WSET Award in Wines and Spirits Courses

Neptune School of Wine presents the first internationally recognized wine certification program in San Diego as taught by Lindsay Pomeroy, Master of Wine through the WSET. The Wine Smarties is the approved San Diego satellite of Neptune School of Wine, a WSET Approved Program Provider. The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 in London, England to promote, provide and develop high quality education and training in wines, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages for those already in or already in or intending to join the trade and enthusiastic consumers throughout the world. Since it's inception, WSET has grown into the leading and most recognized educational program in the alcoholic beverage beverage industry worldwide. Currently, the program is available in over 70 countries in 19 languages and taught an astonishing 72,171 students last year.

The WSET courses are ideal for wine and spirits enthusiasts, professionals, or those interested in entering the industry. For professionals and consumers alike, the WSET provides an easy to understand, professional approach to learning about each wine region in a comprehensive way. You will also learn how to systematically taste wines in a way that sets you apart. Its certifications are internationally recognized credentials that can be applied throughout the wine industry, not just to specific segments such as restaurants. If you wish to pursue the Master of Wine accreditation, WSET serves as an acknowledged feeder program to prepare you for that pursuit.

As the San Diego County approved Satellite and student of Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier, Neptune School of Wine, Lindsay Pomeroy of The Wine Smarties is the first person in the San Diego County to offer such an esteemed certification. This is very exciting for San Diego County. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838: Neptune School of Wine.


The WSET Level 2

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the beverage industry.

The level 2 is designed for those who have little to no previous knowledge of wines and spirits. The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the industry but have a serious interest in wine or spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

The Level 2 Certification course covers the wines and spirits of the world and is followed by a one-hour multiple choice examination. The course is divided into roughly 50% wine tasting and we taste over 45 wines in the series. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838.

Level 2 Course Program Overview

  • Level 2 systematic Approach to Tasting and food and wine matching
  • Grape growing and wine making
  • Key wine and spirit producing regions
  • Key grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache
  • Sparkling and sweet wine
  • Fortified wines plus spirits and liqueur

Level 2 Course Schedule

Below are the dates for the Level 2 class series.

Level 2 Class Session at
Wine Sellar and Brasserie in San Diego: ENROLLING FOR THE FALL 2018 SESSION!

Classes meet on Mondays from 6-9:30pm.

Class Dates: October 15, 22, 29 & November 12, 19, Exam December 3

Level 2 Class Session at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula: Coming soon, please email for more information.

Level 2 Course Pricing

The Level 2 Certification costs $810 for the teaching, all course materials, and the exam. 

10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person.

Group Rates $640 per person Available for 4+ people. Please email for more information.

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*Please note- all pricing below includes 3% paypal transaction Fee*

The WSET Level 3

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

The WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines and spirits and is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or sufficient experience in the wine and spirit industry.

This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at level 2. All sessions include tastings.

The Advanced Certificate is a unitized course, covering wines and spirits of the world in considerable depth, and students are required to prove competency in theory and tasting. The examination for the Advanced Certificate is in 2 parts: a theory exam of 50 multiple choice questions and 4 short-answer questions, plus a tasting examination consisting of a blind tasting of 2 wines. All course materials, program syllabus, examinations and registration are overseen by Peter Neptune of Neptune School of wine, WSET CENTRE 838.

Level 3 Course Program

  • Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Viticulture and Vinification
  • France 1: Bordeaux and South-West France
  • France 2: Burgundy and Alsace
  • Loire, Rhone and South of France
  • Germany, Austria, Hungary, UK
  • Italy, Spain, Portugal
  • Eastern Europe, New Zealand and South Africa
  • The Americas, Australia
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified Wines
  • Spirits and Liquers

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits Schedule

Level 3 Class Session in San Diego: ENROLLING FOR FALL 2018.

Classes meet on Sundays from 10am-3pm for eight weeks.

Class dates: Oct 21, 28, Nov 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, Jan 6, 13, Exam Feb 3

The Advanced Certification costs $1390 for the teaching and all course materials. There is a flat $150 discount passed onto students who have taken the level 2 program from me. 10% booking discounts if you enroll with at least one other person.

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For further information or to Enroll, contact Lindsay Pomeroy by email or phone (619-955-8884).

The Wine Smarties WSET Program is overseen by Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier and DWS, of Neptune School of Wine.

**We are a venue of Neptune School of Wine and not an affiliated partner.