from notable regions around the world. $50 to attend. Space is limited.




September 23rd - September 30th (Tuesday Evenings)

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

The Sommelier of Wine & Spirits Guild (www.spiritsomm.com) is pleased to offer the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits in Arizona! This is a certification program adaptable for beginner to intermediate level individuals interested in exploring wines and spirits at an in-depth level. With this program, you will gain a core understanding of wine and spirits through labeling terminology and by exploring the major grape varieties, raw materials, and regions of production. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits program encompasses a boastful variety of wines and spirits from various regions of the world to taste using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT) throughout the program. The Level 2 program breakdown is as follows;

Session 1 - September 23rd, 5:00pm - 9:00pm – Review of foundational material is covered along with an in-depth guided lesson on deductive wine tasting. Students will learn about general labeling terminology and factors affecting wine style, quality and price, as they taste their way through 6 samples exemplifying the learning material. Session 1 concludes with a tasting of 3 different Chardonnays and 3 different Pinot Noirs from across the globe after an in-depth lesson on those 2 principal grape varieties.

Session 2 - September 24th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm – Session 2 covers an in-depth lesson on the remaining principal grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache and Riesling. The lesson is accompanied by an expansive tasting of 2-3 wines of each varietal from various regions around the world.

Session 3 - September 25th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm – Other major white grape varieties and other major black grape varieties are covered during session 3 as students taste their way through 12 different benchmark examples of wines depicted in the lesson. The session concludes with a lesson on sparkling wines and a deductive tasting of 3 sparkling wines.

Session 4 - September 26th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm – The final education session includes a lesson on sweet wines, fortified wines and spirits. Each lesson is accompanied with an impressive deductive tasting panel of sweet wines, fortified wines and spirits. Session 4 is concluded with a comprehensive review session of the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits material in order to prepare for the final examination.

EXAMINATION - September 30th, 6:00PM - 7:00PM – Students are administered a 45 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin.




 

“Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.”


― Anonymous