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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

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionSuggested VideoIntroduction Introduction The wind pushes a dead lump of grass into a water trough and a thirsty looking bad hombre walks across the town street. There is clearly a yearning for a hard drink on his face. The music of gentle drumming with an adventure theme gives the image portrayed about Western movies for [...]

2.0 History of Tequila

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

History of TequilaSuggested VideoHistory of Tequila History of Tequila The name tequila comes from a town called Tequila in the province of Jalisco which is in Mexico. The origins are unclear and there are two myths One states, the name Tequila comes the Aztec word meaning “ place of Work' or “place of Tribute“ Aztec [...]

3.0 Geography: Where Tequila and Mezcal can be made

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Geography: Where Tequila and Mezcal can be madeSuggested VideoGeography: Where Tequila and Mezcal can be made Geography: Where Tequila and Mezcal can be made Tequila is produced only in the Mexican state of Jalisco and in some municipalities of these 4 states: Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Every agave-based distilled spirit outside of those regions [...]

4.0 How Tequila is Made

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How Tequila is MadeSuggested VideoHow Tequila is Made How Tequila is Made We need to begin with the raw product where the starch is present to give off the sugars so there is a liquid that can be distilled. The raw material is called Agave.   The Blue Agave and Agave and Processing Agave is not [...]

5.0 Classifications and Styles of Tequila and Mezcal

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Classifications and Styles of Tequila and MezcalSuggested VideoClassifications and Styles of Tequila and Mezcal Classifications and Styles of Tequila and Mezcal We often hear the terms Mezcal and Tequila. It would be an excellent way to understand the differences as they are different. The definition of Mezcal is “Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from [...]

5.0A – Tequila Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionTequila Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Tequila Tasting MethodologyTequila Tasting ListIntroduction Congratulations on your decision to learn even more about different cultures and people through your wine studies with APWASI Tequila Course. Before we begin, we will need some important equipment which I suggest, if possible, you should acquire. They will be used by you during your long [...]

6.0 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 It is important that when buying Tequila, you are buying an authentic bottle of Tequila. These are the labeling information you must find on the bottle. Name One will see the brand [...]

7.0 People, Food, Drink Pairings and Cocktails

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

People, Food, Drink Pairings and CocktailsFour RecipesSuggested VideoPeople, Food, Drink Pairings and Cocktails People, Food, Drink Pairings and Cocktails Tequila and Mezcal are part of the Mexican culture. When there are life events like a birth of a new child. The passing of friends and family. The beginning of a new romance. Even used for [...]

8.0 Some Terms & Brands to know

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Useful TermsBrandsSuggested VideosUseful Terms Useful Terms Abocado means “exposed“ normally referring to the world of wine it means “semisweet“. Bagasso refers to the cooked and pulped agave fibers that remain after making mezcal. Jicara means cup in Spanish. Minero refers to an Espadin mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas. Pechuga translates into “breast“ in Spanish. The [...]

9.0 Future and Summary

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Future and SummarySuggested VideoFuture and Summary Future and Summary There are many different thoughts about the future. That's natural and here are some thoughts. There are those that feel genetic diversity is required. Camarena is part of the Bat Friendly Tequila and Mezcal Project, and promotes biodiversity among agave plants. Bats are natural pollinators of [...]

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 […]