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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

Introduction Acknowledgements Preparing a wine course is not a solitary commitment but one of an entire team. I would like to thank my young assistant and colleague Azker Cader for his unrelenting and uncompromising approach to detail when assisting me in the preparation of this course. My other wine colleagues Eric VonKrosigk, Stephen Cipes, Walter [...]

2.0 What is Icewine?

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

What is Icewine? Icewine is a natural sweet wine. With natural sweet wines, the alcohol and unfermented residual sugar in the wine originates from the grape juice. This style of wine is different to other sweet wines, where sugar may have been added to the final wine. A late harvest wine would be considered a [...]

3.0 History

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

History It is believed that the first post-Roman icewine was made in Franconia, near the city of Wurzburg, Germany in 1794. The discovery of icewine was accidental. One particular vineyard was harvested much later than normal as a result of a cool growing season in 1794. After an exceptionally cold frost swept the region, the [...]

4.0 Grape Varieties Used In the Major Icewine Producing Countries

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Grape Varieties Used In the Major Icewine Producing Countries Riesling Description: Riesling is a white grape. It is considered to be an early ripening grape. The vine on this varietal has a hard wood and is resistant to the winter cold. This is a highly acidic grape and can balance the intense sweetness of late [...]

5.0 Different Methods of Growing Grapes and the Wines

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Different Methods of Growing Grapes and the Wines The three main methods of growing grapes are conventional, organic and biodynamic. Conventional This is the predominant method employed amongst wineries in the world. The conventional method is characterized by the use of herbicides and fungicides to control pests, viruses, weeds, fungi and also to increase yield. [...]

6.0 Countries where ice wine is made

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Countries where ice wine is made USA Ice wine (American usage breaks it into two words) production in America is still a relatively new venture. Only a handful of wineries are fortunate enough to be based in favorable environments that allow for a natural deep-freeze of the grapes. This has led to many producers to [...]

6.0A – IceWine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionWine Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Wine Tasting MethodologyWine Tasting ListIntroduction Congratulations on your decision to learn even more about different cultures and people through your wine studies with APWASI Icewines. For some of you the wine adventure began with Wine Essentials I and then Wine essentials II. By now you are familiar and confident with the tasting [...]

7.0 Where do the Flavours come from?

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Where do the Flavours come from? Grapes to be used in making icewine must be frozen at a minimum of -8°C. Water freezes at 0°C and becomes ice. While it is in the process of going through a phase change, freezing water expands. It is important to note that when water reaches 4°C it starts [...]

8.0 How to Serve Icewine?

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to Serve Icewine? On October 18th , 1998, renowned Austrian glass retailer Riedel and Inniskillin cooperated to develop an icewine glass. Two years later the Riedel/Inniskillin Vinum Extreme icewine glass was revealed to the world. This glass is machine-made and consists of 24% lead crystal which imparts a high degree of clarity and brilliance. [...]

9.0 Conclusion

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Conclusion Hopefully you have learned the important aspects about how ice-wine is made and what is involved in producing this luxurious wine. Likewise, you should now know how to pick a good ice-wine and how to serve it. The real fun lies in exploring these wines and what they have to offer. Happy drinking! Please [...]

10.0 Course Feedback

Length: 10 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Easy

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 [...]

11.0 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 […]