5 week course, $595


The course is based around a 5-week, 6-module online program with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums.

There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. All study materials are included in the online course. The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 2 Wine qualification and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognize the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.

Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

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


Course Structure

Module 1: Introduction to Wine Tasting, Pairing, Storage & Service Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully. Learn the processes and principles of wine storage and service.
Module 2:
Factors Affecting Wine Style and Quality Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the style and quality of wine. Learn the meaning of labelling terms related to vine age and grape-growing options.
Module 3: Still Red Wine Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important black grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced. Meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.
Module 4: Still White Wines Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important white grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced. Meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.
Module 5: Other Styles of Wine Learn about the key grape varieties used to produce the principal styles of sparkling and fortified wines, key winemaking processes used to make sparkling and fortified wine. Meaning of the labelling terms associated with sparkling/fortified wines.
Module 6: Revisions and feedback questionnaire.


***Study materials will be mailed to students 5-7 days before the course start date via USPS Priority Mail.

***The exam will be given at the Capital Wine School – Washington, DC. It takes 1 hour to complete.

***The registration deadline for this course is November 3, 2019, and there are no refunds or rescheduling after this date. Requests for registration after the registration deadline will be considered on a case by case basis and will be assessed a $50 late registration processing fee.


Operating Systems – Windows 7 and newer, Mac OSX 10.6 and newer, Linux – chromeOS
• Mobile Operating System Native App Support – Android apps require version 5.0 or later and iOS apps require version 11 or later. All Android and iOS both support the two most recent versions of their respective operating systems.
• Computer Speed and Processor – use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible, 1GB of RAM, 2GHz processorCa
• Internet Speed – along with compatibility and web standards, system carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments, minimum of 512kbps
• Supported Browsers – system supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers (Javascript and cookies enabled): Chrome 72 and 73, Firefox 65 and 66, Flash 31 and 32 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files), Internet Explorer 11 ( Windows only — may exhibit slight visual differences from other browsers, but these differences do not restrict product functionality), Edge 42 and 44 (Windows only), Respondus Lockdown Browser, Safari 11 and 12 (Macintosh only )
• Other required software – Adobe Reader XI or equivalent.

Course Code: O2WI2006APP

  • Finish Date:
    December 21, 2019
    5:00 pm
  • Exam Date
    December 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
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