Whether you work in the hospitality industry and want to formalise your knowledge of wines, or you’re a wine buff who loves a complex white wine, a dry Italian wine, or a drop of the best Pinot Noir in Australia, you might be interested in doing a wine course in Sydney or Melbourne.
How a wine course can benefit you
A course in wine appreciation, wine knowledge or wine service might be just what you need to kick-start a new career or enhance your current career in the wine or hospitality fields. For instance, if you work in a restaurant, you may often be asked which wine is best suited to a particular dish, and you need that knowledge to offer your customers. Likewise, if you work in wine retail, you need knowledge about wines to advise your customers, or to conduct wine-tasting events.
If wine is just a personal love and interest for you, then a wine course is something you will enjoy, and that will give you the knowledge to better select wines for special occasions, or just to enjoy with dinner. You’ll be able to select the right food to match with a dry Italian wine, a full-bodied Shiraz, or a crisp Riesling, for example.
Courses for Melbourne and Sydney wine lovers run regularly. There are some commencing in July, so you’d better be quick if you want to attend those!
Wine course in Sydney
The Sydney Wine Academy Sommelier Wine Knowledge and Service course starts on July 20. This course includes:
- Discussions on Australian wine styles and basic wine production.
- Implementation of appropriate tasting conditions.
- Identifying key wine styles and grape varieties, using sensory evaluation.
- Identifying wine faults.
- Communication on wine styles.
- Food and wine matching.
- The role of wine service and the sommelier.
This course runs for nine weeks, and is held at the Northern Sydney Institute in Blaxland Road at Ryde. For more information, contact the Sydney Wine Academy on (02) 9448 6369.
Melbourne wine course
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 course commences on July 13 in Melbourne. As there are no prerequisites for the course, it could suit anyone with a basic knowledge of and appreciation for wine, as well as those who are professionals working in the wine industry.
The course content includes:
- Wine tasting and storage.
- Wine and food matching.
- Factors influencing wine style and quality.
- Understanding wine labels.
- Wine types – including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Grenache, sparkling, fortified and others.
This is an eight-week course which will be followed up with an exam in early September. It will be held at the Melbourne Supper Club, at 161 Spring Street in Melbourne. For more information, call (03) 9654 6657.
Make a start on your wine career by pursuing a course in wine appreciation and knowledge!
During the year there will also be other WSET courses held around Australia. Check out Sommeliers Australia for more information.