WSET has become the most recognized professional certification and is the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education. As an approved program provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Palate Partners offers an array of internationally recognized qualifications in wines and spirits. 

2020-2021 School Year

Due to COVID-19, this school year looks a little different. We've limited our offering and are currently scheduling WSET courses on a bi-monthly basis due to changing rules and requirements for running our in-person classes safely. 

To see our class offering, please see the calendar on our classes page

Please view our Health & Safety procedures here.

WSET AT PALATE PARTNERS

Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits has been teaching WSET courses for over six years! Not only do our students preform well above the global average, we boast a near-perfect pass rate for our in-person WSET Awards in all subjects and levels.

 

Personnel from many of Pittsburgh’s best establishments, including Altius, Morcilla, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, and Piccolo Forno, have trusted Palate Partners’ team of expert WSET educators with their educational development, and you should, too.

ABOUT WSET 

 

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust was founded as a charitable trust in 1969 to serve the growing educational needs of the UK wine and spirits industry which, at the time, primarily spanned import, distribution and retail. Funding was provided by The Vintners' Company and WSET took over the education initiatives started by the Wine and Spirit Association of Great Britain.

 In 1977 WSET expanded access to qualifications abroad, by launching courses in the Republic of Ireland, and across the Atlantic, with the International Wine Education Guild (IWEG) in Ontario, Canada, becoming the first North American provider of WSET qualifications. By the end of the 1990’s WSET qualifications were available in the UK, Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia. In 2007 international students taking WSET exams outnumbered UK students for the first time.

Today WSET qualifications are available in over 70 countries in more than 15 languages. WSET has become the most recognized professional certification and is the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education.

 

OUR COURSE OFFERINGS

 
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AWARDS IN WINE

Level 1 & 2

These qualifications provide a hands-on exploration into the world of wine. You’ll study types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste. During these courses you will learn to identify grapes and their characteristics, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. 

AWARDS IN SPIRITS

Level 1 & 2

During these qualifications you will learn the principles of spirit production, explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. You will be trained on how to serve spirits as well as how to describe them.

AWARDS IN SAKE

Level 1-3

In these courses you will explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste. Students will develop an understanding of the key factors affecting the flavor of sake as well as how to properly serve different styles and types of sake. You will also gain an understanding of the the main principles of sake production.  

WSET COURSE PRICING

 

WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE AWARD

 

2020-2021

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine: In-person Course

$275

Palate Partners in-person WSET Level 1 in Wine Award is a two-day course led by one of our WSET approved teachers.

Class takes place over a Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 PM each day.

At the end of each course you will take your exam. 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine: ONLINE Course

$225

With online tutorials and study aids, WSET Online courses allow you to work at your own pace.

Every WSET Online course at Palate Partners has a recommended exam date that is included in the price of your course.

Additional exam dates are available to help accommodate online student's schedules. See full list of exam dates here

If needed, you may book a personal exam date for a fee of $100. Please see details here.

 

WSET LEVEL 2 IN WINE AWARD

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine: In-person Course

$695

The in-person WSET Level 2 in Wine Award is a 16-hour, multi-week, course.

Each session is led by one of our WSET approved teachers. At the end of the course you will take your exam.    

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine: ONLINE Course

$595

The Online WSET Level 2 Award in Wine requires 16 hours of course time.

With online tutorials and study aids, WSET Online courses allow you to work at your own pace.

Every WSET Online course at Palate Partners has a recommended exam date that is included in the price of your course.

Additional exam dates are available to help accommodate online student's schedules. See full list of exam dates here

If needed, you may book a personal exam date for a fee of $100. Please see details here.

 

WSET LEVEL 1 IN SPIRITS AWARD

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits: In-person Course

$300

Palate Partners WSET Level 1 in Spirits Award is a one-day course led by one of our WSET approved teachers.

This full-day class takes place on either Thursday or Sunday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day.

At the end of the course you will take your exam.    

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits: ONLINE Course

$225

With online tutorials and study aids, WSET Online courses allow you to work at your own pace.

Every WSET Online course at Palate Partners has a recommended exam date that is included in the price of your course.

Additional exam dates are available to help accommodate online student's schedules. See full list of exam dates here

If needed, you may book a personal exam date for a fee of $100. Please see details here.

WSET LEVEL 2 IN SPIRITS AWARD 

 

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits: In-person Course

$675

Palate Partners' WSET in-person Level 2 in Spirits Award is led by one of our WSET approved teachers.

This course requires 14 hours in the classroom as well as independent study.

At the end of the course you will take your exam.    

View WSET Level 2 in Spirits 2019-2020 In-person schedule below.

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits: ONLINE Course

$595

The Online WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits requires 26 hours of course time.

With online tutorials and study aids, WSET Online courses allow you to work at your own pace.

Every WSET Online course at Palate Partners has a recommended exam date that is included in the price of your course.

Additional exam dates are available to help accommodate online student's schedules. See full list of exam dates here

If needed, you may book a personal exam date for a fee of $100. Please see details here.

View WSET Level 2 in Spirits 2019-2020 ONLINE schedule below.

 

WSET LEVEL 1 & 3 IN SAKE AWARD

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

$300

ONLINE course $225

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake is a two-day course led by one of our WSET approved teachers.

Class takes place over a Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day.

At the end of each course you will take your exam. 

View WSET Level 1 in Wine 2019-2020 In-person schedule below.

LEVEL 3 COMING SOON!
Would you like to be alerted when our next WSET Level 3 in Sake offering is available? Contact us below and level a message.

WSET Personal Exam ​Requests for Online Students

$100 per exam date

 

Your exam date must take place after the last day of your online course.

Your exam date must be requested a minimum of three weeks (21 days) in advance.

This fee is to cover processing, shipping, and handling of the examination to and from London, UK.

 

WSET Additional Charges & Fees 

 

Late Payment Fee: 

$45

This is a fee applied if a student fails to pay for their course before the registration deadline. 

 

Materials Shipping Fee: 

$20 

This is a fee for online students who are unable to come pickup their course materials from our school.

*additional charges may apply for expedited shipping

 

Certificate and Pin Shipping Fee: 

$25

This is a fee for students who are unable to come pickup their certificate and pin from our school.

Exam re-sit Fees: 

Price Varies

There are substantial fees for retaking an exam if you either fail or don’t show up for your schedule exam.

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PITTSBURGH, PA 15201

 

EMAIL: info@palatepartners.com

 

PHONE: 412.391.8502

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