Detailed Elements of WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Source: WSET®

ELEMENT 1Demonstrate a basic understanding of the factors that influence wine style.

1. Define the conditions needed for the vine to produce healthy grapes.
2. Describe the impact of the growing environment on the grapes.
3. Outline the vineyard activities undertaken to produce healthy grapes.
4. Outline the winemaking processes used for identified wine types and describe their effect on wine style. 5. Outline the maturation processes used for identified wine types and describe their effect on wine style.

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ELEMENT 2Describe the characteristics of the principal grape varieties used in still wine production and the style and quality of wines produced from these grapes in the key wine producing countries and regions of the world.

  1. Describe the characteristics of the principal grape varieties.
  2. Describe the effect of climate and, where relevant, winery influences on the style and quality of still wine produced from the principal grape varieties.
  3. Identify key wine producing countries and regions of the world for the production of still wine produced from the principal grape varieties. Describe the styles and qualities of these wines using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.
  4. Define the meaning of regionally important and other labelling terms that are commonly used to indicate the style and quality of still wines produced from the principal grape varieties.

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ELEMENT 3Describe the style and quality of both still wines made from regionally important grape varieties and other regionally important named wines made in the key wine producing countries of the world.

  1. Identify the regionally important grape varieties used in the key wine producing countries of the world and describe the style and quality of the still wines made from these grapes.
  2. Identify the regionally important named wines in the key wine producing countries of the world and describe the style and quality of these wines using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.
  3. Define the meaning of regionally important and other labelling terms that are commonly used to indicate the quality and style of regionally important still wines.

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ELEMENT 4Outline the methods used in the production of sparkling wines and describe the style of these wines produced in the key wine producing countries of the world.

  1. Outline the important methods of production used to produce sparkling wines.
  2. Identify the most important countries and regions for the production of sparkling wines and, where relevant, the grape varieties used. Describe the style of these wines using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.
  3. Define the meaning of regionally important and other labelling terms that are commonly used to indicate the style and quality of sparkling wines.

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ELEMENT 5Outline the methods used in the production of sweet and fortified wines and describe the style of these wines produced in the key wine producing countries of the world.

  1. Outline the important methods of production used to produce sweet and fortified wines.
  2. Identify the most important countries and regions for the production of sweet and fortified wines and where relevant, the grape varieties used. Describe the style of these wines using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.
  3. Define the meaning of regionally important and other labelling terms that are commonly used to indicate the style and quality of sweet and fortified wines.

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ELEMENT 6Outline the key principles and methods used in the production of the principal categories of international spirits and describe the styles of the spirits produced.

  1. Outline the principles and methods used in the production of spirits.
  2. Outline the methods of production used for the principal categories of international spirits and describe the styles of the spirits produced.
  3. Define the meaning of regionally important and other labelling terms that are commonly used to indicate the quality and style of international spirits.

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ELEMENT 7Demonstrate an understanding of the process and principles involved in the storage, selection and service of wine.

  1. Outline the correct procedures for the storage, selection and service of wine.
  2. Identify common faults found in wines.
  3. Identify the key considerations when making a food and wine paring recommendation.
  4. State the social, health and safety issues relating to the consumption of wines and spirits.

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