This course builds on the knowledge and tasting skills acquired from the Level 2 (Intermediate) course and continues with a clear focus on developing effective tasting technique. Successful students will be able to describe the production methods and organoleptic characteristics of a broad range of high-quality wines and spirits from around the world. The WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting is followed when tasting each wine.
The course runs over 15 sessions of 2 hours each, plus a final examination consisting of a Theory paper (50 multiple choice questions + short written answer questions) + a Tasting paper (blind tasting of 2 wines). The sessions run every Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm in Wolfson College, Oxford.
Our courses are taught by Michael Palij, one of only 338 Masters of Wine and by W.S.E.T. Qualified Diploma holders. We source many of our wines from Michael's private cellar and as a result have the opportunity to show some rare and old vintages.
The sessions are as follows:
Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Viticulture & Viniculture
Session 3: Bordeaux & SW France
Session 4: Loire, Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon & SE France
Session 5: Burgundy & Alsace
Session 6: Spain & Portugal
Session 7: Italy
Session 8: N. Europe, Austria & Hungary
Session 9: Sparkling
Session 10: South Africa, Australia & New Zealand
Session 11: N. America, Chile & Argentina
Session 12: Sherry & Similar Wines
Session 13: Port & Similar Wines, Madeira
Session 14: Spirits