Intro. Class Thursday, September 2, 2021 Classes begin 9/12, 9/18, 9/26, 10/2, 10/10 Intro Class Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Class Times: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Review & Final Exam: 10/16 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Qualification Aims The WSET Level 2 Award In Wines
WSET Level 3 W&S, CWE, CSS, BIVC, Cicerone
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The Charm City Wine School would like to announce its 1st WSET L2 Awards In Wine Class starting in September 2021. This is a 7-week course that culminates in a 1-hour exam. Candidates that successfully pass this challenging exam can proudly use the post nominal WSET Level 2 Wines Certified in their email signatures and be recognized as wine professional in the wine industry. The Charm City Wine School is the only Approved Program Provider in Maryland, so call today to sign-up as these classes will fill up quickly!
WSET L2 Awards in Wine Schedule:
Thursday, September 2, 2021 / 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Zoom Introduction to Materials Class)
Sunday, September 12, 2021 / 2:00pm to 5:00pm (Live Classroom)
Saturday, September 18, 2021 / 2:00pm to 5:00pm (Live Classroom)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 / 2:00pm to 5:00pm (Live Classroom)
Saturday, October 2, 2021 / 2:00pm to 5:00 pm (Live Classroom)
Sunday, October 10, 2921 / 2:00PM to 5:00pm (Live Classroom)
Saturday, October 16, 2021 / 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Live Classroom)
Note: All classes are held at the following address:
Cindy’s Hot Shots
115 – C Holsum Way
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060
Cost for this class is $599
Who should sign up for WSET Certification Courses?
– Serious, dedicated professionals in the beverage industry,
– Food & beverage directors, Beverage managers, Restaurant managers, Sommeliers, Captains, Servers,
– Retail Owners, Retail manager, Retail sales employees
Benefits of certification courses
– Recognized as a industry professional
– In-depth knowledge of the worlds wines & spirits
– Certification upon successful completion of program
– Post nominals for business cards and email signatures
– Knowledgeable beverage professionals are better able to compete in the highly competitive beverage industry
– Enhanced credibility
– Beverage Professionals are in demand
– Higher salary potential & job satisfaction
Many people recognize the need for and independent and objective organization to validate their employees wine & spirit proficiency as measured against industry standards.
Tim O’Hare was born in Washington, D.C. and now resides in Towson, Maryland. He is married with two children and enjoys spending his off hours cooking, reading, gardening, and is passionate about baseball.
A graduate the Baltimore International Culinary College and was a former Salesman of the Year with Breakthru Beverage Group, which he’s been employed with for over 29 years. Has completed and passed the Certified Specialist of Wine exam, Certified Specialist of Spirits exam, and the Certified Wine Educators exam through the internationally recognized Society of Wine Educators. In October 2009 Tim became a Bordeaux Wine Trade Educator through the prestigious Bordeaux L’Ecole Du Vin.
In 2013 Tim completed the 3rd level of the Advance Program of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust with Merit. Also, Tim has previously been a judge in the Virginia’s Governors Cup Tasting that is associated with Jay Youmans, MW and the Capitol Wine School. Recently Tim attained the first and second levels of the Court of the Master Sommelier to become a Certified Sommelier and achieved his certification with the Cicerone Level 1 Beer Servers Program in 2018. This year Tim passed the WSET L3 Spirits program. Currently he’s studying for the Diploma Level for the WSET and will complete this program in 2022.
Presently Tim is the Director of Learning, Leadership & Sales Solutions for the Breakthru Beverage Group. In this role he assists in the development of multi level, multimedia, wine, spirit, and beer educational programs that are utilized in the 17 markets the Breakthru Beverage Group distributes alcohol beverages. In addition to these duties, Tim directs the sales education department for the Mid-Atlantic region. The Breakthru Beverage Group is the third largest wine and spirit wholesaler in the United States and Canada with over 7,000 employees.
Introduction to the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Qualification Aims The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of spirits. It is intended to provide a comprehensive level of focused product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies – for example, in bar service, and for staff requiring focused product knowledge in retail and wholesaling businesses. Successful candidates will be able to give information on the characteristics of the principal spirits and aromatised wines as well as their methods of production. They will confidently provide guidance on the use and service of spirits and make informed recommendations to customers when selecting spirits and liqueurs to meet their taste and price requirements. Qualification Structure Learning Outcomes In order to meet the qualification aims there are four learning outcomes. Learning Outcome 1 Understand the main production factors that determine types of spirits. Learning Outcome 2 Understand how the principal types of spirits are produced and labelled and describe their key characteristics. Learning Outcome 3 Understand how the principal types of flavored spirits, liqueurs and aromatized wines are produced and labelled, and describe their key characteristics. Learning Outcome 4 Know the common equipment used and the principles involved in the service of spirits. Enrolment There are no restrictions on entry to the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits. Candidates who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held, or those who choose not to taste alcohol for health or religious reasons, will not sample any alcoholic beverage as part of their course, but this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Total Qualification Time (TQT) and Guided Learning Hours (GLH) The TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time, measured in hours that a learner would reasonably need to be able to show the level of achievement necessary for the award of a qualification, it is made up of GLH and private study time. GLH includes all tutor supervised learning and supervised assessments. The TQT for the Level 2 Award in Spirits is 26 hours. There are 15 GLH (including the 1 hour examination) and 11 hours private study.
