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Basic Wine Course

Level 1 Wine Course

In-person Basic Wine course in Whistler, BC

Price: $599

Are you looking to take a WSET online wine course??  Click here

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No prerequisites !
Graduates receive a WSET certificate and A pin

WSET Level 1 Wine Course

Beginner/ Basic Wine Course

We'll cover 8 grape varieties and 16 wines from European wine regions. So, get ready to prime your palate - as we'll also cover the basics of food pairing and wine pairing, how to store and serve wine and which glassware to use. We'll have 7 classroom hours to master the basics, practice wine tasting and sample some food. We'll even leave you thirsty for more!

Registration Deadline: September 6th, 2023
Class is on September 22nd
Exam is on the same day

Full day class from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Where: The Whistler Chamber of Commerce
201- 4230 Gateway Drive (take the elevator to the 2nd floor)

Cost: $599 CAD

Includes wines, your digital ebook, the exam for your wine course and FREE access to my Ultimate Guide to WSET Level 1 Wine Course - mobile-friendly quizzes to help you pass your exam !

How it works:

Gain access to your digital textbook a few days after payment. Plus, when you pay, you'll have the opportunity to receive 50% off my Ultimate Guide to Level 1 in Wines —an invaluable mobile-friendly database
featuring flashcards, and 300+ multiple-choice and drag+drop questions.

Start studying right away!
We'll go over everything in class - taste wines, practice food + wine pairing
and take the exam at the end of the day

Class is from 8:30-5:30

September 22th, 2024

Deadline for registration: September 6th

Bring your cup o’ joe and your lunch…

you’ll write the exam on the same day !


Class starts 8:30

  • 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  10:00 – 10:15

Class 10:15

  • 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

Lunch 11:30 – 12:15 – pack a lunch and bring it with you!

Class 12:15

  • Review
  • More good stuff! Words to describe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ Shiraz, Burgundy, Bordeaux
  • Wine tasting using the SAT
  • Other wines: Prosecco, Cava, White Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Sauternes, Sherry, Port
  • Check on learning
  • How to properly store and serve wine

Afternoon Break 1:45 – 2:00

Class 2:00

  • Wine tasting using the SAT
  • Food pairing and wine pairing
  • Wine games
  • Practice examinatiion

Last Break to Prepare the Room 4:15-4:30

Exam 4:30 – 5:30

Who is WSET Level 1 Basic Wine Course For

Level 1 is a great place to start

your wine journey!

WSET was originally created for people wanting a career in wine.

However, Level 1 is a good fit for anyone interested in learning more about wine. It’s a great 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 Wine Course Exam

You’ll attend class for a day.

At the end of the day, 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 practice wine tasting in the Level 1 basic wine course exam

Exams are sent to London, England for marking and may take anywhere from 3-8 weeks to get your results.

Upon passing, you’ll receive the highly coveted WSET Level 1 lapel pin. Wear it with pride on your collar! You’ll also get a wine tasting certificate signed by WSET’s president upon passing!

Sign up today!

WSET Level 1

Upon payment, you'll receive the 'Specification' which tells you everything you need to know to pass your exam. You'll also gain immediate access to your FREE Ultimate Guide to WSET Level 1 in Wines.

What are you waiting for??

Wine quote:

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


C o n t a c t

Have any questions? Reach out to Joanne now!