American Wine School is an Approved Program Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The WSET® is an internationally recognized program designed to provide high-quality education and sought-after qualifications in wines and spirits members of the trade (or those intending to join it) as well as for the interested consumer. Last year over 85,487 candidates in over 70 countries took a WSET qualification. For more information on this London-based program, please visit their website at wsetglobal.com.
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 1, 2020 WSET will conduct Level 1 Wine, Level 1 Spirits, Level 1 Sake, Level 2, Spirits and Level 2 Wine exam ONLINE. While in-person exams are still available, WSET will now offer online exams making it possible to take the exams from the comfort of your own home.
American Wine School WSET® Courses
WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines
This entry level course provides basic information on basic grape varieties, introduction to wine tasting, food and wine pairing as well as basic service knowledge. Perfect for people new to the world of wine, this course results in a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate and is a great starting point for most novice consumers. The final exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Successful completion of the exam earns students WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate. The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and postage. Course Fee: $225
WSET® Level 1 Award in Spirits
Designed for beginners, this course will provides hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. The final exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Successful completion of the exams ears students WSET level 1 Award in Spirits certificate. The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and postage. Course Fee: $199
WSET® Level 2 Award in Wine
This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence. The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination. Postage fees are not included. Course Fee: $595
WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits
This course is perfect for students wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. The course covers the fundamentals of spirit production methods, principal raw materials, and the range of key spirit styles. Spirits service and use of spirits in cocktails will also be covered during the course. The course ends with a final exam of 50 multiple-choice questions. The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and postage.
Locations: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Springfield | Course Fee: $595
WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
This course is recommended for those who have earned the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits certificate, or have a good foundation of wine knowledge. In-depth lectures and discussions covering wines and spirits of the world are designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world and their commercial importance. Successful candidates receive WSET Level 3 Award in Wines certificate. The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, and examination. Postage is not included. Course Fee: $895
WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines
This is a specialist qualification where detailed knowledge is combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The qualification will prepare those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of trade and industry sectors. The WSET Diploma aims to provide specialist product knowledge and understanding of the global and domestic markets for wines and spirits and develop a candidate’s ability to present information in a format suitable for business.