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PRESS RELEASE: MWWine School Expands Access to Wine Education in SLO County

Updated: Jul 7, 2023


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The MWWine School is now an approved program provider for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in SLO County; WSET® Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Award in Wines certification classes, perfect for wine and food professionals and wine enthusiasts, start in August at Broken Earth Winery


Paso Robles, CA– June 29, 2023 -- The MWWine School is now an Approved Program Provider for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certifications in San Luis Obispo County and will be offering WSET® Level 1, 2 and 3 Award in Wines classes, live and in person, at Broken Earth Winery in Paso Robles starting in August 2023. The WSET courses are among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world and are ideal for beginners, connoisseurs, and wine and food industry professionals.


“I have been passionate about the Paso Robles wine region for decades and am so proud to have taught WSET classes here, since 2018, to over 300 students. Now, with the MWWine School named a WSET Approved Program Provider in San Luis Obispo County, I am looking forward to further broadening access to wine knowledge for the region’s community of industry professionals and wine enthusiasts,” said Melanie Webber DipWSET, Director of The MWWine School.


The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines class will take place Tuesday, August 15th, with WSET Level 2 Award in Wines taking place Monday, August 7th, Tuesday, August 8th and Monday, August 14th. The classes offer foundational principles for wine tasting, and wine and food pairing, as well as key knowledge about winemaking, viticulture, and the wine regions of the world. WSET Level 3 Award in Wines will take place November 27th, November 28th,December 4th, December 5th, and December 11th, with the exam on January 15th 2024.


Classes will be taught by MWWine School Director Melanie Webber DipWSET, a WSET certified wine educator. Melanie holds the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits, as well as the Wine Scholar Guild’s (WSG) French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar certifications. Melanie previously taught WSET Levels 1-3 Award in Wines in Paso Robles through the course provider, The Wine House, helping hundreds of wine lovers and industry professionals – from winemakers, to chefs to tasting room personnel – achieve their WSET certifications. She also teaches WSET classes in Asheville, North Carolina and will be joining The Wine Studies program as an instructor at College of the Canyons in the fall. The MWWine School is also an approved program provider for the WSG’s Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses.


The Classes


WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. Students will explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, as well as learning food and wine pairing, wine service and etiquette. It includes tasting of 10 wines and food pairing exercises. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. Click here for more information and to register.


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is for individuals seeking a core understanding of a wide range of wines. This qualification explores the major grape varieties of the world and the regions in which they are grown. Through a combination of tasting and theory, students will explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence. The course includes tastings of over 30 wines. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level 2 Award in Wines. Click here for more information and to register.


WSET Level 3 Award in Wines provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making and is ideal for individuals who want to delve deeply into the world of wines. The course covers wines of the world in-depth (35+ hours) and tastings of 70+ wines. Click here for more information and to register.


What some of Melanie’s Paso Robles students have to say:


“The curriculum for WSET’s world class certifications is top notch and rigorous, but Melanie makes it accessible, fun and engaging, all while ensuring a depth of understanding. Melanie’s classes are essential learning for anyone who is serious about expanding their wine education as well as for those who love wine, but also want to keep it real.” Neeta Mittal, founder and owner of LXV Wine in Paso Robles.


“My burning passion and desire to learn more about world wine led to classes, offered by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and an inspiring teacher/instructor named Melanie Webber. Thanks to Melanie’s natural and expert talents as a teacher, many of us succeeded in passing the beginner (Level 1), intermediate (Level 2) and more rigorous advanced (Level 3) awards in Wines.” Claire Westaway, Asst. Winemaker, RN Estate Vineyard & Winery.


WSET works with a network of over 800 Approved Program Providers around the world. The MWWine School is one of those and is rigorously checked to ensure that the highest standards of teaching required to enable students to pass their WSET qualifications are delivered. WSET courses offer the most complete learning opportunity – from basic level to very advanced – available anywhere in the U.S. -- ENDS --


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MWWine School is on a mission to help wine professionals and wine enthusiasts increase their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the wines of the world. Dedicated to sharing the joy of wine discovery with a ‘no-snobs-allowed’ approach, MWWine School helps students find, develop and broaden their wine palates in a systematic, dynamic, and fun way. By offering some of the industry’s – and the world’s – most respected and most rewarding certification courses, MWWine School brings greater knowledge, tasting discipline and perspective about the constantly evolving wine universe to the wine industry. With the goal of enhancing the wine experience of wine enthusiasts, wine professionals, food and wine service personnel and, by extension, their customers, MWWine School offers wine certification classes, tasting workshops and wine seminars in Paso Robles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Asheville, NC and virtually across the wine-a-verse. MWWine School is a WSET Approved Program Provider in Asheville, NC and San Luis Obispo County, CA. It is also a Wine Scholar Guild Approved Program Provider for Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certification curriculums.


About the WSET:

WSET (the Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications. Set up in 1969, and recognised by the awarding body Ofqual, we have awarded nearly one million individuals with a qualification since our inception. The courses are open to both industry professionals and interested enthusiasts who can take them across four levels, from one-day beginner to expert level diploma. Available in more than 15 languages and over 70 countries, our qualifications have a strong reputation worldwide as the industry standard for knowledge. In the last academic year (2021/22) more than 115,000 candidates sat for a WSET qualification. Follow us on Twitter @WSETglobal



Media contact:

Elizabeth Johnson, elizabeth(at)mwebbcom(dot)com, 213-713-4865

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