Includes all study materials*, wine samples, postage**, tuition, and first examination***

*Study materials are given to students at the first class. Requests for advance mailing of study materials will be contingent upon inventory and will incur a $25 mailing fee
**Postage for original mailing of certificates and lapel pins included. Request for replacement of lost certificates/pins will incur additional fees.
***Exam re-sits, or rescheduling of the exam date with less than 15 business days’ notice, are not included and will incur a $125 exam fee.

Please join Crystal Cameron Schaad, owner and sommelier of Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet, for this WSET course. Crystal recently earned her DipWSET credential and is a graduate of the WSET Educator Training program.

This 5-class course will be held at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet on the following dates: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, with the exam on March 10.  Each class meets from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  The exam also begins at 6:00 p.m.

The aim of the course is to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world. While the course provides an overview of the wines and spirits of the world, including main wine grapes and regions, it also covers factors affecting wine quality and style, grape growing, and basic winemaking practices. The course emphasizes tasting assessment and the skills required to describe the aromas and tastes of wine. It helps to develop fundamental tasting and assessment skills. During each session of the class, students taste 8-9 wines. The exam takes 1 hour and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, an internationally recognized credential in the wine industry.

The course fee includes the 5 classes at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet; PDF copies of the class lectures; the WSET course book, study guide, and guide to the systematic approach to tasting wine; practice quizzes; 40 different wines; and the exam at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet.

Note: This is a structured educational class with seated tastings and classroom style lectures.

17 Guided Learning Hours (including one hour for the examination) and 11 hours’ private study.

For detailed information about the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, please click here to download a PDF of the WSET’s Specifications.


*Students who register more than two weeks before the first class meeting will receive their study guide at the first class. — STUDENTS WHO REGISTER WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE FIRST CLASS DATE MAY NOT RECEIVE THEIR STUDY GUIDE UNTIL THE SECOND CLASS MEETING.*


  • Class #1
    January 28, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Class #2
    February 4, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Class #3
    February 11, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Class #4
    February 18, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Class #5
    February 25, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • WSET Level 2 exam
    March 10, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Venue Phone: (757) 264-5373

Venue Website:

4500 Pretty Lake Avenue, Suite 104, Norfolk, Virginia, 23518, United States