The WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) courses are ideal for wine enthusiasts, trade professionals, or those interested in entering the industry. For professionals and consumers alike, the WSET courses provide an easy-to-understand, professional approach to learning about wine regions and wine styles in a comprehensive way. You will also learn how to systematically taste wines in a way that sets you apart as we taste through the main grapes around the world. Its certifications are globally recognized and respected.
NOTE: The Wine Smarties is the proud San Diego and Temecula satellite of Neptune School of Wine, WSET Approved Program Provider, Centre 838!
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For individuals new to wine, this level provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You'll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings.
Learn the Systematic Approach to Tasting and understand how to describe wine using the level 1 tasting grid.
Explore the main styles of wine like dry vs sweet, sparkling and fortified.
Learn about common wine grapes and their characteristics, like Chardonnay, Cabernet, Riesling, Syrah and more.
How to serve and store wine + principles of food and wine pairing are also explored.
WSET Level 1
Live one-day course and exam. Online option available too.
San Diego (Wine Sellar & Brasserie): Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm
February 6, 2022 (both course + exam)
Ramona (Ramona Ranch Winery): Friday, 10am-5pm
April 22nd (both course + exam)
$375 fee includes exam, books, and instruction and tasting wines in class. Online option $325 (excludes wines but list will be provided).
*Please note: the enrollment deadline to order your books + exams in time for either date is Friday, January 21st.
*You will be redirected to Neptune School of Wine when you enroll.
Group Rates Available for 4+ people for $325pp. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for discount code.
*Disclaimer: Due to Covid shutdowns it is possible these dates may change
The Wine Smarties is the proud San Diego and Temecula satellite of Neptune School of Wine, WSET Approved Program Provider, Centre 838! All courses are taught by Lindsay Pomeroy a Master of Wine (MW).
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Covid Safety Info
For the course held at Wine Sellar and Brasserie, I use either their outdoor covered patio (when warm enough) and/or their backroom which has 3 doors that open directly outdoors for airflow. I also kindly request mask-wearing unless actively tasting and I will space everyone out for comfort, unless you are part of a group. I also request people bring their own glassware so I don't have to wash them (2 glasses please). If you prefer the online option, please let me know that too! Thank you!.
For the Ramona course we will be outdoors in their tasting room with lots of airflow!
Some of our 5 Star Reviews
After taking the WSET course, I feel much more confident in social settings or in the company of wine gurus as I Now have a great foundation for understanding the various grapes and regions of the world
Absolutely amazing learning environment. She teaches with excitement and passion for wine. I highly recommend any of her courses to anyone in the industry or just wanted to know more about wine!!
Lindsey is extremely knowledgeable about wine, and she's pretty funny as well. The class was casual and fun, and of course involved lots of wine drinking, so it was a blast. Highly recommend.