(Register a month or more before the first class and save $100!)
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 additional exam fees: $195 for tasting & theory; $150 for theory only; $95 for tasting only.

This 10-class course will be held at Capital Wine School on the following dates:  February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14; exam April 28. Each class meets from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  Please note that the exam begins at 7:00pm, but students should plan to arrive by 6:30pm.  **Update 3/16/2020: Class sessions on March 17, 24, 31, April 7 and April 14 will be held online, with in-class replacement sessions and the final exam to be rescheduled for dates to be determined.**

The aim of the course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality. Emphasis is given to tasting assessment skills. Course content includes the following:

Unit 1 – Wines of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation, and bottling)
  • France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, North America, South and Central America
  • Still Wines
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified (Liqueur) Wines
  • This unit is evaluated by a multiple choice paper of 50 questions and a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2 – Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World

  • How to taste wines and evaluate the quality, style and price
  • Students will learn to write tasting notes by tasting and assessing 8-10 wines during each class.
  • This unit is assessed by a blind tasting paper of two wines

The exam consists of a multiple choice paper of 50 questions, a question paper requiring short written answers, and full written tasting notes on two wines.  Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, an internationally recognized credential in the wine industry.

The course fee includes the 10 classes at Capital Wine School, the WSET Level 3 study guide, and the exam at Capital Wine School.

Note: This qualification is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge.  It is recommended that students complete the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits before progressing to the Level 3 Award. This qualification is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification.   A student must pass the WSET Level 3 exam before registering for the Diploma program.

32.5 Guided Learning Hours (including the 2.5 hour examination) and 51.5 hours private study.

For detailed information about the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, please click here to download a PDF of the WSET’s Specification.

*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 #9 WEBEX
    April 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Class #10 WEBEX
    April 14, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • WSET Level 3 Wine- Exam **SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
    April 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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