Level 1

In-person course in Whistler, BC

Price: $599

Joanne DiGeso

We'll cover 8 noble grape varieties and 16 wines from European regions in this 1-day course.


Schedule: Class is from 9-5. You only have one week to study so we recommend starting before you get to class!

Exam: from 11-12 pm the following week


  • Introduction
  • Tips for passing your exam | How to access your free online guide for practice quizzes
  • What is wine
  • Where the best places for growing wine grapes are
  • 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  11 – 11:20

  • Tasting of different acidity and sweetness levels
  • The good stuff! Words to describe: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sancerre, Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne
  • Learn how to conduct a proper wine tasting using WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)
  • Tasting of 2 white wines

Lunch 12:15 – 1:15

  • Review
  • More good stuff! Words to describe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ Shiraz, Burgundy, Bordeaux
  • Tasting of 2 red wines
  • 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 2:30 – 2:50

  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Tasting of 5 wines
  • Wine games
  • Practice examination

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

However, Level 1 is a good fit for anyone who is interested in learning more about wine. It’s a great place to start your wine journey!

WSET Level 1 lapel pin and Certification mailed to you upon passing.

Who is WSET Level 1 For

Louis Pasteur, France

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

Your WSET Level 1 Exam

You’ll have one week to prepare and practice online quizzes with your free Ultimate Guide to Your Level 1 Course then…

  •  you have 45 minutes
  • 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 3-8 weeks to get your results.

WSET Level 1 lapel pin and Certification mailed to you upon passing.

Sign up today!

WSET Level 1

Upon payment, we'll send you a pdf of the textbook an instructions to gain access to your free Ultimate Guide to Your Level 1 Course so you can start practicing wine through online quizzes today!

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!