What it’s really like to take the WSET Level 2 course

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) is a mecca for anyone who wants to know more about vino, but what is it really like to go to wine school? Edith Hancock takes one for the team.

I will not pretend to be a complete novice in the world of wine. We grow Pinot Noir (with mixed success) in the back garden at my family home in Essex, and I’ve been reluctantly helping with the harvest for the past six years.

I’m no Robert Parker, though. I am more of a beer drinker, and until recently I had stubbornly shut my ears to wine appreciation. Nothing would make my blood boil more than hearing someone at the dinner table compare the smell of a glass to licking a tennis ball.

But earlier this year, I secured a reporting role in the drinks industry, so it was time to see what all the fuss is about.

In October, I applied for a WSET Level Two Award with the East London Wine School. The curriculum was spread across three Sundays, starting from 10:30am – 5:30pm.

One online form and £360 later, I was registered. Within a week I was sent an email telling me that my application had been accepted. I was going to wine school.

So, without further ado, here’s what I learned when I took the WSET’s Level two course.

Note: This is not a sponsored article. We weren’t invited to review the WSET. This was funded by the author and is a frank look at the course. 

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