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PRESS RELEASE: Certification Classes for Wine/Food Professionals Return to Asheville in October

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

MWWine School, a course provider for the globally recognized WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), brings back WSET® Level 1 and 2 Award in Wines starting October 23rd and, for the first time, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in January 2024

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Asheville, NC – September 12, 2023 – MWWine School today announced new dates for WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award in Wines classes in Asheville, NC. The WSET certification courses are among the most prestigious wine industry qualifications in the world and are ideal for beginners, connoisseurs, and wine and food industry professionals. MWWine School, a course provider for WSET, launched WSET classes in Asheville in January 2023. Through WSET classes and tasting seminars produced in conjunction with The Asheville School of Wine, MWWine School has already helped nearly 100 Asheville wine lovers expand their wine knowledge, and wine industry professionals achieve their certifications.

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines class will take place on October 28th, with Level 2 taking place October 23rd, 24th, 25th (exam on the 27th in Asheville. 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. The more advanced WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, including the tasting of over 70 wines, will take place live and in person in Asheville on January 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, February 5th, and February 7th (exam) 2024, with virtual evening seminars January 17th and 24th .

Classes will be taught by MWWine School Director Melanie Webber DipWSET, who taught WSET Level 1 and 2 this January and May in Asheville. Melanie is a WSET certified wine educator who 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 was recently shortlisted in the 2023 Jancis Robinson Wine Writing Competition for an article that was written in, and inspired in part by, some of her Asheville wine students: Finding Wet Stone: Why My Favorite Wine Person is the Wine Student.


“My favorite wine people are my wine students and I have found that Asheville wine students are among the most enthusiastic I have ever taught,” said Webber. “With its wealth of wineries, award-winning restaurants and vibrant culinary and beverage community, it is a privilege and pleasure to be able to help further wine education in Asheville. WSET credentials are recognized and respected around the world, affirming the wine knowledge and expertise of those who have earned them.”


In addition to her Asheville classes, Melanie has also taught in Paso Robles and Los Angeles since 2018, helping hundreds of industry professionals – from winemakers, to chefs to tasting room personnel – and wine lovers achieve their WSET certifications. She is an adjunct instructor in Wine Studies at College of the Canyons and her MWWine School is an approved program provider for the WSG’s Spanish and French Wine Scholar courses.


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“My goal with my classes, which are live and in-person, is first and foremost to help students achieve their certifications, but also to make sure they have fun while building their wine expertise and to experience a broad range of wines from around the world to enhance and reinforce their learning,” continued Webber. MWWine School sources wines for Asheville classes from Metro Wines, which offers a comprehensive selection of wines from around the world.

The Classes

WSETLevel 1 Award in Wines banner with wine glasses

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 banner in vineyard

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 banner - sorting grapes

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. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Click here for more information and to register.

WSET works with a network of over 800 course providers from 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 advanced – available anywhere in the U.S.

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 an Approved Program Provider for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certifications in Asheville and in San Luis Obispo County. It is also a Wine Scholar Guild Approved Program Provider for Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certification curriculums.

The Asheville School of Wine was founded in 2014 by Gina Trippi, John Kerr, Kendal Klein, and Andy Hale at Metro Wines. The goal is to educate, inspire and encourage knowledge of wine in Asheville, and to help make it a worldwide culinary destination. ASW aims to provide the citizens of Asheville with the tools to become educated and knowledgeable consumers of wine, as well as giving the food and beverage professionals the skills to provide world class service and increase their tip percentages. Asheville School of Wine has partnered with MWWine School to expand their offerings, qualifications and curriculum.

About WSET:

WSET (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, the organization has awarded nearly one million individuals with a qualification since its 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, their 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 on Twitter @WSETglobal


Media contact:

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


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