Advanced Wine Appreciation - Perfect for ‘Wine Enthusiasts’

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Course overview

This course builds on the knowledge and tasting skills acquired from the Introductory Wine Appreciation Course and continues with a clear focus on developing effective tasting technique.  Successful students will be able to describe the production methods and organoleptic characteristics of a broad range of high-quality wines and spirits from around the world.

The course will be hosted jointly by Dr Karen Hyde AIWS (Diploma in Wine & Spirits) and Mr Michael Palij, Master of Wine.

Who it is for?

Entry requirements:

Candidates must be over 18 or have obtained parental consent. Students should either have attended the WineMatters Introductory Wine Appreciation course or hold the WSET Intermediate level 2 or be able to demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or have sufficient experience in the wine and spirit industry.

The Advanced course is considerably more difficult than the Introductory level and candidates are reminded that a significant amount of home study is required.

 WSET Advanced certificate examination:

Candidates need to successfully complete 2 papers: a theory examination of 50 multiple choice questions and five short answer questions (1 hour 45 mins), plus a blind tasting examination of two wines (30 mins).

Students showing exceptional talent may be awarded a Distinction, and the top students are invited to a viva voce examination held annually in London.  This qualification is accredited at Level 3 in the UK National Qualifications Framework. The WSET issues certificates directly to those who pass the examination.

Course programme:

To make a booking:

Please complete the booking form and send your deposit (or full course fee) as soon as possible.

The balance of the course fee will be payable 4 weeks before the course starts. If the booking is made within 4 weeks of the course start then payment will be required in full to guarantee your place on the course.

WineMatters’ policy on deposits is that if you have to withdraw, the deposit will be refunded until 4 weeks before the course begins - at which point the deposit becomes non-refundable.  If the course has to be cancelled for any reason, the deposit will be refunded or transferred to the next course.

Advanced Course


Courses for wine enthusiasts who wish to develop their wine tasting skills in a friendly, informal setting.  To Educate and Inspire.

To contact WineMatters, please e-mail Dr Karen Hyde, AIWS or telephone 07855-026734
For Diploma related enquiries please contact
Mr Michael Palij, Master of Wine or telephone 01993-882440