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Next course date: June 11, 2024

Registration deadline: May 27th, 2024

Kamloops Edition Basic Wine Course

Level 1 in Wines

WSET is Recognized in over 70 countries and is THE Industry Leader in Wine courses

In-person Full-Day course in Kamloops, BC

Price: $525

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No prerequisites !
Graduates receive a WSET certificate and A pin

Cost: $525 CAD

WSET Level 1 in Wines

Beginner/ Basic Wine Course

We'll cover 8 grape varieties and 16 European wines. So, get ready to prime your palate - We'll have 8 classroom hours to master the basics, taste wines and leave you thirsty for more!

What you'll learn in this basic wine course...

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Words to describe wines

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Wine tasting

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Food + wine pairing

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Wine service

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 27th 2024

Class: Tuesday, June 11th 2024 - 8-5 pm

Exam: Same day at 3:45-4:45

Where: Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

613 Victoria St

You’ll receive the ebook a few days after you pay! Then START READING right away! We’ll have 9 classroom hours to dip your toes into the wine world before writing your exam the same day.

If you would like to purchase my Ultimate Guide to Level 1 in Wines, you’ll be offered 50% discount at checkout. It’s a mobile-friendly guide of over 300 flashcards, multiple-choice and drag+drop questions and more!

At the end of your exam, take home a FREE set of 6 special wine tasting glasses you'll cherish forever!

Additional Bonus: The first 5 students to enrol will also recieve my Ultimate Guide to Level 1 in Wines FREE!

That’s a value of over $120!!!

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This Summer Uncork Your Potential with a Wine Class!!

Hi, I’m Joanne – a Kamloops native. Well, I live in Whistler now. But I’m a certified wine pro and I’m coming back to my hometown to share some wine fun with you. Wanna join me?!

You can read more about me here.


Class starts 8:00

  • Introduction
  • What is wine
  • Where the best places are for growing wine grapes
  • How to make wine
  • Wine types: still, sparkling, fortified, white, rosé, red
  • Ways to describe wines: dry, medium, sweet, acidity, tannin, alcohol, body, fruit, oak, and more

Morning Break  9:15 – 9:30

Class 9:30

  • The good stuff – white wines! Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sancerre, Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne
  • Learn how to conduct a proper wine tasting using the SAT
  • Tasting of 2 white wines

Lunch 10:45 – 11:30

Class 11:30

  • Review
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ Shiraz, Burgundy, Bordeaux
  • Tasting of 2 red wines using the SAT
  • Other wines: Prosecco, Cava, White Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Sauternes, Sherry, Port
  • How to properly store and serve wine

Afternoon Break 12:15 – 1:00

Class 1:00

  • Tasting of 6 wines using the SAT
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Wine games
  • Practice examination

Last Break for private study 2:30 -3:45

Exam 3:45-4:45

Who is WSET Level 1 For

Level 1 is a great place to start

your wine journey!

WSET’s Level 1 basic wine course is great fit for anyone interested in learning more about wine. So, this is a good place to start your wine journey!


Louis Pasteur, France

"A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world."

Your WSET Level 1 Exam

At the end of class, you’ll write your exam…

  • you have 45 minutes
  • to answer 30 multiple choice questions
  • you must get 70% in order to pass the exam
  • you will not blind taste wines in the Level 1 exam

Exams are sent to London, England for marking and may take anywhere from 2-7 weeks to get your results.


Celebrate your wine mastery with pride as you receive your official WSET lapel pin, a symbol of triumph and proof of passing your wine exam. You’ll also get a certificate signed by our WSET president (upon passing of course)!

Sign up today!

WSET Level 1

Upon payment, look for my email in your inbox as I'll need just a bit more information from you.This email will also contain the 'Specification' the WSET guidet that tells you everything you'll need to know to pass your exam.

Wine quote:

Wine does not make you fat,
it makes you lean...
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and funny people



Kind words from kind humans...

I wouldn’t be a success without hardworking students such as these fine humans…

[After taking WSET with Joanne], I started drinking a lot of wine and I'm able to tell the differences between them to serve my guests better.
After feeling totally overwhelmed at the beginning [of the course], the online course [SommWine's Ultimate Guide] and revision structure definitely helped.
[Joanne] overprepared us for our exam. The online quizzes were so helpful for studying!
I now feel more confident about wine and able to classify all the information in my mind. I'm pleased with how much I've learned in such a short period
Joanne's enthusiasm is infectious and her wine knowledge vast. Would 100% recommend for anyone wanting to deepen their wine knowledge!
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Jennifer Wang
Aspiring Sommelier, US
I now have more knowledge about grapes, terroir and winemaking processes and I'm confident to explain wine!

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Have any questions? Reach out to Joanne now!