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A Holiday Wine Refresher - WSET Level 1!

Just in time for the year-end holidays, ramp up your wine game with a great introduction to a wonderful world of wine. Level 1  is a "foundation course" that is ideal for everyone who loves wine and wants to understand it better. This full-day course focuses 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. 

Who is this class for?

This class is the ideal place to hone your wine sensibility, whether your interest in wine is as an occasional consumer hoping to demystify a wine list when you go out to dinner, or a culinary professional looking to expand your wine knowledge beyond the basics that are part of culinary training. It's a full-day course that includes tasting 14 world-class wines from Vintage Champagne to classic still wines from France, Italy Spain, Australia and the United States (among others!).

The WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) is considered one of, if not the, most prestigious routes to wine education available. I will be leading several courses in Chicago in 2019 Fine Vintage, Ltd, the most comprehensive WSET provider in North America - including this one-day Level 1 course at City Winery on December 9, 2018 that covers the fundamentals of wine - how it's made, and how to find wines you will love. And of course, after this introduction, Level 2 awaits! 

The course concludes with an exam that, when passed, provides you with a Level 1 Certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Increasingly, restaurants, importers and distributors want their representatives to have a verifiable certification of their interest in and knowledge of wine. There is no more respected, nor globally recognized, certification than that from WSET.

I'll have 14 wines waiting for you to taste. This prepares you for the Level 2 program we also offer at City Winery, if you want to pursue an in-depth exploration of great wine. Remember, you may register for Level 2 even before you have your Level 1 certification.