About the Course

Who It’s For:

Wine lovers, both consumer-level and those entering the wine or hospitality trade who have limited wine knowledge.

Level 1 is optional. Those who already feel comfortable around wine may begin studying at Level 2.

Is Online Learning Right For Me?:

Before enrolling in an online course, consider the following –

Successful online students are those who value flexibility in their learning schedule, but who also understand that this requires more self-discipline and self-guided learning. Comfortability with technology, the ability to communicate well in writing, taking initiative to contact your moderator if you have questions or concerns, and participating actively in group discussion and chat activities are all musts in order to get the most from your online learning experience.

What You’ll Learn:

The main styles and types of wine, the characteristics of the primary wine grape varieties, wine service and tasting technique and the legal and health issues surrounding wine and service. You’ll learn how to analyze wines and why they do or don’t pair well with the primary elements in food.

Online Course Format:

Online. A 4-week, 6-module online self-study program with a recommendation of 1.3 hours of online activities and textbook study per week.

You have 1 week to study each module and you may access the content — including online discussions, moderating educator chats, and feedback — 24/7. You can catch up on activities as your schedule permits, as there are no set meeting times.  You’ll study under the moderating support of one of International Wine Center’s experienced educators, who is on hand to review assignments, answer questions and guide you for the duration of the course.

You’re advised to taste various wines during your studies. These wines are purchased by you, at your expense, from a list of recommended tasting samples. You can post your tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by your moderating IWC educator.

Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential.

Exam Format:

Your exam will take place via secure remote online proctoring on a specific day and time. You need to take your exam in a private environment of your choice using a desktop or laptop computer AND your cell phone.

Technical Requirements:

Students will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or smartphone or tablet with one of these browsers:

  • Chrome 80 and 81
  • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended releases are not supported*)
  • Edge 80 and 81
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

Registration Requirements

  • 21 years of age

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What You'll Achieve

  • The ability to select and serve wines with greater confidence.
  • An understanding of the main types and styles of wine available.
  • Basic knowledge of proper wine storage and service.
  • Understanding and experience in the core principles of food-and-wine pairing.
  • An understanding of the issues relating to the safe consumption of wine.
  • Successful candidates receive the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine.

This course is a non-occupational course. Non-occupational courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student’s acquisition of occupational skills. 

About the Exam

45 minute exam consisting of 30 multiple choice questions. Your exam will take place via secure remote online proctoring on a specific day and time. You need to take your exam in a private environment of your choice using a desktop or laptop computer AND your cell phone. Further details are available here.

You may reschedule your exam date with three week’s notice to info@internationalwinecenter.com. You may schedule an in-person paper exam in NYC by withdrawing from your scheduled remote exam with three weeks prior notice and requesting an alternate exam format and date.

Exam Rescheduling Information

Course Materials

The WSET Level  Wines study guide will be part of your online study content.

Study Guide: An Introduction to Wine

Course Materials

How Much Does It Cost?

Registration Fee: $14

Exam: $85

Tuition: $140

Total: $239

Your online study materials are included in the price of the course.

How Do I Sign Up?

  1. Choose a class date that works for you. You can View Dates by clicking the button to the right, or browse available dates and times by going to the Registration section.
  2. After choosing the date that’s best for you, complete the required Enrollment Agreement, to streamline your registration process.
  3. Click the Register button. (If you have not yet completed the Enrollment Agreement, you can complete it during the registration process.)

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