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Online WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

The course is based around a 5-week structured online programme with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.

Phillywine will provide the current WSET study materials for this course. In addition, we will provide access to the WebEx broadcasts of our face-to-face classes, either live (if the face-to-face class and online course dates correspond) or via video recording.

The course prepares the students for the Level 2 Wines and Spirits exam and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognize the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.

Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Week 1: Factors Influencing Style, Quality and Price; Tasting Technique

Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery. Discover how to decode and understand labels. Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Week 2: White Grape Varieties

Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main white grape varieties and the regions producing them. Key white grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. Other White Grape Varieties: Albariño, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Viognier. Other White Wines: Muscadet, Soave, Gavi.

Week 3: Black Grape Varieties

Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main black grape varieties and the regions producing them. Key black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz. Other black grape varieties: Aglianico, Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel/ Primitivo. Other red wines: Douro, Valpolicella.

Week 4: Sparkling Wines; Sweet and Fortified Wines; Food and Wine Pairing

Learn about the various methods for making Sparkling, Sweet and Fortified Wine, the resulting wine styles and the regions producing them. Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully.

Week 5: Spirits and Liqueurs; Revision

Study the main styles of spirits; Review the material to prepare for the exam.

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