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WSET Level 3 Award In Wines Mixed Format

Tue, September 13, 2022 (6:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

Capital Wine School
5207 Wisconsin Avenue - Suite # 7
Washington, DC 20015
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Cost: $1,395

10 class sessions with wine samples included

Includes all WSET study materials, wine tasting samples selected by Jay Youmans MW, 10 class session guided by a CWS instructor, and the examination.

This 10-class course will be held on the following dates:

In Person Class sessions

September 13 & October 18 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Virtually on WebEx or Zoom

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, 15 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

The exam will be held in person at the Capital Wine School on November 29 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. 

Participants attending classes #1 and #6 in person will be required to present proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of each class.

*The format of this course is subject to change to a fully virtual format depending on Covid caseload in the DC/VA/MD area, with the exception of the exam, which must be taken in person.

The aim of the course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality. Students will taste 4-6 wines during each class session. 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.

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 qualification.  A student must pass the WSET Level 3 exam before registering for the Diploma program.

32.5 Guided Learning Hours (including the 2.5 hour examination) and 51.5 hours private study.

Additional Information 

Class sessions #1 and #6 will be held in person at the Capital Wine School. Participants will pick up their study materials and wine samples for classes 1-5 during session #1, and will pick up their wine samples for classes 6-10 during session #6. There is no pre-study required.

Class sessions 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be held virtually on WebEx or Zoom.

Students who are unable to attend class #1 or #6 in person may request to have their study materials and wine samples shipped to them for an additional fee, but registration and requests for shipping must be received by 5:00pm on September 6; please email info@capitalwineschool.com for more information and invoicing. The Capital Wine School is hoping to be able to offer a virtual option for students who are unable to attend classes #1 or # 6 in-person; however, this is not guaranteed and students who are unable to attend class #1 or #6 in person should be prepared to review the material covered in these sessions on their own (your instructor will let you know what material was covered).

*For virtual class sessions, the Capital Wine School makes every effort to record each class and to make the recorded session available to participating students for up to one week after the scheduled class. While we have been able to successfully record these sessions for the vast majority of our classes, occasionally a technical glitch or human error will result in a failure to record some or all of a class. The Capital Wine School will not offer refunds or other concessions for classes that a student is unable to attend live, and for which a recorded session is unavailable due to an unexpected error. It is for this reason that we strongly encourage students to try to attend the live, online class session(s) as scheduled whenever possible.


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