Includes all study materials, virtual tasting tutorial, tuition, postage, and examination
The course is based around a 9-week structured online programme with a recommendation of 10 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. 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 course. The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 3 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 that guide the student through the key wine regions of the world looking at the factors in the vineyard and winery that influence wine styles.
A virtual tasting tutorial taught via Cisco WebEx introducing the Level 3 tasting technique is included in the course, with wine samples available for pickup curbside by appointment on June 25, 2020 between 12pm – 5pm. For distance students, wine samples will be shipped via FedEx where legally permitted.
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.
Week 1: Factors Affecting Style, Quality and Price of Wine
Learn about the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the style, quality
and price of wine.
Week 2: Tasting technique, Wine Laws and Service
Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. Learn about the fundamental rules of wine labelling. Learn about the principals of food and wine pairing, storage and service of wine.
Weeks 3-5: Factors Affecting the Wine, Style and Quality of Wines from Europe
Learn about the natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the wine, style and quality in the key wine regions and districts of Europe.
Weeks 6-7: Factors Affecting the Wine, Style and Quality of Wines from the Rest of the World
Learn about the natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the wine, style and quality in the key wine regions of the rest of the world and the key regional grape variety specialities of the rest of the world.
Week 8: Sparkling and Fortified Wines
Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries. Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of fortified wines from the key wine producing countries.
Week 9: Revision & Resources
Revision exercises and a mock multiple-choice examination in preparation for the examinations.
***The exam, which must be taken in person at the Capital Wine School, takes 2 & ½ hours and consists of short answer questions, multiple choice, and blind tasting assessment.
***Study materials will be mailed to students 5-7 days before the course start date via USPS Priority Mail.
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
• Other required software – Adobe Reader XI or equivalent.