I’m all about learning. I have the rooted reputation of a nerd and an ever-growing list of “Skills to Learn” on my phone. If that’s not proof enough, I don’t know what is. Obviously, wine is at the very top of that list. “Know your wine.” That’s what the list entry says, but knowing my wine means I have to Google and save a long list of wine courses and wine books to help me acquire and perfect that skill.
The very first wine course I meant to take was the WSET Level 1. In fact, that’s not just a “course”. This course involves studying and passing an exam in order to receive a certification. But it was more of a “one day soon” goal rather than a “next paycheck” thing. Why? Because, up until recently, I had to find an Approved Program Provider abroad assigned by the WSET Global and travel in order to sit for the exam.
Happily, my plans have changed all thanks to Château Ksara, who have recently announced that they are now Approved Program Providers by the WSET Global. This means that they are allowed to give the WSET courses and host the exams right here in Lebanon. As a result, they graciously contacted and presented me with the WSET Level 1 session that took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Sagesse University – Lausanne, Faculty of Hospitality Management in Achrafieh, taught and monitored by Matthew Stubbs, Master of Wine.
Just a side note, I’m taking a few minutes to brag a bit, mkay?? Skip along if you’re not interested in hearing me squeal…
I passed the WSET Level 1 exam with a full 100 points! I’m also officially in love with my cute pin. I’ll probably continue on with the next levels just to have the full set.
I think many of you are wondering at this point, “what exactly is this WSET?”
The WSET, or Wine & Spirits Education Trust, provides and develops high-quality education and trainings in wines & spirits. This organization has grown into the #1 global provider of wines & spirits education and examination. The WSET offers four different qualifications: WSET Levels 1, 2 & 3 Awards i.e. certifications, and WSET Level 4 Diploma, which is universally viewed as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification.
So, do you work in the wine industry, or are you just starting out? Or are you simply a wine enthusiast and wish to pursue this interest?
Then the WSET Level 1 and 2 are for you! Château Ksara will be regularly organizing one session of each level. The next session will take place in June. Also, they will be organizing a WSET Level 3 session once a year, available only for WSET Level 2 holders as per the WSET requirements.
In case you are interested in exploring this amazing new offering by Château Ksara and respected universal qualification, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply contact me on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – and I would gladly discuss this with you, guide you, and talk about my personal experience!