Wine and Spirits Education Trust classes return to in-person format
The program offers courses and certifications for wine beginners, connoisseurs and service professionals
– The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) program in Paso Robles, which has already helped hundreds of Paso Robles wine industry professionals earn their certifications, returns with in-person classes this spring at Broken Earth Winery, including the WSET Level 3 award in Wines, one of the most rigorous and respected wine certifications in the industry.
The internationally recognized program is the only fully approved resident WSET program in Paso Robles. A satellite of The Wine House, the program offers courses and certifications for wine beginners, connoisseurs, service professionals and advanced wine students. The program is considered one of the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world.
Course Levels 1, 2 and 3 will be offered this year: The WSET Level 1 Introductory Wine Course is a six-hour course that establishes a solid foundation of wine education, culminating in a certification exam. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wine delves deep into a wider world of wine through blind tasting, winemaking, culture and a wide range of appellations, while the Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits covers major wine regions of the world in more depth and includes a more detailed study of viticulture and winemaking.
“I am very excited to once again help wine professionals and wine enthusiasts in the Paso Robles/SLO area advance their wine education with local, in-person access to the WSET program and certifications, as well as ‘to the wide range of wines from around the world that are part of every course,’ said Melanie Webber, who leads and teaches the Paso Robles program.
Webber has been teaching wine certification in Paso for three years, helping industry professionals become certified, including winery owners, winemakers, chefs, tasting room managers and staff, as well as those who are reorienting their career towards wine. She holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, as well as French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar certifications from The Wine Scholar Guild. She is certified by WSET’s rigorous Educator Training Program to teach WSET L1, L2 and L3. She has also taught the French Wine Scholar and Diploma WSET courses in Los Angeles.
“WSET’s world-class certifications program is excellent and rigorous, but Melanie makes learning accessible, fun and engaging, while ensuring deep understanding. Melanie’s courses are essential learning for anyone serious about developing their wine education,” said Neeta Mittal, founder and owner of LXV Wine in Paso Robles.
Paso Robles WSET In-Person Classes:
WSET Level One Award in Wines – Tuesday March 29 – Link to register here.
A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a career in wine or with an interest in wine, it explores the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell and taste, while teaching the basic skills to accurately describe wines and create wine pairings, as well as wine service and etiquette. A suggested prerequisite for WSET L2, it includes a printed study guide, a 10-wine tasting, food pairing exercises, and an exam fee. Successful applicants receive a certificate and a pin for the internationally recognized WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.
WSET Level Two in Wines Awards – Monday/Tuesday March 14-15 and Exam March 28 – Link to register here.
Designed as vocational product knowledge training for those employed in the beverage industry, the qualification is suitable wherever a good level of product knowledge is required to underpin professional skills and competence. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course is also suitable for those who are not employed in the beverage industry but want a serious education in wine and want to expand their knowledge in a structured way. The course includes tastings of over 30 wines.
WSET Level Three Award in Wines May 2, 3, 16, 17, 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Exam on June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Link to register here or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for serious wine lovers.
For those wishing to delve deeply into the world of wines, Level 3 provides a detailed understanding of viticulture and winemaking. Open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, or who can demonstrate intermediate level knowledge by completing equivalent training courses, or who have sufficient experience in the wine business. The course covers the wines of the world in depth (over 35 hours) and tastings of over 70 wines. This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom time.
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