BEGINNER WINE COURSES

WSET LEVEL 1 & 2

WSET Level 2

Our recommended starting place.

WSET Level 1

A true beginner’s overview of wine.

Overview of Levels 1 and 2

Grape Experience offers two WSET beginner wine education courses available to anyone. No experience is required for either WSET Level:

  • WSET Level 1and WSET Level 2are equally great starting points if you are seeking a career change, a promotionor just want to deepen your wine knowledge.
  • You do not need to take Level 1 to take Level 2.
  • If you’re looking for a more in-depth wine class, startwith Level 2.

 WSET LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN WINE 

If you know the basic wine grapes—that Chardonnay is a white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon is usually red—then begin at Level 2. This beginner to intermediate wine courseoffers greater breadth and depth of material, more tasting opportunities and additional classroom hours compared to Level 1. It’s for anyone who:

  • Works in wine or who want a career in the industry
  • Has a serious interest in deepening their wine knowledge
  • Wishes to become a more confident wine taster

What’s Covered

Discover how to systematically taste wine, and the factors that influence style, quality, and price. Learn the world’s major grape varieties and types of wine: white and black grape varieties, sparkling wines, sweet and fortified wines.The course includes a study pack with proprietary textbook and study workbook. Students complete a 50-question multiple-choice exam and, upon passing, receive the official WSET Level 2 WSET Certificate in Wine.

Classroom Courses

  • Wines of the world are covered in 8 segments (held either weekly or over the course of 3-4 days).
  • Wine tasting is a part of every session and over 40 wines are tasted during the course.

 

Online Courses

  • A 5-week program with a series of online activities overseen by an online tutor through the WSET Online Classroom.
  • Each week covers a new topic and students can log in anytime 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 you with a systemic approach to tasting at an intermediate level.
  • At course completion, students arrange with Grape Experience to take an in-person multiple choice exam.

 

LEVEL 2 UPCOMING CLASSES

SAN FRANCISCO AREA

LEVEL 2 Wine Hybrid with Tasting Kits

 

Course runs July 3-August 7, 2024
Live Webinars: Wednesdays, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 and 8/7 from 10-11:30am Pacific Time.
Webinars can also be accessed in recorded form at any time 24/7 during the 6-week session.

Exam will be online SUNDAY, August 18, 2024 at noon Pacific, or can be arranged in person at a later date.
Enroll by July 2, 2024

Course Features:

  • Students have 12 month access to an Online Learning Platform where you can access lectures (live & recorded), activities, and practice quizzes 24/7.

  • Students have access to a “Course Community” where they can discuss content with the instructor and other students.

  • All students receive a digital copy of the proprietary WSET Level 2 Study Pack which includes a textbook, work book, and Systematic Approach to Tasting card.

  • Our dedicated WSET course instructors will be available to answer questions and comments, as well as provide feedback on assignments for the duration of the course.

  • A 12-wine tasting kit (187mL bottles) is included the price of the course.

Wine Tasting:
Students will receive a code for a free Wine Tasting Kit consisting of twelve 187mL bottles through Master the World ($200 value). Students will practice tasting live with their instructor and will post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

This class is jointly run with Commonwealth Wine School. Price includes all study materials, wine kits, examination (one attempt), tuition, and postage

Cost is $740.00

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LEVEL 2: San Francisco - Weekends

 

Class runs Sundays July 14 & 21 from 9:30AM-5:00PM and July 28, 2024 9AM-1PM
ENROLL BY July 8, 2024

One Hour Exam August 4, 2024 online at noon Pacific Time
(alternate exam dates and in person paper-based exams are also available)
San Francisco Wine School, 415 Grand Ave. South San Francisco

 

Cost is $895.00

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LEVEL 2: San Francisco - Weekends

 

Class runs August 3, 4 from 9:30AM-5:00PM & August 10, 2024 9AM-1PM
ENROLL BY August 1, 2024

One Hour Exam August 18, 2024 online at noon Pacific Time
(alternate exam dates and in person paper-based exams are also available)
The Barrel Room, 415 Sansome St, San Francisco

Includes exclusive online access to recorded versions of all sections as a supplement to in Person classes.

