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THE WINE GUILD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM is pleased to offer an Introductory One Day Course in wine appreciation and tasting, alongside basic wine service, designed primarily for young front of house staff in the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom.
The course will:
Introduce the concepts behind wine and wine–making
Explain the different types of wine, how they are made and their key features
Tutor good tasting technique and how to identify acidity, sweetness, tannins and flavours
Identify main producing regions
Explain impact of ‘New World’ on modern wine production
Explain how to ‘read’ wine labels
Give guidance on good storage, handling and service of wine
Explain temperatures for service of wine
Review handling and care of glassware and wine service equipment
Consider contents of wine lists and how these may differ by venue
Introduce basic elements of wine and food matching
Address faults in wines and ‘problems’ which are not faults
Raise awareness of the law and regulation of wine sales
The course will include practical tasting sessions looking at white, red and rosé still wines, sparkling wine and touching on sweet and fortified wines, as well as equipment typically used for wine service.
The focus of the course is on encouraging participants to ask questions and understand not just what happens but why, making it easier to gain understanding and insights which will encourage further exploration of wine and improvement of wine service.
The tutors for this course are drawn from experts on the Wine Guild’s panel, which includes Masters of Wine, sommeliers, and people with years of experience of tutoring wine appreciation and as leaders in the hospitality industry and front of house service.
Course cost: £200 per person.
Thanks to generous support from The Lord Forte Foundation, the Wine Guild is pleased to offer bursaries of £90 per participant for staff in the hospitality industry in the age range 18-25.
Places available: Central London :
Contact: Pauline Jackson, Secretary to Wine Guild: [email protected]
The Wine Guild would also be pleased to discuss running courses at venues outside London, and is seeking hospitality partners who in return for providing the venue and wines from their own list can send up to ten participants (under 25) on the course without charge.
WSET LEVEL 2
It’s the most illustrative way to learn about wine with around 30-35 wines tasted. We teach the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting which gives a thorough grounding in the principles of tasting.Food & Wine Matching
Taking students beyond received wisdom to a real understanding of why and how flavours and textures work together.Labels
Guiding students through the sometimes baffling and opaque information presented on a label giving clarity on what to expect to find inside the bottle.How wine is made
Learn about winemaking and all the other contributing factors to the finished style, quality and price of the wine.The major grape varieties
We look at all the important international and many regionally important varieties, both white and black grapes.
White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscadet, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano and Verdicchio.
Black: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo & Zinfandel.
Although wine is now produced in several other countries we focus on these to provide clarity, culturally and historically, as they are still the key suppliers of wine in both volume and value. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa.Notes
The course is 16 hours usually spread over 3 days (with revision & the exam on the final day) with a recommended 12 hours of private study in addition. The more study you can complete in preparation for the course the more you will gain from the classroom hours. A pack will be sent to you with a course book, a study guide and a laminated tasting guide – you’ll soon see why it’s laminated!
At the end of the final day there will be a one hour exam with 50 multiple choice questions. The pass level is 55%… if you’re successful – believe – you will receive a certificate, which you can frame for the office or the water closet, and a lapel pin to wear with pride.
When booked through the F&BMA you will receive a 20% discount (selected dates only).
Interested then contact [email protected] for further details.