Core Wine Courses & Certification Questions


Hi there!

I’m interested in the Core Wine courses, with the certification, but have a few questions.

1) How much prior knowledge is needed prior to enrolling? I’m a wine novice, so would want to know if I’d be in over my head.
2) How much time outside of class is generally required for study?
3) I’m assuming buying wines outside of class will be required for study, about how much can one expect to spend for this?

Thank you so much for your time!

Rachel Rairdin

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Hi Rachel,

Thanks for your questions.

It’s not important to have any prior knowledge of wine to join the Core program. We have people of all ages and backgrounds who attend, so I don’t think you would feel out of place.

The Core program is an intense course of study. You should expect to spend at least 1 hour studying each week.

As far as purchasing wine, that is entirely up to you. Some students purchase similar wines that we have in class, but it’s not a requirement. If you are diligent and stay on top of the course material you should have no problem passing the examinations at the end of the semester.

Please let me know if I can answer anything else!


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