WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine

Event Info:

  • Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • 09:00am - 10:00am
  • The Westin Georgetown
  • Washington, D.C.
  • $475.00 (plus tax)


- Students should have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English.

- The course is based around a 5-week structured online program with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

- The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. The Capital Wine School will mail students the current WSET study materials for this course.

- This will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible; web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled; Adobe Reader XI or equivalent; Internet access (broadband recommended)

The WSET Level 2: Award in Wines & Spirits (On-Line Course)

Description: 5 class on-line series plus exam. The course begins Saturday, June 9 and runs for five weeks.

Week I:
Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery. Discover how to decode and understand labels.
Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.
Week II:
Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main white grape varieties and the regions producing them. Key white grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. Other White Grape Varieties: Albariño, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Viognier. Other White Wines: Muscadet, Soave, Gavi.
Week III:
Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main black grape varieties and the regions producing them. Key black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz. Other black grape varieties: Aglianico, Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel/ Primitivo. Other red wines: Douro, Valpolicella.
Week IV:
Learn about the various methods for making Sparkling, Sweet and Fortified Wine, the resulting wine styles and the regions producing them.
Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully.
Week V:
Study the main styles of spirits Revision & Examination Preparation
Exam – Sunday, July 22, 9:00-10:00am (At Westin Georgetown Hotel)

Course Pricing & Registration:


The Foundation Program costs $475 (plus tax) for the teaching, exam and all course materials per person.

Contact Jay Youmans of The Capital Wine School for further information., 202-792-5020,


Jay Youmans
Capital Wine School | Master of Wine, CWE, WSET, FWS