Dubai-founded The Tasting Class has become the first WSET approved programme provider for consumers.
WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is the largest international provider of grape and spirits qualifications, offering globally-recognised qualifications through 750 approved programme providers across the world.
Led by international industry expert and experienced sommelier, Lindsay Trivers, The Tasting Class offers a broad range of tasting events.
These range from social blind tastings with games and prizes to cheese pairings, fine dining and classroom-style lessons, which attract a broad clientele.
Trivers commented: “As Expo 2020 looms, the UAE is striving to deliver the best visitor experience the world has to offer. The Tasting Class will contribute to this by giving the hospitality sector the tools it needs to provide world-class service in anticipation of this great event.
“What is most exciting, though, is now these courses will be offered to anyone interested to learn more about what they are drinking. Everyone is welcome to attend!”
The Tasting Class will offer WSET’s Level 1 Award in Wines and Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits from Friday 20 October 2017.
The courses are designed to give a hands-on introduction to the world of beverage in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere.
The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines covers the basics of different types and styles through sight, smell, and taste, and how to store and serve it and pair food with it.
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits digs deeper to explore the major grape varieties and the styles of beverage they produce, as well as important production regions in which they are grown.
Participants also learn about key classifications and labelling terminology and are given a basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs.