We offer Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Certifications in Lancaster, Harrisburg and York, Pennsylvania. WSET offers an outstanding wine education. WSET is recognized and respected in the wine and the hospitality industry worldwide. These certifications are accredited in the United Kingdom and are part of the UK education system.
- 25% of all people who get WSET certifications are not in the wine industry! They are wine enthusiasts with a desire to learn!
For those in the restaurant, bar and hotel business , WSET certifications are an opportunity to improve your staff’s knowledge of wine and improve their ability to sell wine to your customers. We can train your entire staff in WSET Level 1 Award in Wines in your restaurant, on a day where your restaurant is closed, in just a matter of hours. Your employees will appreciate that you have given them this benefit for being a loyal employee! Your customers will appreciate that your staff is knowledgeable about wine!
For those in the service industry, a WSET certification can show a future employer exactly what you know, and will move you to the top of the list among other applicants for your next employment opportunity. Our training is both fun and informative. It’s an investment in yourself.
- To restaurant owners: If you are not interested in WSET certification for your staff, another option is a custom designed class for your team. I can create a class for your staff, focusing on the wines on your wine list. Training your servers on wine and wine service will enable them to make better pairing suggestions to your customers and you will have higher wine sales!
- Classes are currently offered in Lancaster, but we will be adding classes in Harrisburg and York, very soon. Please let us know that you are interested in having a class in your area and we can bring a class to you!
Level 1 Award in Wines is taught as a one day class (including taking the test) in person or online through WSET. The test is multiple choice exam of 30 questions, given at the end of the day. 8 wines to taste (in person) textbook provided on the day of class, no outside study required. Upon successful test result, certificate and pin awarded from WSET. This is a great class for anyone working or desiring to work in restaurants, bars, wineries or for any wine enthusiast!
Topics covered in Level 1 Award in Wines
- what makes wine…wine!
- the basics of wine making
- the most common wine styles
- the 8 principle grape varieties and how they are different. You will taste all 8!
- how to store wine
- how to serve wine
- wine and food pairing
Level 2 Award in Wines is taught as a 5 day class, 4 1/2 hours per day, the fifth day of the class is the exam day, multiple choice exam, 50 questions, 15 wines to taste, no tasting test on the exam. Textbook provided in advance. It is advisable to read the text before the class begins, so you should sign up and receive the textbook as early as possible, for maximum preparation for this class. Upon successful test result, certificate and pin awarded from WSET. You do not need to take Level 1 before taking Level 2, but there is a big jump in the knowledge required to pass the Level 2 test, so if you unsure of how much time you want to commit to this, Level 1 is a great place to start. Level 2 is a great class for anyone working or desiring to work in restaurants, bars, wineries or for any wine enthusiast. Five years ago this is where I began my wine journey!
Topics covered in Level 2 Award in Wines
- tasting and evaluating wine
- wine and food pairing
- storage and service of wine
- grape growing
- 30 grape varieties
- most major wine regions of the world
- sparkling and fortified wine styles
WSET Levels 3 and 4 (Diploma) Award in Wines are offered through our partner Phillywine, in person. For more information see Phllywine.com. All Phillywine classes are held at the Fitler Club in Philadelphia, a 6 minute walk from the Amtrak Train Station, a very convenient option for those interested in pursuing WSET Level 3 and 4 certifications. Passing Level 2 Award in Wines is advisable, although if you have had prior wine education, it is possible to enroll in Level 3 Award in Wines class without passing Level 2 award in wines.