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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 Port comes from the North of Portugal, from a specific region called the Douro Valley This valley is one of the world's oldest, most famous and prestigious vineyard areas For nearly two thousand years, wine has been produced in the Douro Valley. The first wines to be named Port were shipped in [...]

2.0 Wine History

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Wine HistorySuggested VideoWine History Wine History First references to vine growing in the Douro region goes back to the pre-historic times During the Roman period, vine growing expanded significantly 1678 - Oporto Customs first registered wine exported from the Douro region 1 pipe used for shipping Port is equivalent to 534 litres. In today's terms, [...]

3.0 Geography

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographyDescription of the Sub-RegionsGeography Geography The Douro wine region is located around the Douro River Valley and lower valleys of its tributaries: Távora, Torto, Pinhão, Varosa and Corgo The region is sheltered from Atlantic winds by the Marão and Montemuro mountains The Douro is located in Northern Portugal along the banks of the river Douro [...]

4.0 Climate / soil / weather

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Climate / soil / weatherSuggested VideoClimate / soil / weather Climate / soil / weather Port is made is in the northern part of Portugal in a region called the Douro. An explanation on Climate: Climate is not weather but includes weather and refers to the overall conditions of a specified area over a long [...]

5.0 Styles of Wine

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Styles of WineStyles of Wine Styles of Wine Before we define the styles of port, it is necessary to know what port wine is: For a wine to be called port, it must come from the Douro region in Northern Portugal, where port is made. Port is a fortified wine, meaning that alcohol within a [...]

6.0 Grapes

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Between 3000 to 6000 vines are planted per hectare and there are up to 50 different varietals Officially recommended for the Douro region are: White varieties - Malvasia Corada, Malvasia Fina, Esgana Cao, Folgazao, Rabigato, Gouveio, Viosinho and Donzelinho Branco Red Varieties - Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Barroca, Tinta [...]

7.0 How is Port made?

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How is Port made?Suggested VideoHow is Port made? How is Port made? The grapes must come from the demarcated area and be an approved grape varietal The vineyards are graded and begin with the highest as A and the lowest at F The grading was based on 12 criteria that were established in 1940 and [...]

7.0A – Wine 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 PORT. 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 [...]

8.0 Cuisine/Pairings

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Cuisine/PairingsSuggested VideoCuisine/Pairings Cuisine/Pairings Port is, thankfully, a key versatile wine that can be paired with many different foods It is usually served towards the end of the meal with either cheese or chocolate, either as a dessert wine or considered to be an “˜after dinner' drink. White Port can also be enjoyed as an aperitif [...]

9.0 Culture/etiquette

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture/etiquetteSuggested VideoCulture/etiquette Culture/etiquette Port wine is traditionally considered to be the quintessential British drink that is drunk during the festive season Passing the Port, it is said, emanated from the British navy. The Port decanter moved from the host's location always to the left side, known also as the port side. This direction does not [...]

10.0 Future

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureSuggested VideoFuture Future It is often said by many "I don't know what next week lies for us, let alone the next year or 10 years" But is it important, as the world we have known it to be is changing, evolving at a pace which many cannot and are not able to keep pace [...]

11.0 Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary Summary It is an undisputed fact that Port holds itself in a unique position in the world of wine - not only for the way it is made and classified, but also the robustness of the wine cannot be challenged, and the memories created and the continued creation of future memories, will endure [...]

12.0 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 [...]

13.0 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 […]