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December 5

Wine Tasting 101

Wine best reveals itself when approached systematically. Learn the wine tasting tricks of the trade sommeliers use in The Somm School’s Wine Tasting 101. During this 2 hour program, you will learn to evaluate the appearance, aromatic and flavor characteristics of a wine as well as develop skills on how to assess varietal and quality conclusions.




January 27 & 28

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

The Somm School (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.

January 27th, 6:00 - 10:00PM, 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 affects wine through a food and wine pairing lab exercise. Evening session 1 includes a lesson on the storage and service of wine. This session includes an introductory deductive tasting lesson of 8 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.

January 28th, 6:00 - 8:00PM, Evening Session 2 – This session provides a comprehensive review. At the end the session, a 30 question multiple choice examination is administered. Students who receive a passing score on the exam receive a certificate and lapel pin.




January 21st (6:00 - 8:30pm)

Godforsaken Grapes

Get to know some of the world's lesser known grape varietals in this slightly adventurous wine workshop. Program includes a tasting panel of eight unique wines as well as a copy of Jason Wilson's book, Godforsaken Grapes.




January 6, 8, 13, 15 & 22

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

The Somm School (www.spiritsomm.com) is pleased to offer the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines in Arizona. This is a certification program adaptable for beginner to intermediate level individuals interested in exploring wines at an in-depth level. With this program, you will gain a core understanding of wine 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 program encompasses a boastful variety of wines 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;

Evening 1 – January 6th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm – Review of foundational wine and food pairing material is covered along with an in-depth guided lesson on deductive wine tasting.

Evening 2 – January 8th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm – Factors influencing the production of white, rose and sweet wines are covered during this evening session as well as the main white grape varieties of the world. Tasting panels in conjunction with the course sessions of the evening include extensive regional selections of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albarino, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Furmint.

Evening 3 - January 13th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm – Major red grape varietals are covered during this evening session. Tasting panels include extensive regional selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay, Grenache, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Malbec and Pinotage.

Evening 4 - January 15th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm – Italian grape varieties are covered in this evening session along with sparkling and fortified wines. Tasting panels include wines from the following varietals as well as the following sparkling and fortified wines; Cortese, Garganega, Verdicchio, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Corvina, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cava, Asti, Prosecco, Champagne, Sherry and Port. This evening session concludes with an extensive review for examination preparation.

EXAMINATION – January 22nd, 6:00PM – Students are administered a 50 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin.




March 21st

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines/Baja Combo Course

The Somm School (www.spiritsomm.com) is pleased to offer WSET Level 1 Award in Wines program in the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja, Mexico. 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.

March 21st, 9:00am - 7:00PM – Further your career and gain a foundational understanding of wine in Mexico’s renown wine region, Valle de Guadalupe. The day begins with a scenic, coastal journey from San Diego down through Baja California during which students will be introduced to the rich history of winemaking in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region. Students will learn first-hand about wine production and vineyard activities as well as have the opportunity to taste and evaluate a selection of varietal wines at the first stop of the day, L.A. Cetto Vineyards & Winery. The educational journey continues at a local farm-to-table dining establishment where students learn about food and wine pairings as well as enjoy a gourmet, 5 course lunch paired with local wines. The final stop of the day takes place in a beautiful classroom setting in the Museo Del Vino overlooking the vineyards, where a review of foundational wine knowledge is covered and the standard WSET Level 1 Award in Wines material is presented. An examination is given at the end of the classroom session. Once the examination is complete, students will enjoy a tasting in the museum’s tasting room before embarking on the journey back to San Diego. Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate and lapel pin.




March TBD - please e-mail for information

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits




 

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


― Anonymous