TESTIMONIALS

In addition to industry honors we’ve received, such as our 2012 WSET Wine Educator of the Year award, we’re thrilled to consistently receive rave reviews from our students and graduates. Take a look at some comments from our course evaluations below:

Grape Experience offers the best classes of WSET Diploma courses on the west coast. The classes are led by teachers with vast industry experience. The depth and breadth of knowledge was second to none. I highly recommend anyone on the west coast thinking about taking WSET courses reach out to Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School. 

– Peter Andrews, Wine & Spirits Buyer, Prima Vini Wine Merchants & Restaurant, Walnut Creek, CA

Peter Andrews

Director, Marketing and Portfolio Management, Prima Wine merchants

Grape Experience has been crucial not just for expanding my wine knowledge, but for helping me pass the rigorous WSET exams as well. The team at the Grape Experience is knowledgeable, responsive, and most importantly, knows how to teach. Now I feel more confident and see more opportunities at international wine trade events.

James Lee

Wine Buyer , Wine2U Korea

My time spent learning with the Grape Experience has been fantastic!  The flexibility to learn both online and in the classroom has made taking courses while working a full-time job so much easier.  The diverse group of instructors (including Masters of Wine, winemakers, and industry experts) are extremely knowledgable, engaging, and always willing to help, not only with the course material but also in assisting students in creating a learning plan that fits their needs.
Tristan Dyer-Kindy

National Wine Manager, Vino Volo

Pursuing my WSET Level 3 Award through Grape Experience lived up to its name and truly was a great experience. The course is demanding and the test is not easy, but through Grape Experience you’ll find the resources and support necessary to help you succeed and enjoy the process along the way. I highly recommend Grape Experience for anyone interested in pursuing the WSET coursework

Räm Hatley

Wine Specialist and Direct Sales, Freemark Abbey Winery, Napa Valley

Grape Experience is an excellent organization. I am the Beverage Director for three restaurants in San Francisco. Grape Experience has taught both Intermediate and Advanced courses to my staff. They have had nothing but wonderful things to say about the style of teaching. Personally, I have gone through the Diploma program with Grape Experience. Adam Chase and his instructors’ style of teaching is casual and informative and draws from real world experience. I would definitely recommend Grape Experience to anyone looking to further their wine knowledge. 

Haley Moore

Beverage Director, Stock & Bones Restaurant Group

Grape Experience gave me the flexibility to chase the Diploma certification while living in Cleveland.  I was able to combine effective online learning with in-class experience via outstanding guest speakers and make it fit with my schedule.  I looked at a variety of WSET course providers, but in the end I know I made the right decision to go with Grape Experience

Greg Miller, Wine Enthusiast, Cleveland, OH

Greg Miller

Wine Enthusiast

Grape Experience has made taking the WSET Diploma work very well with my busy schedule working in the wine industry. On top of that they really take the time to help answer all my many questions and set me up for success so that I can achieve my goals in a timely fashion. I highly recommend anyone that wishes to enroll in the Diploma program consider the Grape Experience to be their provider.

Grant Wood

Tasting Room Lead, Jessup Cellars

WSET has become a critical credential for those in the wine industry.  As an educator myself, it was important to take my classes from someone who understands the art of teaching.  Grape Experience and Adam Chase provided exactly what I needed to successfully complete all courses in an effective and engaging way.  I wouldn’t trust my education to anyone else.

Karen Wetzel

Director of Wine Education , Constellation Brands

Grape Experience’s WSET wine courses are an engaging. All the teachers are patient and provide encouragement and support throughout the entire program.  In addition, they responds immediately to students’ questions and concerns.

Jo-Ann Ross, DWS

Chief Wine Educator, J Ross Wine

I am participating in The WSET Diploma Program. The course itself is incredibly challenging. It would be impossible to succeed without Grape Experience and Adam Chase’s thoughtful support and guidance.

Craig Locascio CWE

CSS Education and Sales Training Director Southeast Region , Charmer Sunbelt Group

When I was starting out in the wine industry, Grape Experience’s teaching and tasting methods laid out a solid foundation upon which I was able to build and improve. They pushed me to focus on key elements of the wines, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have without their guidance in those formative years.

