Looking Behind the Label
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits provides a solid introduction to wine, wine service and food and wine pairing, and explores the most important grape varieties, wine-making regions and wine styles.
It is aimed at beginners who are considering a career in the wine industry, candidates who work with wine on a regular basis or intermediate enthusiasts who want to take their understanding of wine to the next level.
On completion of the course candidates will be able to communicate knowledgeably with customers and operate confidently during wine service, making wine recommendations based on customers preferences and food choices and work credibly with other wine industry professionals. Candidates will have the tools to interpret simple wine lists and make informed choices when making purchases in restaurants and retail outlets.
- Tasting of a range of wines from the most important varieties and wine-making regions including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Chianti, Rioja, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and less well-known varieties such as Torrontes, Malbec, Albarino, Viognier and Pinotage.
- Sessions dedicated to sparkling wines, sweet wines, fortified wines and spirits.
- An introduction to grape-growing and wine-making that will allow the student to begin to make links as to why wines made from the same grape variety and/or region may be similar or differ in style.
The course can be completed in 3 days or 9 evenings and concludes with a 60 minute, 50 multiple choice question examination.
Courses are held regularly for public attendance in Edinburgh or can be offered privately on your business premises for groups of 6 or more.
Distance learning/online courses are also available:
If you’re wondering whether Level 2 is right for you, have a go at the following questions that you might find in a Level 2 examination:
1. Which of the following grape varieties is used to produce Pouilly-Fume?
d) Sauvignon Blanc
2. Which gas is given off during alcoholic fermentation?
3. Which spirit uses the initals VSOP to indicate its age?
If you knew the answers to these questions then maybe Level 3 would be more suitable: