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July 14, 2020 6:30 – 8:30pm

Decoding French Wine (on Bastille Day!!!)

Decoding French Wine is a beginner to intermediate French wine lover’s workshop designed to navigate through the world of French wine. This workshop and accompanying tasting panel focuses on 8 not-so-famous varietals and blends within well-known regions of France. Students will taste their way through various regions as they learn about geography, history and practices within each of these designated areas. A copy of Andrew Cullen’s Decoding French Wine is included with this workshop.

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November 1, 2020 - November 15, 2020

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 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. 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;

Day 1 – November 1, 10:00am - 6:00pm – Review of foundational wine and food pairing material is covered along with an in-depth guided lesson on deductive wine tasting. Factors influencing the production of white, rose and sweet wines are covered during this session as well as the main white grape varieties of the world. Tasting panels in conjunction with the course sessions include regional selections of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albarino, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Malbec and Pinot Noir.

Day 2 - November 8, 10:00am - 6:00pm – Major red grape varietals are covered during this session. Tasting panels include extensive regional selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay, Grenache, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Corvina, Barbera, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. The second portion of this session includes Italian white grape varieties along with sparkling and fortified wines. Tasting panels include; Garganega, Fiano, Cava, Asti, Prosecco, Champagne, Sherry and Port. This session concludes with an extensive review for examination preparation.

EXAMINATION – November 15, 12:00 - 1:00pm – Students are administered a 50 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin. Students who miss or fail the examination may resit for the exam at a later date for a fee of $100. To review the WSET Specification Guide for this program, please see our programs page.

November 14, 2020 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

WSET 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. The following summarizes the program date and agenda;

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. This program 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. At the end the program, a 30-question multiple choice examination is administered. Students who receive a passing score on the exam receive a certificate and lapel pin. Students who miss or fail the examination may resit for the exam at a later date for a fee of $50. To review the WSET Specification Guide for this program, please see our programs page.

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

― Anonymous