R. Michael Meagher

Master Sommelier, DWS, President , Boston Sommelier Society

Grape Experience has provided me with all the tools necessary to make my WSET Diploma studies a piece of cake. The diverse group of instructors, from retail/distribution leaders to winemakers, and personalized study help, has allowed me to take my education to the next level and will continue to help me for years even after completing the Diploma.

Michael Schubert

Sommelier, The Riddler

Grape Experience provides Diploma candidates with online and traditional classroom resources. In addition to the benefit of practice tastings, lectures and content review, classroom weekends are a fantastic way to network with other industry professionals. Dedicated candidates will surely appreciate the quality resources and educators made available by Grape Experience.

Allison Hupp, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Allison Hupp

Southern WInes

I simply would not be where I am without the support and guidance Grape Experience. Studying through Grape Experience, in Napa – set me on the course to live my dreams.

Benjamin Spencer DWS (2011)

Lead Enologist & Director, The Etna Wine School, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

As an executive working to build a world-class distillery, the first step in creating a great new product was understanding what made great products of the past work. After an exhaustive search, we found Grape Experience; it was the right first investment. They effectively educated every one of our employees — from accounting to management — by using a mix of methods catered to their learning styles. Grape Experience has the experts you want to get started — or to improve — in the world of wine and spirit.

Brady J. Frey

COO, Bently Heritage

The Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School program made the planning and scheduling of the WSET Diploma exams much easier to understand and map out. It is a clear and concise set up, lots of reminders to make sure you are on track, and an overall seamless experience. 

Cecilia Barretto

Brand Ambassador, Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall, Texas

Adam Chase has achieved a rare goal: taking the vast world of wine and presenting it in a way that is both rigorous and enjoyable. The best instructors, regardless of their disciplines, must also be patient, and Adam is as approachable and collegial as any teacher I have had.

Peter Alig

Education Coordinator, Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley

Grape Experience educators dedicate themselves to the success of their students as a group and on a personal level.  As as busy professional with a demanding job and a family, I am grateful for the  the guidance and personal attention I receive toward completing my studies.  In the complex world of wine, one can get easily lost or overwhelmed. The team at the Grape Experience is particularly talented at keeping students on a path towards acquiring the core tasting skills and learning the essential information that the WSET requires.  Plus, they do all of this while keeping wine fun, friendly and enjoyable.  As it should be!

Brett Vanksoki

Vice President, Latitude Beverage Company, Co-Founder of 90+ Cellars

Grape Experience is full of excellent very knowledgeable instructors. They take a personal interest in their students and genuinely wants to see them succeed in the WSET program as well as the wine business in general.

Adam Bloom

Sales, ColloPack Solutions Napa

One of the best ways to learn about a wine region is to talk to a specialist. The instructors at Grape Experience are those specialists that have studied it, lived it and now leaders in the industry.

Stephanie Bruno Herndon

Founder + Chief Oenophile , SOMM CLUB

I was in the industry for 10 months before taking the Grape Experience WSET Level 3 class and my life has completely changed. Not only has it opened my eyes to the possibilities within the wine industry, but it has heightened my passion and made wine my career.

Elise Kuhar-Pitters

Jessup Cellars

Grape Experience made my WSET diploma experience very smooth! They are very prompt in responding to all of my needs and very accommodating throughout the process.

Kelly Mullen

Constellation Wines

Here is what I say when people ask me which WSET provider they should chose:
Grape Experience. Hands down. The faculty are not just the most qualified based on their titles but are skilled teachers who show a real interest in sharing their knowledge with students. Grape Experience is committed to seeing students not just pass the requisite exams but offering a deeper understanding of the world of wine
Angela Scott

I couldn’t be happier with the WSET Diploma offering at Grape Experience. I have enjoyed the flexibility of both online and in-class study options to complete courses. Online components include mock exam questions, examiner feedback and access to study resources. In-class coursework helps students develop tasting skills and meet fellow Diploma students. Grape Experience teachers provide step-by-step instructions and advice for each unit and the lightning-fast email responses to questions shows they truly care about the success of their students. 

