Sparkling Wine Tasting Course - May 2021

Sparkling Wine Tasting Course - May 2021

SKU: SPSpring2021

All prices include VAT.



Sun 16th May

Sun 23rd May

Sun 30th May


3 sessions x 1.5 hours = 4.5 hours

Activity booklet time = 10 hours

9 x samples (sourced by the student)

3-Wine marked mock


I have developed online courses for wine tasting and calibration.


The format is particularly suited for those studying for the WSET Diploma in Wine and uses the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) and builds the analysis skills needed to pass the tasting element of the qualification. The course not only focuses on the key varieties/wines but also strongly on the questions that can be asked and the examination technique you need to succeed.

I have developed and adapted this course carefully to make the most of the online environment and have taught over one hundred students in the last academic year alone (you can see some student reviews here). 

Online sessions take place over a number of days in the lead-up to the key WSET examination dates alongside a significant programme of self-study. The online environment provides methodical skills development with greater time for reflection and feedback.

Sparkling Wine Samples

We will provide a list of wines for a helper to source for you that can be used on the course. Using a helper will mean that these can be blind samples for you. 


This course will 

  • Perfect your examination technique for the WSET Diploma tasting examinations

  • Calibrate your palate to the WSET standard 

  • Teach you how to formulate distinction-level conclusions for the three units - Still, Fortified and Sparkling


How the Courses are run

We send you an activity document for each course. This document is a combination of guided self-study and homework tasks that need to be sent back to Jim for marking. 


It is best to complete the activities before the first Zoom session but it can also can be completed during the duration of the course. 


There are also Zoom sessions that last 1.5 hours each. During these sessions wines will be tasted and reviewed which will help fine-tune your calibration, thorough in-class discussions and activities will  consolidate your learning and further build your examination technique skills. 

The final session will be a three-wine mock exam which Jim will mark and send back with feedback.

You will communicate with Jim and other students on a WhatsApp group to allow not only the whole class to collaborate but also for questions to be asked and answered quickly. We have found this interaction increases the ability to work together as a group both in and out of the course.


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