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(WSET300)Introduction to Wines of the World

Course code

WSET300

Level

3

Credits

2.0

Estimated hours

20.0

The aim of the course is for successful candidates to be able to interpret the labels of the major wines and spirits of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the key influences on wine types and styles; identify and describe the characteristics of identified still, sparkling and fortified wines; state how to store, select and serve still, sparkling and fortified wines; identify the key methods of production for international spirits and describe the styles of identified spirits.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the factors that influence wine style.
  • Describe the characteristics of the principal grape varieties used in still wine production and the style and quality of wines produced from these grapes in the key wine producing countries and regions of the world.
  • Describe the style and quality of both still wines made from regionally important grape varieties and other regionally important named wines made in the key wine producing countries of the world.
  • Outline the methods used in the production of sparkling wines and describe the style of these wines produced in the key wine producing countries of the world.
  • Outline the methods used in the production of sweet and fortified wines and describe the style of these wines produced in the key wine producing countries of the world.
  • Outline the key principles and methods used in the production of the principal categories of international spirits and describe the styles of the spirits produced.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process and principles involved in the storage, selection and service of wine.