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! All courses are taught by Lindsay Pomeroy a Master of Wine (MW).
Through blind tasting + deepening your perspective on the world of wine
In this next-level course, your palate will dramatically transform (and you likely not even recognize it). Expect to become the smartest wine person in your social circle as many will seek your wine advice recognizing that you actually know what you're talking about. As a result, you very likely could change your daily wine preferences completely as your palate expands.
This level is where you gain palate proficiency by learning to answer the question "so what?" Our approach to teaching level 3 is to get you thinking about "the why" and "the how" not just "the what." Great, so you can list soils or rivers in a region. So what? How does that impact the quality, style, price of the wines from that region? We teach you to connect the theoretical aspect of wine to the glass. How does the climate in Burgundy affect the winemaking? How is this different in California, for example? How do you taste that? It is this level where you will learn the art of blind tasting and gain proficiency in determining the quality, current age, and future age potential of a wine. You will walk away with an advanced level palate and a solid tasting perspective over different wine-making techniques in addition to the main grapes and wine regions around the world.
Finally, the Level 3 exam that you'll be preparing for contains 2 parts. Part 1 is a theory exam of 50 multiple choice questions + 4 short-answer questions. Part 2 is a blind tasting exam of 2 wines.
So, what are you waiting for? Let's go!
Learn how to blind taste for quality and age potential by gaining accuracy in your flavor and structure calls and learning how to put it all together.
Deeply understand how grapes growing and winemaking affects the style, quality, and price of wines, answering the "So What?"
Gain a global palateas we discuss and taste wines most all wine regions around the world.
Learn how to identify global grapes and regions, like Burgundy, Barolo and gain useful markers to help you in your tasting.
Sparkling, Sweet and Fortified wines are also explored in depth.
WSET Level 3 San Diego
In-person classes will take place at Big Hammer Wines
Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27,
Nov 3, 10, 17, Wed Nov 30.
Exam Mon Dec 12th
**Previous student discount of $1300 (full price is $1450) is all-inclusive (instruction, books, the exam, and tasting of 70+ wines).
You will be redirected to Neptune School of Wine when you enroll.