Refining Your Palate with WSET Level 3


  • The Biltmore Hotel 1200 Anastasia Avenue Coral Gables, FL, 33134 United States

Taking Your Love of Wine to the Next Level

Whether you are a wine professional or a serious wine consumer there is no replacement for the solid educational foundation provided by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. WSET is the most highly regarded source of a broad wine education available to the wine professional as well as the serious consumer, and this course, officially titled "Level 3 Award in Wines" leads to one of the most prized certifications in the wine world.

A New Edition Of A Classic Course

WSET revised the Level Three course materials for 2017, so we embark with a terrific new text and a new course program that includes the latest research on viticulture, wine regions and more. The new edition of the textbook is a beautifully written and very informative guide to the nuances of wine appreciation.

Each class day involves tasting, evaluating and comparing great wines and spirits

Each class day involves tasting, evaluating and comparing great wines and spirits

The course goes into significant detail about grape growing, winemaking, and maturation, and then tours the world region by region. And of course, it includes extensive coaching in the foundation of the WSET approach, the acclaimed systematic tasting method that gives you a solid framework for evaluating and describing any wine you encounter. And while much of the course is about wine, there is an extensive module on spirits as well.

Over the three weekends of the course (October 14 & 15, October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29) we will taste 100 wines. Each day includes a period devoted to preparation for the certification exam at the end of day six - your gateway to the coveted Level 3 Award in Wines. Some WSET providers try to pack all the information in Level 3 into just four days, offering fewer wines and fewer opportunities to perfect your tasting method as a result. Since the exam includes a tasting module, you will want as much coaching on your tasting skills as possible. At Fine Vintage, we don't believe you can really understand all the material, nor can you be fully prepared for the exam, with so few wines and so little class time. We believe gaining a full understanding of Level Three takes three weekends, and we have a pass rate higher than 85% to support our belief. We invite you to join us for a remarkable and rewarding educational and tasting experience, and really learn the WSET approach.

What Level Three Means

At the end of Fine Vintage's Level Three course, you will be fully prepared for the exam (given the last two and a half hours of day six), and be able to:

  • Understand the effect of location and identify the key factors influencing viticultural practice 
  • Identify the key options available for vinification, maturation and bottling 
  • Understand the legal requirements for labeling 
  • Identify the key wine producing regions and districts of the principal wine producing countries of the world and, where appropriate, the important communes 
  • Identify the key factors and characteristics influencing the style, quality and price of the wines 
  • Understand the social, health and safety issues relating to the consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Identify common faults and the possible causes 
  • Offer recommendations on sale and service 
  • Understand the principles of food and wine matching 

For more details about what Level Three entails visit the Fine Vintage, Ltd website here. You can also download a sample wine log that illustrates the extremely high level of wines we taste during the six days of the course. At Fine Vintage we believe it is essential to taste great wines to understand all the nuances we trace in the course.

Your Guides to Understanding Level Three

Lyn Farmer is the lead instructor for South Florida

Lyn Farmer is the lead instructor for South Florida

This course in Miami brings together two instructors with extensive experience in the wine trade, Lyn Farmer and James Cluer, MW.

Lyn Farmer is the lead educator in for Fine Vintage, Ltd (North America's leading provider of WSET courses and the 2011 WSET Educator of the Year) in Miami and Chicago. A James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer and an educator for more than two decades, Lyn brings a unique passion and enthusiasm to his classes and provides a dual perspective as both a consumer and a wine trade professional. (You can read more about Lyn's background here).

James Cluer, MW joins Lyn Farmer in Miami for WSET Level 3 in October, 2017

James Cluer, MW joins Lyn Farmer in Miami for WSET Level 3 in October, 2017

James Cluer, MW, is, as that post-nominal indicates, a Master of Wine as well as the founder of Fine Vintage, Ltd. With his extensive background in the wine industry, James brings an international perspective to his teaching. He is in great demand as a vineyard and winery consultant and, as a speaker, he is blessed with an easy-going manner that makes even the most technical information approachable. James has 22 years of experience in the wine trade, having worked at wineries in Bordeaux, Australia, Napa Valley and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Today, he is the general manager of two wineries, leads tours to many of the world's great wine regions and teaches whenever he has a spare moment! We are particularly happy to have James joining Lyn for part of this Level Three course in Miami. We believe a crucial part of gaining tasting expertise is being exposed to the tasting methods of more than one instructor.

With these two passionate wine lovers as your guides, you will take your love of wine to the next level...and meet some terrific people in the process. Our Level Three classes generally consist of equal numbers of enthusiastic amateurs and dedicated wine professionals, including wine brand ambassadors, journalists, sommeliers, importers and distributors.

To register for WSET Level Three in Miami with Fine Vintage, Ltd., we encourage you to book early. We keep the class size small to facilitate discussion, but some preparation is necessary. It is highly recommended you read through the textbook before coming to the first class. Once you register your place will be held, and well before class begins you will receive the 2017 edition of the WSET Level Three textbook, workbook, course guide and tasting grid. You can register online quickly and easily right here.

Once the seats for the course are booked, we must close registration, so be sure to register early, and invite a friend! This will be a great class and a rewarding wine experience that will lead to your gaining the coveted WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. The Level 3 course will be conducted at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.