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WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits (Spring 2018)

Fees:
1,500.00 CAD

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Optional Items

WSET Level 3 – Textbook & Study Pack - $150.00 CAD
+GST
WSET Level 3 – 6 ISO Glasses & PICA Tote Bag: Required in addition to the 6 ISO glasses from Level 1 - $45.00 CAD
+GST
/PST

Each class is enhanced with a tasting that includes the benchmark wines discussed in the lecture. This program is offered in conjunction with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Students will write the Level 3 WSET exam at the end of the course.

Curriculum

Course Length: 16 weeks (Mondays | 6:00pm - 9:00pm)
April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30 (NO CLASSES FOR VICTORIA DAY OR CANADA DAY)

Contact Hours: 45 (3 Hours per session) + 3 for Exam

Mandatory Course Fees:
Tuition: $1,325.00 & WSET Exam: $175.00

Additional Materials and Items:

Textbook & Study Pack: WSET Advanced Textbook & Study Pack (Includes Key Fact Sheets, Maps, Self Checks and Practice Exams (including Answer Keys), Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine, Tasting Notes etc.) $150.00 + GST (5%) 

Kit (12 ISO Tasting glasses, tasting sheets, tote): $90.00 + GST/PST (or $45 + GST/PST for 6 glasses if you already took WSET Level 1 or 2)

Course Competencies:

This course is designed to give the student upon successful completion:

  • A thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world and their commercial importance in the world’s market.
  • The in depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills required for product selection in the hospitality and retail sectors.
  • The ability to describe the characteristics of the principal wines and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and value.
  • Ability to apply the principles of food and wine matching to the key styles of wine available.
  • Ability to use the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting to produce tasting notes that will allow the identification of style, quality and price band of wines and spirits.
  • Knowledge to provide advice on the correct storage and service of wine and spirits.

Recommended Course Prerequisites: Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or equivalent.

Student Evaluation: The final examination is The Wine and Spirit Education Trust Advanced Certificate and consists of 50 multiple choice questions; 4 short written answers and a blind tasting of one wine.

Weekly Outline:

Week 1 – Factors Affecting Wine Style & Quality

  • The effect of climate, soil, annual weather & topography
  • Understanding viticulture
  • The effect of winemaking & maturation techniques
  • Factors affecting cost
  • Tasting & evaluating wine

Week 2 – Advanced Food and Wine Pairing & Wine Law

  • Introduction to French appellation law
  • The principles of food & wine combination
  • Practical tasting exercise with classic food and wine pairings
  • Discussion on tasting exercise
  • Wine tasting technique

Week 3 – Bordeaux & Southwest France

  • Understanding the wines of Bordeaux & Southwest France
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 4 – Burgundy

  • Understanding the wines of Burgundy
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of Key Wines

Week 5 – Rhône Valley & Southern France

  • Understanding the wines of the Rhône Valley & Southern France
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 6 – Loire Valley & the Alsace

  • Understanding the wines of the Loire Valley & the Alsace
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 7 – Italy

  • Italian wine law & labelling terms
  • Understanding the wines of Italy
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 8 – Germany and Central / Southeastern Europe

  • German wine law
  • Central & Southeastern European wine law
  • Understanding the wines of the region
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 9 – Iberian Peninsula

  • Spanish & Portuguese wine law
  • Understanding the wines of Spain & Portugal
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 10 – Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

  • Australian, New Zealand, & South African wine law
  • Understanding the wines of the regions
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 11 – North & South America

  • US and South American wine law
  • Understanding the wines of the United States & South America
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 12 – Champagne & Other Sparkling Wines

  • Methods of sparkling wine production
  • The major European sparkling wine styles
  • Other sparkling wine styles
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 13 – Fortified Wines

  • Methods of fortified wine production
  • The major European fortified wines
  • Other fortified wines
  • Food & wine
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key wines

Week 14 – Spirits & Liqueurs

  • Principles of distillation
  • Methods of spirit production
  • The major spirit & liqueur styles
  • Service of spirits & liqueurs
  • Market dynamics
  • Tasting of key spirits

Week 15 – Review

Week 16 - Examination 

*For tax purposes, students are eligible to receive a T2202A upon completion of 'WSET Level 3'

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