4 day intensive including exam, $1,350

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This 4-day course will be held at Capital Wine School from October 24 – 27, 2019.  Class will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, October 27, class will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the exam will be held from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Students who register and pay for this intensive on or before October 8 will take the examination at the end of the course on October 27.

Students who register and pay for this intensive after October 8 will take the examination on November 19 at 3:30pm.

Study materials will be mailed via USPS priority mail the first week of October to students who have registered by October 1. Subsequent mailings for students who register after October 1 will occur weekly through October 17. Students who register after October 17  will receive their materials at the first class, or may arrange to pick their materials up from the school in advance (please email info@capitalwineschool.com to schedule a pickup).

Please note that there are no refunds or rescheduling after October 8, 2019.

**The cost of lunch is not included in this class. Students may bring lunch or visit one of the many eateries in the area.**

The aim of the course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits 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 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 and Spirits qualification.   A student must pass the WSET Level 3 exam before registering for the Diploma program.

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


  • Day 1
    October 24, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    October 25, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    October 26, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4
    October 27, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Exam
    October 27, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


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