Updates to Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits
Exciting things are fermenting at WSET!
This is the last year students will be able to sit for the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits certifications. We will continue to offer these courses in-person throughout the year, with the last course available December 14-15, 2019. After this time frame, the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits will be completely replaced with the new certification, Level 2 Award in Wines. Students will be unable to study for the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, and sit for the Level 2 Award in Wines exam. Only students who have successfully completed the Level 2 in Wines & Spirits exam will be able to use the spirits designation. Students wishing to pursue spirits qualifications will be able to sit for dedicated WSET Spirit qualifications.
Currently, the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits focuses on: production methods of wines and spirits, factors influencing style and quality of wines and spirits, grape varieties, important wine and spirit producing regions of the world, key categories of spirits and liquors, food and wine pairing and labeling terminology. The new Level 2 Award in Wines will focus on grape varieties, climactic and wine making influences, how these impact the style and quality of wines from key regions, and food and wine pairing, with no coverage of spirits. The course will require the same amount of learning hours, and exam time: 16 hours of guided learning with a WSET course provider, either in person or online, and a recommended 11 hours of personal study time. The exam will be a one-hour, written exam.
For those looking to obtain the Level 2 qualification, this is the time! This will be the final year to obtain the dual certification.
We are very excited to see the new Level 2 curriculum, but we will sure miss the spirits portion of the course. This might be just the excuse we needed to try some rare spirit examples in class! We hope to see you in one of our last dual courses, registration is available online at www.wineacademylv.com. Advanced registration is required, and we recommend registering as soon as possible in order to allow yourself extra time with the material before the course and exam.
Here's to your wine education journey!
-The Wine Academy of Las Vegas Team