Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Certification Courses

The Wine Smarties is the proud San Diego and Temecula satellite of Neptune School of Wine, WSET Approved Program Provider, Centre 838! All courses are taught by Lindsay Pomeroy a Master of Wine (MW).

Lindsay Pomeroy MW won the Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting for her MW exam in 2018. She also won the Wines of Austria Outstanding Achievement Award as all-around highest scorer for all parts of my MW exam combined in 2018.
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Why to Join the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET)

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WSET Graduates Testimonials

I think Lindsay did an awesome job of teaching the course curriculum. She is a fountain of knowledge.

Lindsay is very engaging and entertaining and makes the complicated material easier to learn. I would recommend the WSET to a friend especially with Lindsay as the instructor.

Lindsay is terrific because she makes everything fun! She has such a broad knowledge that she easily is able to create stories about what we are learning and tie it all in seamlessly.

The tastings were enormously helpful-and we tasted some pretty darn good stuff!

What a fabulous class! Not only did I learn a ton about wine in a very comfortable and welcoming setting, but I really met some phenominal people. So many thanks for introducing me to the world of wine. With the product knowledge and contacts through your class, I was able to secure my first position in the wine industry with a wine distributor-so two thumbs up!

Wanted to say thank you for the class. Last week I was at the French Gourmet, and the end of the “class” , he had a blind tasting, and to my surprise I was able to tell it it’s age, the grape varietal, and region. It was a 2005 Bordeaux. This was so cool for me, because before I took your class I new NOTHING about French wines and there is no way I would have known a Merlot was a Bordeaux, much less how to tell that a wine was young vs old. So again thank you!

When I began my research for where to receive the best education in wine, I thought I would have to drive up to L.A.. Luckily I learned more about Lindsay, her approach to teaching and programs with the WSET. After taking the WSET course, I began my search for a wine job to accelerate my knowledge and I entered the industry almost immediately. I was then better prepared to talk about, teach and sell wine. Lindsay is personable, helpful, very knowledgeable, and extremely passionate about helping people gain confidence in understanding the grand world of wine. Whether you are looking to join the industry or become an educated enthusiast, Lindsay is your best choice.

WSET Award in Wines and Spirits Courses

Neptune School of Wine presents the first internationally recognized wine certification program in San Diego as taught by Lindsay Pomeroy. The Wine Smarties is the approved San Diego satellite of Neptune School of Wine, a WSET Approved Program Provider. The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 in London, England to promote, provide and develop high quality education and training in wines, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages for those already in or already in or intending to join the trade and enthusiastic consumers throughout the world. Since it’s inception, WSET has grown into the leading and most recognized educational program in the alcoholic beverage beverage industry worldwide. Currently, the program is available in over 70 countries in 19 languages and taught an astonishing 72,171 students last year.

The WSET courses are ideal for wine and spirits enthusiasts, professionals, or those interested in entering the industry. For professionals and consumers alike, the WSET provides an easy to understand, professional approach to learning about each wine region in a comprehensive way. You will also learn how to systematically taste wines in a way that sets you apart. Its certifications are internationally recognized credentials that can be applied throughout the wine industry, not just to specific segments such as restaurants. If you wish to pursue the Master of Wine accreditation, WSET serves as an acknowledged feeder program to prepare you for that pursuit.

As the San Diego County approved Satellite and student of Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier, Neptune School of Wine, Lindsay Pomeroy of The Wine Smarties is the first person in the San Diego County to offer such an esteemed certification. This is very exciting for San Diego County. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838: Neptune School of Wine.

The WSET Level 2

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the beverage industry.

The level 2 is designed for those who have little to no previous knowledge of wines and spirits. The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the industry but have a serious interest in wine or spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

The Level 2 Certification course covers the wines and spirits of the world and is followed by a one-hour multiple choice examination. The course is divided into roughly 50% wine tasting and we taste over 45 wines in the series. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838.

Level 2 Course Program Overview

  • Level 2 systematic Approach to Tasting and food and wine matching
  • Grape growing and wine making
  • Key wine and spirit producing regions
  • Key grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache
  • Sparkling and sweet wine
  • Fortified wines plus spirits and liqueur

Level 2 Course Schedule

Below are the dates for the Level 2 class series. : ENROLLING FOR THE WINTER 2019 SESSION!

Level 2 Class Session at Wine Sellar and Brasserie

Classes meet on Mondays from 6-9:30pm:
Class Dates: January 28, February 11, 18, 25, March 11, Exam March 25th

Level 2 Class Session at Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula:

Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6-9:30pm
Class Dates: February 12, 26, March 12, 19, 26, Exam April 9th

Level 2 Course Pricing

The Level 2 Certification costs $830 for the teaching, all course materials, and the exam. 10% booking discounts ($752) if you enroll with at least one other person or early bird enrollees (before January 12th 2019).

Group Rates $640 per person Available for 4+ people.

How to Enroll
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NOTE:  For multiple enrollments or if the above button does not work please email [email protected].

The WSET Level 3

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

The WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines and spirits and is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or sufficient experience in the wine and spirit industry.

This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at level 2. All sessions include tastings.

The Advanced Certificate is a unitized course, covering wines and spirits of the world in considerable depth, and students are required to prove competency in theory and tasting. The examination for the Advanced Certificate is in 2 parts: a theory exam of 50 multiple choice questions and 4 short-answer questions, plus a tasting examination consisting of a blind tasting of 2 wines. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838.

Level 3 Course Program

  • Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Viticulture and Vinification
  • France 1: Bordeaux and South-West France
  • France 2: Burgundy and Alsace
  • Loire, Rhone and South of France
  • Germany, Austria, Hungary, UK
  • Italy, Spain, Portugal
  • Eastern Europe, New Zealand and South Africa
  • The Americas, Australia
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified Wines
  • Spirits and Liquers

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits Schedule. : ENROLLING FOR THE SPRING 2019 SESSION!

Level 3 Class Session in San Diego:

Classes meet on Sundays from 10am-3pm for eight weeks.
Class dates: March 31, April 7,14, 28, May 5, 19, June 2, 9, Exam June 23

Level 3 Class Session at Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula:

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6-10pm
Class Dates: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, Exam June 26

The Advanced Certification costs $1350 for the teaching and all course materials. There is a flat $150 discount passed onto students who have taken the level 2 program from me. 10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person.

How to Enroll

Enrollment is through Neptune School of Wine. You will be redirected to
Or contact [email protected] at 619-955-8884


For further information or to Enroll, contact Lindsay Pomeroy MW by email or phone (619-955-8884).

The Wine Smarties WSET Program is overseen by Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier and DWS, of Neptune School of Wine. Lindsay Pomeroy teaches all her courses and is a Master of Wine (MW).

**We are a venue of Neptune School of Wine and not an affiliated partner.

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