WSET certified Courses

Announcing a way for you to make more money while discovering new and old cultures throughout the world!

Perhaps you are working in the hospitality industry and want extra training to put you a cut above your colleagues.

Imagine impressing your clients and friends by choosing a sublime wine for every occasion?

Would you believe me if I told you you could do that in just 2 months?!

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Your Instructor

Joanne DiGeso

Think zen master meets female version of Dionysus the Greek god of grape harvests, winemaking, religious ecstasy and ritual madness. As a metaphorical flame thrower, Joanne will break down students’ barriers to learning. My classes have 2 rules; No oenophobes allowed and no prisoners taken.

Dip WSET/ ISG advanced / Certified Italian Wine Ambassador / Whistler's Top Sommelier 2010 / previous wine director and sommelier at 2 of Canada's 100 Best restaurants

about our

WSET certified
wine courses

the Global Leader of Wine education and recognized in over 70 different countries

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

WSET Level 1

We'll cover 8 noble grape varieties and 11 regionally named wines. Get your palate ready as we'll also cover food and wine pairing, how to store and serve wine and which glassware to use. We'll have 10 classroom hours to master the basics and leave you thirsty for more!

In Level 1, you will learn...

  • where wine grapes grow
  • the effect of climate on grapes
  • how to describe wine based on their structural characteristics such as sweetness level, level of tannin, acid, body and alcohol as well as fruit and oak descriptions
  • grape varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ Shiraz and wines Prosecco, Cava, White Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Sauternes, Sherry, and Port
  • how to read a wine list
  • how to store and serve wine properly
  • proper wine glasses for different styles of wine
  • introduction to wine and food pairing

Level 1

September 3,10,17, 24 (exam) on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm
$ 599
  • Deadline for registration is August 6

Where:

Whistler Chamber of Commerce

201-4230 Gateway Drive

When:

Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm

September 3, 10, 17, 24 (exam day)

Level 1

  • no prior experience in wine needed
  • classes meet for 3 hours each week except for examination day!
  • minimum 16 wines
  • includes textbook / workbook / wines / exam
  • NEW! Includes membership to online forum for additional practice quizzes and chatroom support
  • Level 1 is not a prerequisite to Level 2 so if you are wanting a more indepth study see Level 2 below!!

The level 1 exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You must achieve a grade of at least 70% in order to pass.

Materials and exams come from London, England and are sent back for marking. Exam results take between 2-6 weeks.

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WSET Level 2

We'll cover 20 grape varieties and 70 regionally named wines. Level 2 has no prerequisites but get ready to dive deep into the world of wine! We'll discuss food and wine pairing, how to store wine and which glassware to use.

WSET Level 1 is NOT a requirement to taking Level 2

" In wine there is truth (in vino veritas "
Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
Rome

In Level 2, you will learn...

  • a basic understanding of factors that influence wine style including climate, slopes, viticultural techniques (pruning) and winemaking techniques (crushing, pressing, fermentation temperatures and storage vessels) and maturation choices
  • main grape varieties and the quality regions of the world that produce them
  • the main ways of producing sparkling wines and the quality wine regions that make them
  • the main ways of making sweet and fortified wines and the regions of the world that make them
  • how to describe wine based on their structural characteristics such as sweetness level, level of tannin, acid, body and alcohol as well as fruit and oak descriptions using the Level 2 systematic approach to tasting
  • Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/ Shiraz, Grenache/ Garnacha in Burgundy/ Bourgogne, Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé (France), Sonoma, Carneros (California), Mendoza (Argentina), Casablanca Valley (Chile), Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River (Australia), Marlborough (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa), Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese, Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco and many others in Italy, Tempranillo, Rioja (Spain) and much much more
  • there's way too much to mention here so please email [email protected] for a complete list
  • how to store and serve wine properly
  • proper wine glasses for different styles of wine

Level 2 class starts in October 2019 and runs for 9 weeks

Level 2

Sale! Register by August 20th, 2019
$ 1150
  • Deadline for early registration is August 20th
Buy Early!

Level 2

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 and December 3 (exam) on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm
$ 1250
  • Deadline for registration is September 5th

Where:

Whistler Chamber of Commerce

201-4230 Gateway Drive

When:

Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 and December 3 (exam)

" A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world "
Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur
France

Level 2

  • no prior experience in wine required
  • classes meet for 3 hours, one day per week for 9 weeks
  • minimum 48 wines
  • includes textbook/ workbook / wines/ exam
  • NEW! Includes membership to online forum for additional practice quizzes and chatroom support

The Level 2 exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you have 60 minutes to complete them. You must get 55% in order to pass the exam

Materials and exams come from London, England and are sent back for marking. Exam results take between 2-6 weeks.

Sign up right now!