• Manchester WSET Level 3 Award, 2018

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    Announcing our Manchester WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 2018

    Northern Wine School is pleased to announce that we will be holding Manchester WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines in Autumn 2018.

    For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.

    Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

    WSET Manchester, Level 3 Awards in Wines

    WSET Manchester, Level 3 Awards in Wines

    Who is it for?

    This an in-depth and well-structured course for those who wish to gain a comprehensive knowledge of wines. You will be helped to understand the factors that influence style, quality and price of wines from the major wine producers of the world. If you are an employer our Manchester WSET Level 3 Course will give your staff the knowledge and confidence they need to move your business forward. 

    Key Points

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      Students will learn analytical tasting skills, tasting over 80 wines
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      Level 2 wines is essential before tackling Level 3
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      There is a blind tasting element in the exam. One white, and one red wine
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      Multi-choice questions and short written sections in the exam

    What You'll Learn

    The key factors in the production of wine: Location, grape growing, wine making, maturation and bottling.

    How these key factors influence still, sparkling and fortified wines.

    How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality.

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  • Vital Tips For Multiple Choice Exams

    What is a Multi-Choice Test?

    A multiple choice exam is a list of questions from which students are asked to pick out the correct answer. The set of options will usually include 3 or 4 wrong answers. Sometimes you will be asked to choose "true or false".

    Levels 1 and 2 exams consist entirely of these sorts of questions. This may seem easier ( being given the answer) but it does mean there is a much broader coverage of the subject.

    Here are our 10 tips to help you succeed

    • Make sure you read the question carefully before you look at the answer
    • Try to think of an answer before you look at the choices
    • Read every choice before you choose
    • Reject any answer you know is wrong
    • Mark your answer carefully and clearly. These tests are often machine marked
    • Answer each question. Do not leave any unanswered there is no penalty
    • If you don't know the answer, take a guess
    • Don't change your mind. Trust your first intincts. Research shows this is best
    • Research also shows a positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one
    • Usually the choice with the most information is correct

    Key Point

    These tips will help but the best way to do well in the exam is to study carefully. Begin your revision early and take practice tests.
    Good luck-but if you follow this advice you shouldn't need it!
  • Wine Tasting Manchester-Essential Guide Part 2 WSET Courses

    Wine Tasting Manchester-Essential Guide Part 2 WSET Professional Courses

    Our wine tasting Manchester posts would not be complete without taking a close look at our WSET Awards. WSET stands for Wine and Spirit Education Trust in case you don't know. If you are not familiar with these world renowned qualifications you may not realise that wine tasting technique and the chance to taste a wide range of wines (or spirits) are a very important component of these awards.

    Why You Should Consider WSET Awards

    Taking a WSET accredited course is a fantastic way to improve your appreciation of wine, and will be really helpful to anyone starting out on a career in the drinks business. If you are looking to establish your credibility as an existing worker in the wine and spirits business or you just want to challenge yourself and have fun at the same time, these courses are for you. The chance to taste lots of different wines (about 8 on Level 1 over 40 on Level 2!) is a very important and enjoyable part of your Manchester wine tasting experience.

    The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts.

    WSET Courses Offered by Northern Wine School

    We offer one-day beginner (Level 1) courses in wines and also spirits. Beyond that we provide more advanced awards which involve substantial wine tasting at our Manchester courses, and in-depth study by students. (Levels 2 and 3 in wines and spirits)

    Sign up to our newsletter or better still become a free member of our WSET section of the website.

    WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

    Wine tasting Manchester-WSET level 1 wines

    This one day course will give you a basic introduction to wine. You will also get an insight into basic food and wine matching. It will suit the keen beginner as well as boosting the confidence of new or inexperienced staff in the wine and spirits industry.

    To gain the qualification you must pass the test at the end of the day-a multiple choice paper of 30 questions.

    Find full details of Level 1 wines on our dedicated page here.

    WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

    Also a one day course which will give you a basic introduction to spirits. You will get an insight into the production and distillation of the major spirits of the world. It will suit the keen beginner as well as boosting the confidence of new or inexperienced front line staff in bars, hotels and restaurants.

    To gain the qualification you must pass the test at the end of the day-a multiple choice paper of 30 questions.

    Find full details of Level 1 spirits on our dedicated page-scroll to bottom of page.

    WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

    Wine tasting Manchester-WSET Level 2 wines and spirits

    This is a three day course held over successive Sundays. It will appeal to those enthusiasts who want to gain more in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits. The award will also provide a good basic grounding to anyone employed in the drinks and hospitality industries.

    The course goes into the details of how wine is made, key grape varieties and major wine producing regions. An essential part of the course is food and wine pairing, label terms and how to taste wine systematically. Currently the study of spirits and liqueurs is included in this course.

    To achieve this internationally recognised wines and spirits award, you must pass a multiple choice paper of 50 questions. This is taken at the end of the last day.

    Find full details of Level 2 Wines and Spirits on our dedicated page.

    WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

    Wine tasting Manchester-WSET Level 2 Spirits
    A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring spirits and liqueurs for those working in the industry or spirits enthusiasts.