A Certified Sommelier will introduce a set of wines to all your guests, which will be served blind. However, to help participants identify these classic set of wines from around the world, a Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) exercise will be delivered beforehand, so that your attendees will understand the structural components and aromatic characteristics of grapes and their origin. Participants will be given lexicon to describe particular aromatics and flavors and will soon discover that blind tasting of wines is not a parlor game, but a step by step approach in how to determine a wines identity through examination and analysis. Also, this class is meant to be fun and interactive with prizes awarded at the end to claim bragging rights for correct answers…
A horizontal wine tasting is another classic wine tasting event. Like a vertical wine tasting, it plays around with vintage versus producer differences to craft an interesting comparative tasting. While a vertical tasting focuses on several vintages from a single producer or vineyard, a horizontal tasting includes just one vintage. It is another interesting theme which can make your wine tasting party more fun as well as more focused on a particular topic.
A horizontal tasting has only wines from the same vintage. In addition, the wines included usually all have something more in common. For example, the wines are often all from the same region. For example, you could compare the different Cabernet Sauvignons made by Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet, the Beringer Sonoma Cabernet & the Smith & Hook from the Central Coast. Generally, the wines do come from the same general region or else the vintage characteristics can be quite different. There are no absolute rules for what wines can be included in a single vintage horizontal, but we will come up with a fun group of wines that have something in common.
This wine tasting theme gives your guests a great insight into the characteristics that are unique to a given vintage in a particular wine producing region. You can sample wines from different producers and different styles and see how the vintage characteristics are similar, or not, amongst them. This teaches your attendees a lot about that particular vintage in that region. It is also fun to compare different producers to see which managed better than others that year.
A vertical wine tasting is an assessment of a group of wines based on vintage years. It is a terrific way to experience just how different every year can be in the world of wine. It can also enhance your understanding of the many factors that play subtle roles in a single wine.
Vertical wine tasting events is a fun way to entertain a small party of guests. It also promotes conversation among wine lovers and beginners alike. Everyone can learn and gain new perspectives while having a great time.
- You will get a better feel for a particular winery’s varietal style and composition with this type of tasting.
- You can also see how unique weather patterns may affect the grapes from one year to the next.
- Vertical wine tastings are fun for a round robin-style of entertaining. Get the same group together at a different home with a new host or hostess and explore many wines over a few months. You'll build on each experience and get to know a lot of wines together.
(60 to 90-minute session)
When food and wine are tasted together there will be a reaction, either positive or negative. More often than not food is the culprit for why many food & wine pairings don’t go well together. Think about if you’ve ever brushed your teeth with tooth paste and then drank a glass of orange juice, yikes! For most of us this pairing does not work well, so it is with many food & wine pairings. In this class we will explore what works and what doesn’t with regards to food & wine pairings.
We will use 4 simple ingredients (trail mix) and 4 wines to show how wine & food can be enjoyed together by either contrasting or complementing each other’s flavors, textures, and varietal characteristics
At the conclusion of this class participants will have a better idea of how wine and food can complement each other or not. Having completed this session attendees can feel confident about ordering a wine at a restaurant or family & friends’ gatherings and know that their selection will make the evening both enjoyable and eventful.
In this class attendees will be given a brief history of how viticulture and vinification has evolved from before the Roman Empire to the present day in both the Old World and New World. Also, participants will discover that not all wines taste the same even though they can be clearly identified as a Chardonnay, Cabernet or Riesling and this is dependent upon where they come from. This Certified Sommelier led event will take your guests to France & California and explain how today both the Old Word (Terroir or Sense of Place) and New World( Modern Technology & Science Techniques) have come together. For fun there will be a blind tasting of two wines to determine what hemisphere the wines come from.
Explore the wines of France while enjoying classic varietals from Burgundy, Bordeaux and Alsace.
We will unravel the mystery’s behind the names, labels and regions that make its wines so complicated, but no longer.
After attending this fun & fact filled class, you’ll be able to order wines from a restaurant wine list with confidence.
“Viva la France”
Ferrari, Sophia Loren, Pizza & Chianti what is up with our fascination with this country’s culture, food & wine?
Italy has over 750 grape varietals from 20 different regions, whiskey, tango, foxtrot (WTF…)???
Find out why Italian food is the most popular cuisine in America, could it be the wine?
In this class we will taste wines from Tuscany, Piemonte & Veneto and discuss the endless food & wine pairing possibilities.
Come join us for a wine tour of Italy and find out for yourself what makes its wines so appealing!