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Estimated study time?

Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.

Who is it for?

Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.

These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.

Where can I do this?

Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.

Why us?

We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.

How can I learn this without tasting?

One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.

I don’t know how to taste.

The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a prerequisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.

Final Exam Information

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Dr. Clinton LeeDr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.

He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.

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1.0 Introduction

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionSuggested VideoIntroduction Introduction We all have a history and we create history with each day we live and the era we live through. Cigars are no different. It is this rich, opulent history that crosses epochs, oceans, centuries and although the actors and players differ the world of cigars gets richer with each characterization and [...]

2.0 History of Cigars

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

History of CigarsSuggested VideoHistory of Cigars History of Cigars Oct 12th 1492, Christopher Columbus discovers America. More importantly, is the date October 29th when Christopher Columbus sails into Cuba's Bahia de Gibara. Two sailors we must remember are Roderigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres who landed on Cuban soil. These Spanish conquistadors saw native [...]

3.0 Tobacco plant: Climate, Soil and Weather

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Tobacco plant: Climate, Soil and Weather.Suggested VideoTobacco plant: Climate, Soil and Weather. Tobacco plant-Climate, soil and weather The tobacco plant is a very sturdy plant. It has 3 main sections. At the bottom of the plant, is is called the Volado . The middle section is called the Seco. The top part of the plant [...]

4.0 How Cigars are made

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How Cigars are madeSuggested VideoHow Cigars are made How Cigars are made The methodology has not changed in last 100 years of making cigars. Machine-made cigars still must have a degree of hand labour. Agricultural process Priming Stage The leaves are primed according to size and texture. Put together and braided with strips of palm. [...]

5.0 Different sizes, shapes and colours of cigars

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Different sizes, shapes and colours of cigarsSuggested VideoDifferent sizes, shapes and colours of cigars Different sizes, shapes and colours of cigars Length, Shape and Ring Gauge There is no standard size, no standard length or ring gauge. The filler, and wrapper come in all sizes. Times evolve and so do sizes. For example, decades ago [...]

6.0 How to store and age cigars

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to store and age cigarsSuggested VideoHow to store and age cigars How to store and age cigars Its called humidification. This is the phenomena that can lengthen the lifespan of your cigar. The number we should attain is between 65% to 70% humidity and a temperature of 21.1- and 23-degrees C. Most cigar beginners [...]

7.0 Drink Pairings with Cigars

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Drink Pairings with CigarsSuggested VideoDrink Pairings with Cigars Drink Pairings with Cigars Whisky and cigars There are whiskies now being made in more parts of the world than before. The days when Scotland and Ireland were the predominant producers in the world is now being challenged. The different styles of whisky ranges broadly. We have [...]

8.0 How to select, cut, light and smoke a cigar

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to select, cut, light and smoke a cigarSuggested VideoHow to select, cut, light and smoke a cigar How to select, cut, light and smoke a cigar Select When selecting a cigar there are many factors to consider. The facts are you must know what you like and select a time and place to enjoy. [...]

9.0 Culture/etiquette

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture/etiquetteSuggested VideoCulture/etiquette Culture/etiquette As with all good things there are polite ways to enjoy the finer pleasures in life and we encourage you as professional to do that and share with your clients the etiquette of smoking cigars and we thank you. Examine the cigar the way you have learnt in this course. Give the [...]

10.0 Major producers

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Major producersSuggested VideoMajor producers Major producers Continuing from lesson 2 you can see how the major producers became as enviable as they have and the circumstances. Like the salt revolution where England was losing revenue from the global preference for La Rochelle salt from France and not British salt. The British decided to tax tea [...]

11.0 Sommelier Practical Component

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Practical Sommelier ComponentPractical Sommelier Component Welcome to the practical component of the course This section will focus on the importance of having a deep and thorough practical knowledge of cigars. This will enable you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge when you are explaining a cigar to a potential client, purchasing, or selling a cigar [...]

12.0 Future, Summary and Famous Brands

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Future, Summary and Famous BrandsSuggested VideoFuture, Summary and Famous Brands Future, Summary and Famous Brands This lesson has shone a new light into the world of Cigars and now you, the professional will share your new knowledge with others in many areas of life and places, and we wish you enjoy the experience. There are [...]

13.0 Cigar Course Feedback

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Course Feedback Did you enjoy the content of the APWASI preview course? * YesNo 1. How would you rate the quality of this course? PoorAcceptableGoodVery GoodExcellentN/A 2. How did you find the course length & detail? ShortJust RightToo LongN/A 3. Were the course questions easy? EasyJust RightHardVery HardN/A 4. Would you recommend this course? YesNoN/A [...]

14.0 Final Exam

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement of completing the course. The next step is to successfully pass the Final Examination. This examination is timed and there are 100 multiple choice questions with 65% being the pass mark. We strongly urge you, encourage you to study hard before you attempt to take the examination. Ensure you know […]