The West of England Wine School is taking a new slant on courses this
autumn in view of the difficulties with Corona virus. We are offering our
Level 3 Wines course on-line via Zoom meetings rather than at a venue.
There seem to be so many advantages: no lengthy travel to and from the
Bristol venue, and certainly good to avoid public transport; your own sample
bottles ready to hand; all the lecture notes and revision sessions by e-mail;
whilst still having the same access to our lecturers who will expand on the
powerpoint presentations, just the same way as in a physical classroom.
Level 4 students already have experience of the system, and we are very
happy with the way the tastings and questions have worked in this format.
We will mail you the wines for each week, all you need to do is return the
empties to us after each session. The returns will not cost you any money,
just a trip to the post office. (Full details of how to make the returns will be
included in your information pack.) Similarly your glasses and study pack will
We think this is a brilliant way to taste and learn and we very much look
forward to welcoming you on the course.
Whether you’re looking for a professional wine qualification, or purely for pleasure, wine courses are a most palatable way to learn a great deal more, both of theory and practical wine tasting.
The West of England Wine School is the foremost wine education body in the South West, providing all levels of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses, from the entry level Foundation, through to the Diploma Honours. In the recent April 2019 Level 2 exam our five candidates scored two Distinctions and three Merits. Plmen Kolev from that course provided the following feedback:
We also have the benefit of a team of tutors many of them still engaged in the wine trade and all of them experts in their particular subject areas.
The WSET courses are internationally recognised as the finest vocational wine courses in the world, so it makes sense for them to be available to interested consumers as well as wine professionals.
Although each level is serious and finishes with a short exam, the modules are most enjoyable, with plenty of opportunity to practice your tasting and food-matching skills alongside fellow enthusiasts, and under the guidance of an experienced tutor. The subject of each module is carefully structured to build on the information provided in the previous ones, especially with the approach to tasting.
The fee for your WSET Level 2 includes all materials, WSET study pack and exam, and 6 ISO tasting glasses. Students will also need to bring something to spit into, plus a cloth to dry their glasses after washing. The programme will cover the following topics:
- Tasting Technique and Food & Wine Matching
- Wine Service and Storage
- Viticulture and Vinification
- The Major Grape Varieties and their interpretation around the World
- The Wines of France
- The Wines of Germany
- The Wines of Italy, Spain and Portugal
- The Wines of the Americas and Southern Hemisphere Sparkling Wines
- Fortified Wines and Spirits
We hope this has whetted your appetite and if you would like to enrol, please click on an upcoming date you wish to attend and fill in the form.
If you have any enquiries about the WSET Level 2, you can contact the course co-ordinator Lys Hall on 01275332980 or by using our contact form and selecting Lys on the drop down box.
We look forward to welcoming you on the course.