    This is a three day course held over successive Sundays. It will appeal to those enthusiasts who want to gain more in-depth knowledge of spirits. The award will also provide an excellent grounding to anyone employed in the drinks and hospitality industries, especially bars, pubs and cocktail bars.

    This course covers spirits production and the tasting of spirits, including fruit, grain, sugar cane and agave spirits. You will also study and taste flavoured spirits and liqueurs. Classic cocktails and the preparing of drinks and cocktails has been included as well.

    Students will taste at least 30 spirits and liqueurs over the three weeks.

    To achieve this internationally recognised spirits award, you must pass a multiple choice paper of 50 questions. This is taken at the end of the last day.

    Find full details of Level 2 Spirits on our dedicated page. Scroll to bottom of page

    WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

    Wine tasting Manchester-WSET Level 3 Wines
    An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

    Normally this is a five week course consisting of five full Sundays. It is for those of you seeking deeper detailed understanding of the world of wine. The wine tasting Manchester element of this course is even more rigorous and involves tasting 50-60 wines including sparkling and fortified.

    The exam consists of a two hour theory paper of two parts. The first part is 50 multiple choice question, with the second part made up of short written answers to four questions. The written answers are worth 25 marks each. There is also a blind tasting exam of two wines.

    This Level 3 Manchester wine tasting WSET course is coming soon (early 2018).

    Sign up to our newsletter or better still become a free member of our WSET section of the website.

    Wine Tasting Manchester

    Remember- wine tasting Manchester at our WSET courses is a very important part of learning, over 40 wines and spirits are tasted for this Level 2 Wines and Spirits Award!

    See the WSET Qualifications Page here. There is a full description of every Award and specifications for you to download

    See Parts 1 and 3 of Our Series

    Wine Tasting Manchester Guide Part 1

    Wine Tasting Manchester Guide Part 3

  • WSET Level 2, What Wines Will You Taste?

    WSET Level 2, What Wines Will You Taste?

    We are often asked in WSET Level 2, what wines will you taste? Did you know nearly half Level 2 Wines and Spirits Course consists of tasting wines and spirits? WSET advises trying a total of 50 different samples. These consist of:

    • 38 wines-all the major grape varieties from across the world
    • Four sparkling wines including Champagne and Prosecco
    • Four sweet/fortified wines including Sauternes, Sherry and Port
    • Four spirits such as rum, gin and whisky

    The tasting of these will be divided evenly over the three sessions.

    You can see why you will need to use a spitoon!

    WSET Level 2, What Wines Will You Taste?

    WSET Level 2, What Wines Will You Taste? Some of the fine wines selected

    Just a (small!) sample of the 47 different wines and 4 spirits you get to sample on our WSET Level 2 Course.

    To help educate your palate, you need to taste a wide range of wines from the cheap and cheerful to the fine wine end of the market. This enables you to try a large number of wines in a short space of time, and calibrate your palate professionally. You can compare and contrast and come to recognise quality.

    This Includes some fantastic ones you may never have tried before, such as Tokaji, Premier Cru Chablis and Burgundies, Vouvray Demi Sec, a prestigious Californian Chardonnay and Zinfandel and a top quality New Zealand Pinot Noir from Central Otago.

    Whether you want to delve deeper into your love of wine or, are hoping to begin your career in the world of wines and spirits. Learn how to taste and assess like a professional, and gain an industry and UK government accredited qualification at the same time with Northern Wine School. Accredited teaching personally delivered by our WSET Diploma Certified founder, John Callow.

    To Find Out More about WSET Level 2

    Visit our page where you can find all details about achieving this sought-after award

    You can see more about these courses on this page.

  • WSET® Spirits Awards Manchester

    WSET® Spirits Awards Manchester

    WSET® Spirits Awards Manchester

    WSET® Spirits Awards Manchester

    Great news! You can now study for WSET® Spirits Awards Manchester with us.

    Level 1 Award in Spirits

    This award has recently been completely revamped.

    A beginner level introduction to spirits for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in spirits. It's a self contained one day course with an accompanying comprehensive workbook.

    Manchester spirits courses coming Autumn 2017

    For individuals new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

    Level 2 Award in Spirits

    New course to be released by WSET® in August 2017.

    A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring spirits and liqueurs for those working in the industry or spirits enthusiasts. This is a three full day course with the exam on the last day.

    For individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs, this qualification provides comprehensive training. You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories, while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

    Manchester spirits courses coming Autumn 2017

  • Congratulations Northern Wine School WSET Level 1 Students

    Congratulations Northern Wine School WSET Level 1 Students

    Congratulations All NWS WSET Level 1 Students

    Congratulations All NWS WSET Level 1 Students

    Congratulations Northern Wine School WSET Level 1 Students. All passed with flying colours after taking The Wine Awards Course on The 5th. March 2017.

    We're told that our Membership resources (these are FREE to ALL who register) helped enormously to aid their studies.

    Of course we agree, but it is interesting that the people who used the course material the most achieved the best marks! Coincidence?

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