This WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Online Zoom course is an interactive way to learn the basics of wine with Jane Clare of One Foot in the Grapes … and you’ll work towards a qualification too!
The course is suitable for both wine enthusiasts and people in the hospitality industry wanting to enhance their skills.
Throughout the course you’ll learn the characteristics of key grape varieties, wine styles and how wine is made. The principles of food and wine pairing will also be explored.
Together we’ll create some hands-on “experiments” which will help you understand the characteristics of wine. We’ll taste wine and you’ll develop wine-tasting skills and learn to describe it using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine.
In our final week a quiz will test your knowledge using mock exam questions.
Jane Clare (pictured) of One Foot in the Grapes will deliver the WSET Level 1 – Online Zoom course in real time. You’ll be able to ask questions and interact with fellow students; and hopefully have fun as you immerse yourself in the world of wine for the first time.
What will happen?
You’ll receive a Zoom invite to each session. In advance of the course, One Foot in the Grapes will explain what to have ready for each session. This could be a food sample, tea bags for a tannin taste test, or a glass or two of wine.
The online Zoom course takes place over four consecutive weeks in two-hour weekday evening sessions.
The multiple-choice exam will take place online a week after the course finishes. Here’s a short video explaining how online exams work.
At the end of the course you will:
- Understand the key stages in grape growing and winemaking
- Know the types, characteristics and styles of wines made from the principal grape varieties and other examples of wines.
- Know the key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine.
- Here is the full WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification specification
You will need:
- A good wi-fi connection and a desktop computer.
- You’ll be asked to source simple foods including two grapes, salt, lemon, sweet biscuits, chilli-flavoured snacks, and a full-flavoured fatty food such as cheese.
- Tea bags for a tannin taste test
You don’t need to taste wine to study this course, or to be able to pass the exam.
However there are recommended styles of wine we will taste over the four weeks. You would source these and One Foot in the Grapes will support with retailer recommendations.
The wines include: Sauvignon blanc, oaked chardonnay, pinot noir, oaked merlot, highly oaked cabernet sauvignon and Sauternes.
One Foot in the Grapes will send you:
- Your WSET Level 1 Award in Wines workbook An Introduction to Wine
- Tartaric acid for a “sweetness and acidity” experiment
- A bitter strip to understand your palate
The next course dates:
I am adding dates all the time – sometimes bespoke to respond to a flurry of interest. There’s a range of WSET Level 1 Award in Wines – Online Zoom course dates available up to the end of June 2021: – but drop me a line as I may have one in the pipeline not imcluded here.
Read the full list of dates here
How long does it take?
This qualification has a minimum requirement of six hours’ study time. Our classes are delivered in English. We will deliver the Zoom course over four weeks of two-hour sessions.
How much does it cost?
The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines – Online Zoom course with an online exam is £140.
Do you need any qualifications?
There are no entry requirements. You must be 18 to take part in the winetasting; but if you are underage that does not stop you taking part in the theory sessions and sitting the examination. Our classes are delivered in English.
How do you pass?
You would sit a 45 minute closed-book online exam of 30 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you need to achieve 70% or more.
There are certain technical requirements to take the exam (check here).
The exam date will be included in the course timetable as outlined here.
If the exam date doesn’t work for you, another arrangement can be made.
If you prefer not to take the exam online then classroom paper exams in the Liverpool venue are an option. These are currently limited due to present social distancing restrictions. Contact us for the options.
What to do next
Ask any questions before you make a booking – contact us here for more details
Another way to study the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
If you prefer the flexibility of studying in your own time then the online classroom course may be a better option.
This entails six hours of online study over four weeks following the modules at your own pace under the guidance of an online educator. The details are here.
Classroom courses will be available soon in Liverpool city centre subject to social distancing regulations.
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