Level 2: Wine & Spirits
Level 2: Wine & Spirits
San Francisco - Weekend Course
Meets June 4 and 10 from 10AM-5PM, and June 11 from 1-5PM
Exam June 25 from 10-11AM
San Francisco Wine School, 415 Grand Ave, South San Francisco
Boston - Weeknight Course
9 Tuesdays starting March 28, 2017
Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), 122 Arlington St.
Total Cost: $830
First, contact the BCAE at www.bcae.org or 617-267-4430 to enroll and pay the $535 course fee.
Then use this page to pay the remaining $295 materials fee.
New Classes begin May 6, June 3, July 1
Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the course start date
Level 2: Intermediate Wine & Spirits
The WSET Level 2 certificate is perhaps the best starting point for people who have an understanding of the basics of wine. The Level 2 course is appropriate for anyone who works in wine, wants a career in the industry, or has a serious interest and wants to deepen their wine knowledge and become a more confident taster. Don’t be confused by its name: though it’s called Level 2, this course is geared towards people just starting their wine education. It offers greater depth of material, tasting opportunities, and additional classroom hours compared to Level 1. If you know the basic wine grapes—that Chardonnay is a white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon is usually red—then Level 2 is the place to start.
The Level 2 course focuses on how to systematically taste wine, as well as the factors that influence style, quality, and price. We’ll also go into depth on the world’s major grape varieties and types of wine, including white and black grape varieties, sparkling wines, sweet wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
At the end of the course, you’ll complete a 50-question multiple-choice exam, and upon passing will receive a Level 2 WSET certificate.
When taken in person, Level 2 covers the wines and spirits of the world in 8 classes (held either weekly or over the course of 3 days). Wine tasting is a part of every session with more than 40 wines tasted during the course.
The Level 2 online course follows a 5-week program consisting of a series of online activities. An online tutor runs the WSET online classroom to guide students. Each week covers a new topic and students can log in whenever they want during the week (there are set start and finish dates for each week, but no set class time). Tasting activities (to be done on the student’s own) are also provided to familiarize students with a systemic approach to tasting at an intermediate level. When the course is over, students arrange with Grape Experience to take the exam in person.
The Level 2 course includes a complete study pack with an exclusive proprietary textbook and study workbook.