 

Cost is $895.00

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LEVEL 1: FOUNDATIONS

Understanding Wines: Explaining Style & Quality

The WSET Level 1 course offers a true beginner’s overview of wine, and is geared to anyone with an interest in wine for personal enjoyment or launching a professional career.  It’s a particularly good starting point for people just beginning to work in restaurants, hospitality, or retail.  Level 1 is a fun way to get up to speed on what wine is and how it differs by style.

WHAT’S COVERED

The Level 1 course provides a systematized way of learning about and tasting wine, focusing on knowledge that is practical, hands-on, and designed to build a foundation for future exploration. The course will introduce you to basics of wine, broad different styles, simple storage and service rules, and easy techniques for pairing wine with a range of foods.

At the end of the course, you’ll complete a short, multiple-choice exam, and upon passing, will receive a Level 1 WSET certificate.

This course comes with a proprietary WSET wine workbook.

LEVEL 1 UPCOMING CLASSES

SAN FRANCISCO AREA

Level 1 Wine - Online Live Zoom Sessions & Tasting Kits

Course runs July 2-23, 2024
Live Webinars: Tuesdays 7/9, 2/16, 7/23 from 12-1pm Pacific Time.
Can’t make the live session? Webinars can also be accessed in recorded form at any time 24/7 during the 4-week session.

Exam will be online Sunday, July 28, 2024 at noon Pacific Time or can be arranged in person at a later date.

Course Features:

  • Students have 12 month access to an Online Learning Platform where you can access lectures (live and recorded), activities, and practice quizzes 24/7.
  • Students have access to a “Course Community” where they can discuss content with the instructor and other students.

  • Our dedicated WSET course instructors will be available to answer questions and comments, as well as provide feedback on assignments for the duration of the course.

  • A 6 wine tasting kit (187mL bottles) is included the price of the course.

Wine Tasting:
Students will receive a code for a free Wine Tasting Kit consisting of six 187mL bottles through Master the World ($100 value). Students will practice tasting live with their instructor and can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

This class is jointly run with Commonwealth Wine School
Price includes all study materials, wine kits, examination (one attempt), tuition, and postage

Cost is $395.00

ENROLL NOW

Level 1 Wine - Online Live Zoom Sessions & Tasting Kits

Course runs August 5-26, 2024
Live Webinars: Mondays 8/12, 8/19, 8/26 from 12-1pm Pacific Time.
Can’t make the live session? Webinars can also be accessed in recorded form at any time 24/7 during the 4-week session.

Exam will be online Sunday,September 8, 2024 at noon Pacific Time or can be arranged in person at a later date.

Course Features:

  • Students have 12 month access to an Online Learning Platform where you can access lectures (live and recorded), activities, and practice quizzes 24/7.
  • Students have access to a “Course Community” where they can discuss content with the instructor and other students.

  • Our dedicated WSET course instructors will be available to answer questions and comments, as well as provide feedback on assignments for the duration of the course.

  • A 6 wine tasting kit (187mL bottles) is included the price of the course.

Wine Tasting:
Students will receive a code for a free Wine Tasting Kit consisting of six 187mL bottles through Master the World ($100 value). Students will practice tasting live with their instructor and can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

This class is jointly run with Commonwealth Wine School
Price includes all study materials, wine kits, examination (one attempt), tuition, and postage

Cost is $395.00

ENROLL NOW

Level 1 - San Francisco

WSET Level 1
Saturday, September 28, 2024 from 10:00AM-4:30PM
45-minute Exam same day at end of class
ENROLL BY September 13, 2024
San Francisco WIne School
415 Grand Ave in South San Francisco

Cost is $495.00

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