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.SOLD OUT
November 18th & 19th
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.
November 18th, 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.
November 19th, 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.
November 17th, 24th & December 1st
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 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 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;
Session 1 – November 17th, 10:00am - 6:00pm – 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. The afternoon portion of the session 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 2 – November 24th, 10:00am - 6:00pm – 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. 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 afternoon session includes a lesson on sweet wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines. Each lesson is accompanied with an impressive deductive tasting panel. Session 4 is concluded with a comprehensive review session of the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines material in order to prepare for the final examination.
EXAMINATION – December 1st, 4:00PM – Students are administered a 50 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin.