• THE CORK WINE SCHOOL

    The Cork Wine School was launched in 2010, it provides wine education classes for the people in the south of the country. With the unfortunate closure of the Wine Board of Ireland in the summer of 2009 there had been a void in the provision of wine education in Ireland as the Wine Board was the sole provider of WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Accredited courses in Ireland. Gary O’Donovan set up The Cork Wine School to provide people based in the south of the country with a means by which to learn about – and further their enjoyment of – the wonderful world of wine. Gary O’Donovan has over 15 years’ experience lecturing for the Wine Board of Ireland, and brings a wealth of knowledge of the wine industry and wine tasting and expertise.

    In addition to courses and qualifications for those in the ‘trade’, we have an increasing number of ‘consumers’, or enthusiasts, who attend courses. They may attend a course because of a wish to gain a formal qualification or simply a desire to enhance their knowledge of the ever-increasing variety of wines and spirits being produced in the world today.

  • COURSES

    WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

    Who Should Attend?

    This qualification was initially created for the front-of-house staff within the on-trade sector. It has grown into a course with global appeal, providing basic product knowledge to first time employees in the wine industry and the interested consumer alike.

    How Will You Benefit?

    The aim of the course is to give a basic introduction to wine followed by some basic food & winepairing.

    (Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 1 Award in wine lapel pin)

    Programme Outline

    • The main styles of wine
    • The WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
    • The characteristics of the common grape varieties used to produce wine
    • Service of wine
    • Health, safety and legal issues
    • The pairing of food and wine
    • To gain the qualification students need to successfully pass a multiple-choice paper of 30 questions

    Course Information

    For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification. Specification

    Cost: €199. Cost includes tuition, wines, full study pack, exam fee.
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  • WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

    Who Should Attend?

    This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. 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.

    How Will You Benefit?

    The aim of the course is to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world.
    (Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines lapel pin).

    Programme Outline

    • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
    • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape
      varieties:

      • Chardonnay
      • Pinot Grigio/Gris
      • Sauvignon Blanc
      • Riesling
      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Merlot
      • Pinot Noir
      • Syrah/Shiraz
    • The style and quality of wines:
      • Made from 22 regionally important grape varieties
      • Produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
    • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
      • Sparkling wines
      • Fortified wines
    • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
    • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
    • Principles of food and wine pairing

    Course Information

    For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification. Specification

    Cost: €449. Cost includes tuition, wines, full study pack, exam fee, set of 6 ISO tasting glasses.

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  • WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

    Who Should Attend?

    This qualification is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. It is recommended that students complete the Level 2 Award in Wines before progressing to the Level 3 Award.It is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification.

    How Will You Benefit?

    The aim of this course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality.
    (Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wine lapel pin)

    Programme Outline

    Unit 1
    • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
    • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal
      • Still wines of the world
      • Sparkling wines of the world
      • Fortified wines of the world
    • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality
    Unit 2
    • Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World
    • How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
    • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

    Course Information

    For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification. Specification

    Cost: €749. Cost includes tuition, wines, full study pack, exam fee, set of 6 ISO tasting glasses.

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