The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was originally founded in 1969 to provide quality training relating to wines and spirits. WSET is now a premier international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a globally recognised selection of qualifications.
The WSET courses are not just for members of the wine and spirit trade but are also suitable for enthusiastic wine lovers who want to understand more about the subject.
Will I need to have prior knowledge about wines?
Yes but not much. If you understand that wine comes from grapes and can be red, white or rose, – and sometimes have bubbles in it – then you will be fine! We assume a very basic knowledge but everything you need to know to pass WSET Level 2 will be taught to you.
The most important thing you can bring to the class is your enthusiasm and your willingness to learn.
What does it cover?
This course is a great starting point to establish a solid basic understanding of wines. The main focus of this course is covering classic grape varieties, the styles of still, sparking and fortified wines that they make, regions of the world where they are grown and how climate and geography affects their taste. It will also include how to use the WSET SAT (Systematic Approach To Tasting) to assess and describe wines.
This course will form a great basis for you to progress to WSET Level 3 Advanced Award In Wine and Spirits.
- How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
- Key white grape varieties
- Key black grape varieties
- Wine-producing regions of the world
- Sparkling wines
- Sweet wines and fortified wines
- Spirits and liqueurs
- Label terminology
- Food and wine pairing
- The WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
- To gain the qualification students need to pass a multiple-choice paper of 50 questions
All courses for WSET Level 2 run on Monday evenings.
How long does the course last?
It’s an evening course that lasts 5 weeks consisting of 4 teaching sessions with the final session being revision and then the exam. Between the hours of 6.30pm and 11.00pm. Teaching time lasts between 16 and 20 hours in total.
See link to calendar for further details.
Venue & Class Size
Flint Wines, 16 Stannery Street, Kennington, SE11 4AA
(Off Kennington Park Road. A two minute walk from either Oval or Kennington tube stations. Directions here.)
Most courses will be run from Flint Wines and classes will normally be for 12 people, but never exceed more than 18 people.
Price per Student
What is included in the fee?
The fees include the WSET Level 2 study pack, sample tastings of around 50 different wines during the course and the WSET examination fees, certificate and lapel pin.
Stolzle Weinland Tasting glasses
* Please note: Students will need 6 glasses for the course. If you don’t have your own, select the “I require glasses” checkbox during booking and I will bring glasses for you. Please note, a set of 6 glasses costs £30 per attendee, which is payable on the first class.