Here’s everything you need to know about getting your qualification in wines and spirits in the UAE.
What is WSET?
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in the UK back in 1969 and is the official course provider globally for anyone looking to either get into the industry or simply better their wine tasting skills.
Do they offer a WSET wine course in Dubai?
Yes! Thanks to The Tasting Class, WSET is now available up to level three in Dubai (for level four/Diploma level, you’ll have to hop across the pond back to the UK).
Should I do level one or two WSET?
You can skip level one if you have equivalent training or already know your stuff, but I would highly recommend level one – a nice introduction to wine and principal grape varieties – before tackling level two.
What do the courses entail?
A lot of studying, I’ll say that much! Level two alone requires 16 hours of classroom time (where you taste 40 wines over three weeks), plus 28 hours of study time, which, trust me, you’ll need. In just one day we studied about Syrah, Grenche, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvingon, Merlot, Sauvingon Blanc, Gamay, Tempranillo, Douro, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Valpolicella, Montepulciano, Aglianico, Primitivo, Pinotage, Carmenère and Malbec – all of which you have to remember the different regions they’re grown in, which wine is made from which grape, the soils they’re planted in, and the quality and characteristic of each grape. It’s a lot to remember, and if you have a full time job, you seriously have to be motivated to work under your own steam.
How do I sign up to a WSET wine course in Dubai?
You can book your spot via The Tasting Class.
What do you receive if you pass?
Aside from bragging rights, you receive a nice shiny certificate and the ability to order wine in a restaurant without feeling like a noob.
How much does WSET cost?
Level one’ll cost you Dhs1,680 and level two set me back Dhs3,675.
I haven’t quite mentally prepared myself for level three, so make sure you watch this space.