WSET and Wine Scholar Guild Classes
Offered by the Wine House

Level One – Foundation In Wines
A 6 Hours day course to introduce consumers to the world of wine. This entry-level course teaches the basics of wine in a friendly format specially designed for those with no previous wine knowledge. Ideal for consumers or those new to wine, the Foundation Course focuses on the main styles of wines available, tasting technique, wine and food pairing as well as wine service and etiquette. The class consists of a session of 6 hours that concludes with a short 30 questions multiple-choice exam of 45 minutes. Successful candidates receive the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines.
Level Two – Intermediate Certificate in Wine and Spirits
The Intermediate Certificate is the ideal starting level for those with little knowledge of wine, or those who have depth of knowledge regarding particular types of wine but lack a true breadth of knowledge of all the world’s wines. This program enables students to interpret wine and spirits labels, explain the fundamentals of wine-tasting, become familiar with the world’s major wine regions and their principal wines, and share basic advice on wine selection and service. This course involves 18 hours of instruction. The exam is a one-hour multiple-choice exam. Passing rate :55%. The Intermediate exam is also available in Spanish.
Who it is aimed at:
People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages. Wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits.
Entry Requirements:
Students who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in California will NOT be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course, but this is NOT a barrier for successfully completing the qualification.
Level Three – Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits
The Advanced Certificate is the appropriate course for those who already have a broad foundation of wine knowledge–including wine labeling laws, appellation systems, major wine-producing regions, and grape types–and are experienced in tasting technique. It covers the major wine regions of the world in more depth than the Intermediate Certificate, and includes more detailed study of viticulture and vinification. This course enables students to describe the characteristics of the principal wines and spirits of the world and to explain the key factors accounting for those characteristics.
The course involves 32 hours of instruction.
Advanced Certificate is MANDATORY to apply for the Level 4-Diploma course.
Level Four – WSET Diploma
The Level 4 Diploma is the WSET’s flagship qualification. It is designed to give specialist knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. Candidates are required to hold the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. The Diploma is viewed universally as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine qualification.
The Wine House is one of the few Diploma Approved Program Providers in the USA. Since 2011, we have been accepting one intake of students per year, normally in late spring or summer, in small groups of 16 to 20 students.
For more information please read the full specification of the course:
WSET Level One in Sake
Instructed by Toshio Ueno, SSI WSET Certified Sake Educator, Certified Master Sake & Shochu Sommelier.
This course is ideal for consumers or those new to sake with the focus on:
Main sake ingredients
Main production steps
Principal categories and grades of sake
Specialty styles of sake
Controlled production steps
Japanese labelling terms
Storage and service
Common faults/How to taste Sake
Principles of food and sake pairing
Social and health issues

The class consists of a session of 6 hours that concludes with a short 30-question multiple-choice exam of 45 minutes. No prerequisites are required to register for this course.
The WSET L1 Award in Sake includes: 6 tuition hours by Master Sake Sommelier (SSI Japan) Toshio Ueno, printed study guide, tasting of 8 sakes, exam fee, certificate and lapel pin to successful candidates.

Entry Requirements:
The Advanced Certificate is open to students who already hold the WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate or can demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent education courses or sufficient wine trade experience.
How to gain the qualification:
You must successfully complete:
Exam 1 (Theory) – 1 hour and 45 mts.
A multiple choice paper of 50 questions
A question paper requiring short written answers.
Exam 2 (Tasting) – 30 mts.
Blind tasting of two wines.
Qualification Objective:
Provide a core knowledge of the wide range of wines and spirits around the world to equip those in a supervisory capacity with the authority and confidence to make informed decisions in a wide variety of trade situations.
Who it is aimed at:
People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries in a supervisory capacity, needing core information to advise management and customers with authority and make informed selections of wines and spirits.
Wine connoisseurs who wish to learn about wines and spirits in a rigorous and structured manner.

WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework, and the education courses leading to WSET qualifications are an invaluable source of information for students to enhance their knowledge of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are not a guarantee of employment or career progression, nor do they form part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK.

Wine Scholar Guild – French Wine Scholar Certification
Offered by the Wine House

wine scholar guild french wine scholar program logoThe French Wine Scholar program is a U.S. industry-endorsed and Wines of France/French National Wine Office-endorsed wine study program for trade. Wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum on the wines of France and pass the exam, earn the resume-building French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.
About the class:
-Our course offers an in-depth study of France’s eight major wine regions -We will focus on each appellation’s distinct terroir by examining climate, soil, varietal, viticulture & wine-making techniques. -We will reinforce our learning by tasting and analyzing a diverse selection of wines from each region–over three dozen in all! -We will explore the important role history has played in shaping the development of the wines we taste today.
The course involves 22 hours of instruction.
The course is open to all levels.
How to gain the qualification:
The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75.
Qualification Objective:
Provide an advanced level of knowledge of the wines and appellations of France, the wine world’s most significant and complex region.
Who it is aimed at:
People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries in a supervisory capacity, needing core information to advise management and customers with authority and make informed selections of wines and spirits
Wine connoisseurs who wish to learn about wines and spirits in a rigorous and structured manner.