Upcoming Classes and Events
Are you looking to host a special event that's educational and really fun? We can come to your home or office to teach one of our many classes. From Wine 101 to something more focused, we will make sure your party is a success.
CLASSES AT THE HARVARD SQUARE WINTER WINE POP-UP!
Sun, January 12, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
25 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA
Burgundy, France is the home of great food and spectacular wines. It's the homeland of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. Come learn about the nuances of this region through tasting some great wines. From village to village, vineyard to vineyard, the wines of Burgundy will enchant you.
CLASSES AT THE CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION
Winetasting: A Beginner’s Sampler - Register Here!
Fridays, January 31 and February 7, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
With a whole world of wine to choose from, how do you find what you want to drink? Join us to learn how to distinguish between wine styles, grape varieties, and regions. We’ll discuss how to buy wine at all price points, how to taste wine to get the most out of every glass, what makes a New World wine different from the same type of wine produced in France or Italy, and the best food pairings for different wine styles.
Wines of Italy - Register Here!
Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Italy is a land of tremendous passion, with wines that reflect the personality of its people and history. This course will cover the geography and genealogy of grape varieties that have been cultivated since before even the Roman Empire. This includes wine from places like Sicily and Campania in addition to the better known regions of Tuscany and the Piedmont.
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WSET Level 1 -Understanding Wines: Explaining Style & Quality
The WSET Level 1 course offers a true beginner’s overview of wine, and is geared to anyone with an interest in wine for personal enjoyment or launching a professional career. It’s a particularly good starting point for people just beginning to work in restaurants, hospitality, or retail. Level 1 is a fun way to get up to speed on what wine is and how it differs by style.
The Level 1 course provides a systematized way of learning about and tasting wine, focusing on knowledge that is practical, hands-on, and designed to build a foundation for future exploration. The course will introduce you to basics of wine, broad different styles, simple storage and service rules, and easy techniques for pairing wine with a range of foods.
At the end of the course, you’ll complete a short, multiple-choice exam, and upon passing, will receive a Level 1 WSET certificate.
This course comes with a proprietary WSET wine workbook.
If you know the basic wine grapes—that Chardonnay is a white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon is usually red—then begin at Level 2. This beginner to intermediate wine course offers greater breadth and depth of material, more tasting opportunities and additional classroom hours compared to Level 1.
It’s for anyone who:
• Works in wine or who want a career in the industry
• Has a serious interest in deepening their wine knowledge
• Wishes to become a more confident wine taster
WSET Level 3 - Advanced Certificate in Wine
WSET Level 3 embarks on an in-depth examination of the options and limitations available to producers of every major world wine region, including France, Italy, Spain, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. For each region we examine the natural and human factors that impact wine style, quality, and price. The study pack and textbook are completely new and include links to WSET films. Students who successfully pass a final examination, including a written and tasting portion, are entitled to the title “WSET Level 3 Certified” and to use the WSET logo on their professional materials.
When taken in person, the Level 3 course usually meets over 16 two-hour sessions or 6 weekend days. We feel this format gives students the best opportunity to really digest and process information—as well as practice tasting—prior to the challenging final exam. Systematic wine tasting is a part of every session, with more than 90 wines tasted in the course.
The Level 3 online course is a 9-week program consisting of a series of online activities, often based around group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide students. Each week covers a new topic and students can log in whenever they want during the week. Students are given timed practice exams and assignments to prepare them for the final evaluation. Tasting activities are also provided for participants to do in their own time. Students arrange with Grape Experience Wine and Spirit School to take the exam in person.
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