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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


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Level 1 Award in Wines: Course Specifications & Policies

Why take WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
  • Increase your understanding of what’s in your glass
  • Gain confidence in your wine knowledge
  • Improve ability to navigate a wine list and understand basics of food and wine pairings
  • Have fun and meet other wine enthusiasts like yourself
  • For hospitality and restaurant professionals, have a baseline of knowledge about wine to better present the wines you represent
  • Receive the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine (successful candidates only)
Who is this course designed for:
  • Wine Enthusiasts: anyone who has an interest in wine but has limited experience or formal training
  • Wine Educators who work in wine hospitality or restaurants and wish to increase their wine knowledge to enhance their skills
  • Odyssey Wine Academy is in the process of launching a scholarship program designed specifically to introduce Sonoma County’s vineyard workers to the basics of wine through WSET Level 1 Award in Wine provided in Spanish. Contact us directly for more information or if you are interested in being a sponsor.
What you’ll learn:
  • Stages of grape growing and winemaking
  • Main styles and types of wines
  • Characteristics of common grape varieties
  • Wine service and tasting techniques
  • The WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT) and how to use to describe wines
  • Basic principles behind pairing food and wine
Course format
  • 6 hours of classroom learning that includes a 45 minute exam of 30 multiple choice questions
Fees and Materials:
  • $385 (inquire directly about teaching assistant and scholarship options)
  • Course fee includes:
    • Study guide: An Introduction to Wine
    • Enrollment fee
    • Exam fee
    • In-person classroom instruction
    • Certificate
    • At least 6 wines tasted during course
Added benefits for this course:
  • Currently only public course offered in Sonoma County, shortened travel for Sonoma and Mendocino residents
  • Opportunity to meet guest winemakers – subject to availability
For more details on specifications, click here.

Additional information

Class Dates:

Thursday, June 13th 9am-4pm, Wednesday, August 28th 9am-4pm