Due to popular demand, we've added another Level 1 course to our Chicago roster. This is a full-day "foundation course" that is ideal for everyone who loves wine and wants to understand it better. We focus on learning the art of wine tasting (including demystifying the vocabulary you might have once found daunting), pairing food and wine, and exploring the characteristics of the major grape varieties with intensive exercises. We also delve into grape growing and winemaking, and serving and cellaring wine - everything you need to know to increase your enjoyment and your confidence about wine. And best of all, we are featuring the all-new 2018 curriculum just released by WSET.
An important benefit of the Level 1 class is the opportunity to have an introduction to WSET's much-admired systematic approach to wine tasting and evaluation. Prepare to be amazed at the skills you will develop through the day's guided tastings of 16 wines. This approach is expanded on in Levels 2 and Level 3, so this is a fine place to build a framework for tasting and, better still, for sharing your impressions of wine. In this course, you will sample wines made from the same grape but two different regions to compare not only taste but regional style.
For more information on the Level 1 Award in Wine course, click here to go to a full course description. You can register for the course directly with Fine Vintage, Ltd. from that webpage. One caveat is in order: if you want to take this class, you are well-advised to sign up as early as possible - the September 29 course filled up two months ahead of time! It's easy to put things off, but registering early gives you time to receive all your materials and to prepare for the class. We have an extensive online version of the text you can read before you come to class and then I provide a hard copy in the class on which you can make notes and keep in your wine library. So, read up and then come to perfect your tasting techniques! I'll have 16 wines waiting for you to taste (some of them are in the photo above, taken at a recent Level 1 course). And this prepares you for the Level 2 program we also offer at City Winery Chicago in November. Remember, you may register for Level 2 even before you have your Level 1 certification in hand.