WSET Certification Classes
On a Mission to Help You
Find Your Wine Palate
Melanie has been teaching wine certification for the past three years, helping hundreds of wine industry professionals achieve their certification, including winery owners, winemakers, chefs, tasting room managers and personnel, as well as those shifting their career paths into wine. She holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, the French Wine Scholar with Honors from the French Wine Society and has passed WSET’s rigorous Educator Training Program, certifying her to teach WSET L1, L2 and L3. Melanie directs The Wine House WSET APP satellite program in Paso Robles, and also teaches in Los Angeles. See below for current classes.
UPCOMING WSET CLASSES & OTHER TRAININGS
WSET classes are offered through the Paso Robles, California satellite of The Wine House WSET APP
WSET Level One Award in Wines
Perfect for Tasting Room and Restaurant Service Professionals, and Wine Enthusiasts
Coming to Paso Tuesday, March 14th: Course & Exam - 9:30am – 5:00pm
A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings, as well as wine service and etiquette.
The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a suggested prerequisite for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course. The WSET L1 Award is a 6-hour course and includes an exam with 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes, printed study guide, tasting of 10 wines, food pairing exercises, and exam fee. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin for the internationally-recognized WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. Link to course specification. Link to register.
WSET Level Two Award in Wines
A Deeper Dive into Wine Styles and Regions, Winemaking and Wine Tasting
Coming to Paso:
Monday/Tuesday March 6th & 7th: Part One & Two - 9:30am - 5:00pm
Monday, March 13th: Part Three & Exam - 9:30am - 5:00pm
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, you’ll 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.
It is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry. The qualification is suitable wherever a good level of product knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course is also appropriate for those not employed in the drinks industry but who want a serious education in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. Link to course specification. Link to register.
WSET Level Three Award in Wines
An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for serious wine enthusiasts.
Coming to Paso Spring 2023. Date is TBD.
For individuals seeking to delve deeply into the world of wines. Provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Open to students with WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, or who can demonstrate knowledge at an Intermediate level through the completion of equivalent education courses, or who have sufficient wine trade experience. The course covers wines of the world in – depth (35+ hours) and tastings of 70+ wines. This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom time. Link to course specification. Link to register and for more information.
Restaurant / Wine Bar Personnel
I am happy to come into your establishment to train your staff for a one day educational event including wine basics, service and food and wine pairing, or for an onsite one day WSET certification class for your staff (12 person minimum).
Melanie’s passion for wine shines through her teaching. I was in her WSET Level Two and Level Three Award in Wine classes and, combined, we tasted over 120 wines from around the world, many of which simply are not available in Paso. This has been a truly extraordinary wine journey which, coupled with Melanie’s tasting analysis, has broadened my palate.
The curriculum for WSET’s world class certifications is top notch and rigorous, but Melanie makes the learning 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.
Founder & Owner, LXV Wine
I was sixteen years old when I had one of those 'ah-ha' moments,..in that instant, making a decision to one day become a certified sommelier.
Cut to years/decades later, never having relinquished that dream, yet having been on a different career track, found myself in the wine industry in Paso Robles, California.
The burning passion and desire to learn more about World Wine led to classes, offered by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET.) and an inspiring teacher/instructor named Melanie Webber, DipWSET/FWS.
Thanks to Melanie's natural and expert talents as a teacher, many of us succeeded in passing the Beginning, Intermediate and the somewhat more rigorous Advanced Level of Award in Wines.
Melanie takes the dense and highly complex subject of World Wine and breaks it down in to an approachable and interesting format. She presents the material with transitions between the evaluative and systematic approach to wine tasting, the theory components and visual tools. Melanie engages the students with questions on critical areas of study and this interactive participation promotes faster learning.
Melanie Webber's patience, encouragement, humor and dedication combined with her passion and enthusiasm for wine education set her apart as a teacher of the highest caliber.
I am immensely grateful to have had the fortune to be one of her students.
RN ESTATE Vineyard & Winery