Laithwaite’s provides WSET courses 1, 2 and 3, including L1 Sake (Reading, Gloucester & off-site courses by arrangement)
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (£95)
Obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification in just 1 day!
This course provides a general introduction to wine, including how to recognise wine styles, key grape varieties and classic wines, guidance on how to match food with wine, storage and service of wine, and recording of tasting notes.
Just a note to thank you so much for a fascinating, entertaining, informative and fun day - with a continual assault on the senses of delicious flavours and aromas! We all enjoyed ourselves very much indeed. An absolutely excellent day, perfectly balanced and perfectly managed. Bravo" - Chris & Alison Hall
New! - WSET Level 1 Award in Sake (£95)
A great opportunity to learn about this dynamic and fascinating subject.
By the end of the course, not only will you know how to taste this delicious beverage, but you’ll also understand how sake it is made and its most important labelling terms – even in Japanese!
The course will include:
7 Sake’s of various styles to try and taste (including our favourite!)
How to serve and taste sake, the key categories and how to match sake with food
Key labelling terms in Japanese Kanji
Next available course dates:
Theale: Saturday 2nd March 2019
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits (£295)
This course introduces you to a spectrum of wines from across the world - some familiar, and some less so. Spirits are also addressed, albeit to a lesser extent.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
Account for the differences in the main styles of wines.
Describe the main international grape varieties.
Decipher the style of a wine through an understanding of different labelling terms.
Apply basic principles of food and wine matching.
Provide advice on service and storage of wines (this element of the course is particularly useful for those within the restaurant trade).
There will typically be 7 samples per session, allowing you to taste a diverse and broad range of wines.
This course runs across 8 weeks, with an additional week or two for revision before taking a final exam comprising 50 multiple choice questions. (These additional weeks are flexible).
"The classroom education provided by was outstanding. By the end of our training I felt completely prepared for the WSET test, and am happy to state I passed with distinction. I am currently studying for the Advanced Level test and am looking forward to achieving the next level's certification." - Kyle Ferari
WSET Level 2 Spirits (£295)
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the theory behind spirits, or how to balance the perfect cocktail – then this is the course for you. You’ll learn about all the key spirits categories, how they're made and what they taste like. An interesting, interactive learning programme featuring online recap quizzes, tutored tasting and cocktail making!
The course will cover:
How production methods affect the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs
The characteristics of the principal international categories
How to taste and describe a wide range of different spirits
The key concepts and equipment behind bartending
How to create classic cocktails
There will typically be 7 samples per session, allowing you to taste a diverse and broad range of spirits.
This course runs across 7 weeks, with an additional week or two for revision before taking a final exam comprising 50 multiple choice questions. (These additional weeks are flexible).
"I wanted to learn about how Spirits are distilled and how to mix a highball, a spirit forward, a sour or a Collins cocktail for friends; the course certainly did not disappoint. Course delivery comprised an interesting combination of interactive learning and practical elements. The group cocktail mixing sessions were a particularly enjoyable.” – Tony House
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (£450)
The core theme for Level 3 is the link between the Natural and Human factors and how they influence a wine’s price, quality and style. Level 3 is all about the WHY.
This course runs over 4 months with typically an extra few weeks of revision before a final exam. The exam comprises a written answer test, a multiple choice paper, and a practical tasting with a written assessment of 2 wines.
"Attending the WSET Advanced level course at Laithwaites Wine has been an amazing experience. The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and conveyed a wealth of information in a fun and relaxed environment. It was also a wonderful opportunity to taste a vast array of the best wines that Laithwaites Wine has to offer. Highly recommended!" - Jennifer Bengtsson, Reading
"Having not been in a classroom for 20 years or so it was really refreshing to be gaining knowledge in a relaxed and enjoyable environment which you created. We never expected Level 3 to live up to the previous year, but it did, and the couple of hours we spent in the classroom were again one ofthe highlights of our week." - Mark and Clare Hamilton, Gloucestershire
Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more