“Grape to Grain” Classes & Experiences Give a Taste of Wine, Spirits & Sake Higher Education for the Beverage Curious
Since 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has overseen the education of drink enthusiasts and beverage professionals worldwide, offering globally recognized courses and qualifications through a network of Approved Program Providers (APP). In the United States, more than 40 APPs lead beginner-through-expert level classes on wine, spirits and sake in over 22 states, and to mark the growing interest in these subjects, WSET will host the first WSET Week USA nationwide the week of May 1-7, 2017. Showcasing “Grape to Grain” education across the country, WSET Week USA offers an opportunity for everyone from the “beverage curious” to the budding professional to dip their toe in the font of wine, spirits and sake knowledge and engage with the network of esteemed WSET educators and alumni across the USA.
How is bourbon made? What defines the different styles of sake? What makes the wines of Bordeaux so revered? These questions and many more are routinely answered by WSET educators. With the first WSET Week USA, Approved Program Providers will open their doors to anyone interested in these topics, to learn from WSET educators and alumni – many of whom have gone on to be leading beverage professionals in the USA. Reflecting the growing interest in drinks beyond wine WSET Week USA will provide a full calendar of experiences to explore the world of spirits and sake in addition to wine, both subjects that WSET has seen rise in popularity with double digit growth in USA candidate numbers last year.
The WSET Week USA Schedule
Nationwide “Grape to Grain” Education Experiences – Join in one of many activities from wine, spirits and sake tastings teaching you how to use WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting, to open house events giving a flavor of the suite of courses available, to live webinars with WSET certified educators. WSET Approved Program Providers across the country open their doors to the beverage world. Participating locations across the country (Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7). Visit the WSET Week USA event page or see addendum for full schedule.
- American Wine School IL, OH
- Atlanta Wine School GA
- Capital Wine School DC
- Florida Wine Academy FL
- Forum Food & Drink NY
- Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School CA
- Napa Valley Wine Academy CA, CO, FL, OH, TN
- Northwest Arkansas Community College AR
- Palate Partners IL, NY, PA
- Virginia Wine Academy VA
- Wine Institute New Orleans LA
“Grape to Grain” WSET Alumni Reception – Featuring speeches by Lisa Perrotti-Brown DipWSET, MW of Wine Advocate and International Wine Critic Robert Parker, Allen Katz of Southern Wine & Spirits and NY Distilling Company, and Maggie Campbell DipWSET of Privateer Rum, followed by a panel discussion led by WSET International Development Manager, David Wrigley DipWSET, MW, on the diversification of the ‘wine list’ i.e. how consumer preferences are challenging the drinks list, how drinking habits are changing, ‘cross-drinking’ and the impact of education for change-makers and influencers. Tuesday, May 2, City Winery, 115 Varick St., New York City. (WSET Diploma graduates only)
“Grape to Grain” WSET Blog Series (week-long) – Leaders in the USA wine and spirits industry will contribute Q&As that examine the trends in consumer beverage tastes and what is driving that interest, how Millennials are changing the way people approach wine, among other topics.
For full details on WSET Week USA, WSET courses or to find a local Approved Program Provider near you visit https://wsetglobal.com/