WSET Levels 1 and 2

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San Francisco

   •    Level 1

   •    Level 2

Overview of Levels 1 and 2

Grape Experience offers two WSET beginner wine education courses that are open to anyone.

No experience is required for either WSET Level

  • WSET Level 1 and WSET Level 2 are equally great starting points if you are seeking a career change, a promotion or 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, start with Level 2.


  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 course offers 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 

For the complete specification for this course click here

Level 2 details and upcoming classes

San Francisco Bay Area

LEVEL 2: San Francisco - Sundays

4 Sundays from, 10AM-3:30PM: October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 2023
The Barrel Room Wine Bar, 415 Sansome St in San Francisco

One Hour Exam November 12, 2023 online at noon Pacific Time
(alternate exam dates and in person paper-based exams are also available)

Class comes with access to new additional recorded sessions and extra online study support features!

Price includes WSET proprietary Study Pack with textbook, class wines, examination (one attempt), tuition, and U.S. postage

ENROLL BY October 5, 2023



Cost is $895.00


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.

For the complete specification for this course click here

Level 1 details and upcoming classes

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.


San Francisco Bay Area

Level 1 Wine - Online Live Zoom Sessions & Tasting Kits

Course runs October 5-26, 2023
Live Webinars: Thursdays 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 from noon-1pm Pacific Time.
Webinars can also be accessed in recorded form at any time 24/7 during the 4-week session.
Exam will be online Sunday, October 29, 2023 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 $425.00