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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 Sherry is one of the world's oldest wines. The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors have influenced its rich history, but it has also been influenced by a number of key markets such as the United Kingdom. Sherry wines are the result of long tradition and the fact that it has always been intended [...]

2.0 History

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

HistoryPart 2Suggested VideoHistory History You'll notice the city of Jerez had been given multiple names throughout its history of colonization. Sherry wine was first mentioned in the 1st century BC by Greek geographer Strabo. He wrote that in 1100 BC the Phoenicians brought the first grapes to the region of Jerez. The Phoenicians traded in [...]

3.0 Geography of the Sherry Triangle

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Geography of the Sherry TriangleThe Sherry TriangleSuggested VideoGeography of the Sherry Triangle Geography of the Sherry Triangle Located in the southwestern part of Spain and north of Cádiz. The southernmost wine region in continental Europe. The sherry wine region comprises three towns: El Puerto de Santa Maria, Jerez de la Frontera and Sanlucar de Barrameda. [...]

4.0 Climate/Soil

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilSuggested VideoClimate Climate The Sherry region has an overall Mediterranean climate. Average annual temperature: 17.3°C. Annual rainfall: 600 mm, which occurs mostly in the autumn and winter. Rain occurs 63 to 75 days a year (approximately), sufficient enough in most cases to nurture the vines. Spring frosts sometimes occur and affect vineyards, but it is [...]

5.0 Styles of Sherry

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Styles of SherrySuggested VideoStyles of Sherry Styles of Sherry Sherry is a fortified wine, produced in southwest Spain's "Sherry Triangle." This triangle consists of the three towns of Puerto de Santa María, Jerez and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Sherry wines can be: 1. Dry (Vinos Generosos), 2. Naturally sweet (Vinos Dulces Naturales) 3.  Sweetened through blending (Vinos Generosos [...]

6.0 How to make Sherry

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to make SherrySuggested VideoHow to make Sherry How to make Sherry Viticulture Preparatory work is done in the summer, after selecting a desirable vineyard area, in an intensive process known as "agostado" (means August in Spanish). Breaking up the land to a depth of 60 cm oxygenates the albariza soil. Manure is then added [...]

7.0 Grapes of Sherry

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Palomino (Palomino Fino) Palomino is the most traditional variety and has been used for centuries in this region. It is a key element in sherry wines, and the leading variety in the Sherry wine region. White wine grape varietal. Palomino has 3 sub-varietals: Palomino Fino, Palomino Basto, and Palomino de Jerez Palomino [...]

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 Sherry. 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 How to read the label/bottling/packaging

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to read the label / bottling / packagingSuggested VideoHow to read the label / bottling / packaging How to read the label / bottling / packaging Legal requirements All Sherry labels must include a series of required details in order to comply with the norms laid down by the Denomination of Origin. Compulsory: The [...]

9.0 Cuisine/Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Cuisine/PairingsSuggested VideoCuisine/Pairings Cuisine/Pairings Fino Can be a great aperitif. Best served chilled, between 4°C and 9°C Pairs well with olives, almonds, fried fish, seafood, salt-cured tuna, Jamón ibérico , Jamon Serrano, and light cheese. Manzanila Also, a great aperitif. Best served chilled, between 4°C and 9°C. Pairs well with olives, (fried) fish, seafood and Jamón [...]

10.0 Culture/Etiquette

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture/EtiquetteSuggested VideoCulture/Etiquette Culture/Etiquette Jerez de la Frontera is the center of historical sherry bodegas, such as Domecq and Gonzalez Byass. Andalusia has always been known for its many captivating bars. The streets of this iconic area of Southern Spain, renowned for its cheerful atmosphere, beautiful gastronomy and gentle weather, are lined by thousands of people [...]

11.0 Future/Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Future/SummarySuggested VideoFuture/Summary Future/Summary Sherry is a fortified wine originally made in and around the town of Jerez in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. It is matured in the famous solera system. There are no singular vintage sherries, and the quality tends to remain consistent due to this system. The main variety used in Sherry [...]

12.0 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 [...]

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 […]