Lindsey Gorfine, Visitor Center Coordinator, Robert Mondavi Winery

Lindsey Gorfine

Associate Brand Manager, Robert Mondavi Winery

Through even the most challenging units of the course, Grape Experience has provided the backbone of knowledge and support for my WSET Diploma studies. The traditional classroom tastings and lectures integrate well with the online classroom, and are guided by exceptional staff from different backgrounds – providing a comprehensive understanding of the drinks industry around the world.

Katie Canfield

Marketing - SOuth America, Paul Hobbs Wines

One of the best ways to learn about a wine region is to talk to a specialist. The instructors at Grape Experience are those specialists that have studied it, lived it and now leaders in the industry.

Courtney Quinn

Owner and Wine Importer, OWOC Wines

Embarking on the WSET Diploma is not an easy path, and Grape Experience helps make the process smooth. Teachers are responsive, informative, and helps put students at ease with his friendly approach so that we can focus on learning and studying. The people I have met through both in-person and online programs is another great aspect. I count Grape Experience as one of the key resources I have for the industry.  

Susan Lin

Business Development , Belmont Wine Exchange

If you are interested in truly internalizing the material and putting things in context for real comprehension, Adam Chase is your guy and Grape Experience is the School. By taking the time to tell the whole story of each region and its various wines, Adam set me on the path of genuine understanding and honest appreciation – I find myself enjoying a wider variety of wine these days, as I’m able to place the wine in its historical, geographical, viticultural, and oenological context.

Jerry Chen

General Manager, Vinodine

Pursuing the WSET Diploma through Grape Experience has been a breeze! Most importantly, the instructors love wine, know an incredible amount about the industry, and are delighted to share this information with students. Secondly, the folks at Grape Experience make sure all students are prepared for exams and understand expectations of the program.

David Spector

Wine Quality Manager, Constellation Brands

Enrolling with Grape Experience for their WSET programs was critical in my achievements as a Diploma candidate. The teaching team’s experience set and knowledge gives students a huge advantage in gaining success theory & in tasting exams.

Elisa Wybraniec

Director of Wines & Spirits, The Coast Guard House Restaurant

I highly recommend Grape Experience for any of the WSET courses. Adam Chase is one of the best instructors I have met in the wine industry. His robust understanding of wine paired with his ability to teach allowed me to successfully get the WSET Diploma.

Federico Espriu

Director, Marketing and Portfolio Management, American Express

I am doing my WSET Diploma studies via Grape Experience and I feel they follow my progress and support me to move forward to the next step. Since I’m doing this long distance, they always keep me updated and well informed about my personal choices. My overall experience is great!

Thamis Mendez

Seattle, WA

Grape Experience is a great way to learn about wine regardless of your starting point. The teachers find a way to put wine in the greater context of history, science and culture making the classes very engaging.

Kevin Walsh

Doxology Wine

Educated, informative and energetic instructors lead eager students through the world of wine and spirits – a must for anyone in or thinking about being in the wine industry!

Regina Sanz

I owe everything I know about wine to Grape Experience – not only is Adam a knowledgeable and easy-to-follow teacher, but the caliber of fellow students with a genuine shared passion for wine made the course feel more like fun than study. In work and social situations people are always impressed by my wine knowledge and I attribute that entirely to the WSET curriculum I was so well trained for through Grape Experience.

Sherry Stolar

Associate Brand Manager, Clif Bar

Summary
Wine Education Through WSET
Service Type
Wine Education Through WSET
Provided by
Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School,
229 Brannan St,San Francisco,California-94107,
Telephone No.4153090761
Area
San Francisco Bay Area, Napa and Greater Boston
Description
Want to know why Grape Experience has been a leading provider of WSET Courses since 2005? Just ask some of the people who have taken a WSET class with Grape Experience. Find out what earned Grape Experience WSET Educator of the year in 2012.
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