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WSET 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 came across The Wine Smarties and soon learned more about Lindsay, her approach to teaching and programs with the WSET. After taking Lindsay's classes, I began my search for a job to accelerate my knowledge of wine 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 Certification Courses

The Wine Smarties presents the first internationally recognized wine certification program in San Diego as overseen by Neptune School of Wine. The Wine Smarties is the approved San Diego satellite of Neptune School of Wine, a WSET Approved Program Provider. The Wine & Spirit 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 47 countries in 13 languages and teaches an astonishing 21,000 students every 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

Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits

The WSET Intermediate Certificate 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 Intermediate Certificate Level 2 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.

 

Course Program

  • 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 Intermediate class series. We are now enrolling for Spring 2014!

 

Level 2 Class Session at Protocol Wine Studio in San Diego: ENROLLING FOR THE SPRING 2014 SESSION!

Classes meet on Mondays from 6-9:30pm for 5 weeks.
Class Dates: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 9, Exam June 16th


Intermediate Course Pricing

The Intermediate Certification costs $810 for the teaching, all course materials, and the exam. 10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person and early bird enrollees.

Group Rates Available for 4+ people.

 

The WSET Level 3

Advanced Certificate 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.

 

Course Programme

  • 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

Advanced Course Level 3 Schedule

Level 3 Class Session in San Diego: ENROLLING FOR SPRING 2014

Classes meet on Sundays from 10am-3pm for eight weeks.
Class dates: April 13, 27, May 4, 18, June 1, 8, 22, 29 Exam July 20th.

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.


The WSET Professional Certificate in Spirits

Professional Certificate in Spirits

The WSET Professional Certificate in Spirits is intended to provide a thorough knowledge of spirits and liqueurs to underpin job skills and competencies, for example, in customer service and sales in the hospitality, retail, wholesale, and spirits sectors of the industry.

The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the industry but have a serious interest in spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

The Professional Certificate in Spirits covers the history, production, and styles of principal spirits and liqueurs of the world. Each session will include a comparative product tasting. The examination is a 1 hour multiple choice exam. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838.

Spirits Course Program

  • Production of spirits and liqueurs
  • The market for spirits and liqueurs
  • Service of spirits and liqueurs
  • Brandy
  • Whiskies
  • Gin and other flavored spirits
  • Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Liqueurs

Spirits Course Schedule

Below are the dates for the Spirits class series. DATES TO BE DETERMINED!

Spirits Course Pricing

The Spirits Certification costs $810 for the teaching, books, exam and all course materials. 10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person.

 

How to Enroll

For further information and to enroll, contact Lindsay Pomeroy 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.