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              Wine & Spirits


              Our wine and spirits programmes provide training with specific focus on a range of beverages. Courses range from introductory seminars, events and masterclasses to specialist certificates in wine and spirit knowledge.

              About WSET®

              The Wine & Spirit Education Trust was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.

              About Sake

              With proven experience in delivering quality culinary, hospitality and wine education, Le Cordon Bleu Japan is pleased to announce its new Japanese Sake programme. This course will cover a comprehensive range of topics from the cultural and historical origins, the brewing process, storage and handling, tasting and pairing. Students will gain a whole new appreciation of the many facets of the renowned national beverage of Japan.


              • WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines (QCF)

                This is an introductory qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. It is ideal for boosting the confidence of those people who are new to wine, or those seeking to enter the hospitality or wine trade. Taught in an interactive manner, this intensive one day program guides students through theoretical and practical learning activities. At the completion of the day, students will sit for the WSET Level 1.

                  Course Content
                • What is Wine?
                • Styles of Wine
                • Grape Varieties
                • Introduction to Wine Making
                • Introduction to WSET Systematic Wine Tasting
                • Wine Service & Professional Responsibility
                • Introduction to Food and Wine Matching
              • WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (QCF)

                This qualification focuses on key grape varieties grown around the world, the different styles of wine produced and the production of spirits and liqueurs.

                  Course Content
                • How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
                • Key white grape varieties
                • Key black grape varieties
                • Wine-producing regions of the world
                • Sparkling wines
                • Sweet wines and fortified wines
                • Spirits and liqueurs
                • Label terminology
                • Food and wine pairing
                • The WSET® Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting wine
              • WSET® Wine & Spirits Level 3 (English Exam)

                In WSET® Level 3, tasting skills are the focal point. Each lesson, students will taste between 8 to 13 wines from a certain country. Getting to intimately learn about the wines and spirits from around the globe, students will be able to identify their various styles and quality. Le Cordon Bleu's WSET® Level 3 sets aside quite a bit of time for French wines. All WSET® Level 3 courses follow the same curriculum and are offered in Japanese, but students can choose to take the final exam in Japanese or in English. Depending on the language of the exam, the certification obtained will be different. WSET® Level 3 in English is required for WSET® Level 4 (Wine and Spirits Diploma), so the English exam is reccomended for those electing to continue on.

                  Course Content
                • Introduction to Grapes
                • Tasting Technique
                • Viticulture and Wine Production
                • France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, USA, Chili, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand
                • Sparkling Wine
                • Spirits
                • Fortified Wine
                • Liqueur
              • Basic Sake Course

                The Le Cordon Bleu Basic Sake Course introduces students to the essentials of sake across a comprehensive range of topics from cultural and history, sake brewing and the practicalities of choosing, storing and serving a bottle of sake. Students will also learn tips on how sake can be appreciated with food.
                This course is ideal for enthusiasts and culinary professionals alike, who are seeking to take the first step into understanding sake. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive the Le Cordon Bleu Basic Certificate of Sake.

                  Key Topics:
                • Sake brewing
                • Sake history
                • Grades of sake
                • Sake labels
                • Service and storage
                • Food and sake
                • Sake tasting