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WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

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The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course spans 9 weeks and is and excellent course for general interest wine enthusiasts as well as people working in the hospitality industry and wine trade. The course delves into details about the major wine countries and wine regions and covers the following topics; growing grapes, making and maturing wine, the art of tasting, food and wine matching, classic grape varieties, French and German wines, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wines, new world wine regions, sparkling and fortified wines.

WSET Level 2 Wine & Spirits


Certified Instructor - Rob Nellis

Session 1: Course induction; Tasting technique; Pairing wine and food
Rob Nellis
Session 2: Factors influencing the production of red wines; Pinot Noir, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Session 3: Factors influencing the production of white, sweet and rosé wines; Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sémillon/Semillon, Furmint
Session 4: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer,
Viognier, Albariño
Session 5: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
Session 6: Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carmenère, Malbec, Pinotage
Session 7: Cortese, Garganega, Verdicchio, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Corvina, Sangiovese, Montepulciano
Session 8: Sparkling Wines & Fortified Wines
Session 9: Exam

plan du cours

François Bélisle,
Instructeur WSET certifié

1ère semaine Introduction à la dégustation, service et entreposage du vin, accords mets et vins Francois Belisle
2ème semaine Facteurs qui influencent la production du vin rouge Pinot Noir, Zinfandel/Primitivo
3ème semaine Facteurs qui influencent la production du vin blanc, doux et rosé
Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Furmint
4ème semaine Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinto Grigio/Pinot Gris
Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albariño
5ème semaine Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
6ème semaine Semaine d’étude (Journée nationale des Patriotes au Québec / Fête de Victoria)
7e semaine Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carmenère, Malbec, Pinotage
8ème semaine Cortese, Garganega, Verdicchio, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Corvina, Sangiovese, Montepulciano
9ème semaine Vins mousseux et fortifiés
10ème semaine Examen final – 50 Questions à choix multiples

WSET® Level 2 Award Spirits

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The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course spans 10 weeks and covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as  the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Participants taste a great variety of spirits and liqueurs to develop analytical tasting skills and a high level of competency using a systematic approach to tasting. This qualification provides the skills needed in the spirit trade – customer service, hospitality, retail and wholesale. The Level 2 Award in Spirits is supported by the world’s major spirits companies. The course covers the following topics; the spirits market, production, brandy, whiskey & scotch whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila, gin and other flavored spirits, liqueurs and fruit spirits, the sale and service of spirits.

WSET Level 2 Spirits


Certified Instructor - Rob Nellis

Week 1 Production, Techniques, Cocktails
Rob Nellis
Week 2 Whiskies
Week 3 Vodka, Gin and Grain Spirits
Week 4 Tequila & Rum
Week 5 Brandy, Armagnac, Grappa and Eau-de-Vie
Week 6 Study Week (No Class)
Week 7 Liqueurs
Week 8 Aperitifs
Week 9 Review and Mixology
Week 10 Exam

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

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The New WSET Level 3 Award In Wines is for individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines.  The certification is designed to allow students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect wine style, quality and price. Upon completion students will be able to make accurate assessments and authoritative recommendations on wines from around the world.  

This certification is ideal for both the wine trade and for wine enthusiasts.  Trade employees working in or aspiring to roles in a supervisory capacity with responsibility for advising management, answering customer queries and making informed selections of wines in a wide variety of situations will especially benefit from the program. This course is also the next step for the wine enthusiast wishing to develop a deeper understanding of wine and build on the knowledge gained in Level 2. 

The following topics are covered; Spain & Portugal, Eastern Europe, The Americas, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa & South America, Champagne and other sparkling wines, Sherry, Port and other fortified wines, advanced wine tasting techniques, viticulture, vinification, labeling, Alsace & Bordeaux, Burgundy & the Loire, the Rhone & the south of France, Germany and Italy.

WSET Level 3


Certified Instructor - Matt Webb

Week 1 Introduction, Systematic Approach to Tasting, Viticulture, Varieties, Viniculture, Maturation, Bottling and Wine Defects
Week 2 Introduction to EU labeling, France: Burgundy and Alsace, Bordeaux and the South-West
Week 3 France: Rhone, Southern France & Loire, Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, England & South-East Europe
Week 4 Study Week (No Class)
Week 5 North-West & North-East Italy, Central & Southern Italy
Week 6 Key Skills, Sweet Wines
Week 7 Spain & Portugal, USA, Canada, Chile & Argentina
Week 8 Study Week (No Class)
Week 9 South Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Sparkling Wines
Week 10 Review
Week 11 Study Week (No Class)
Week 12 Final Exam


Class Structure

Each class normally begins at 6:30pm and from 6:00pm each evening, wine or spirits are available for tasting. The classes are meant to be interactive between students and instructor, rather than 'lecture' style, students are expected to complete the reading on each week’s topic ahead of time to be prepared for in-class discussions. Students should review the material again in the week following the class. Each class includes a tasting of up to 6 wines or spirits spread out over intervals throughout the evening. Students in Level 3 have the opportunity to do blind tastings during the second half of the course.


The course curriculum may contain practice quizzes as indicated in the outline. The quizzes are to help students judge their preparedness and do not count towards the final mark. Each course contains a review followed by a final exam. The final exam is one hour long, and is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. The Level 3 final exam includes a blind tasting of two wines.

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