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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 A truffle develops underground, and is a fruiting body of a subterranean ascomycete fungus. It relies on mycophagy to disperse spores. Nearly all truffles are found near trees. The most highly prized truffle species is the genus "Tuber," although there are hundreds of species of truffles. In French and Northern Italian cooking [...]

2.0 The History of Truffles

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Part OnePart TwoSuggested VideosPart One Part One Truffles are found in the living roots of certain trees such Beech, Poplar, Oak, Birch, Hornbeam, Hazel and Pine. The word truffle comes from the Latin word "tuber", meaning "lump." According to scientific studies, truffles have been on earth longer than humans! Around 360-280 million years ago. Beetles [...]

3.0 What are truffles and what conditions do you need to find truffles?

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What are truffles?Types of TrufflesLooking for TrufflesWhat are truffles? What are truffles? Are truffles mushrooms? Oh, the question asked by many. Are truffles and mushrooms the same? Not exactly! Truffles and mushrooms are both in the kingdom of fungi, however, they emerge in various places, thriving in different climates. A mushroom grows above ground and [...]

4.0 In which countries can you find truffles?

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In which countries can you find trufflesTop ProducersIn which countries can you find truffles In which countries can you find truffles? Truffles can be found in many countries! Highlighted below are some of the major truffle producing countries. Spain Maestrazgo Spanish black truffle (tuber melanosporum) The Spanish black truffle of winter truffle is harvested between [...]

5.0 How to buy truffles and what to look out for

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How to buy trufflesHow to buy truffles How to buy truffles Truffle scams In France, agricultural agencies conduct lab analyses of black truffles to ensure they are legitimate French products and not inferior Chinese or Spanish black truffles that have been soaked in truffle juice to enhance their aroma. Lesser white truffles from other areas [...]

6.0 Preparation / Storing / Different Uses of Truffles

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PreparationStoringUsesSuggested VideoPreparation Preparation Preparing truffles for cooking They will need to be cleaned before consumed. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt. While water may be used to clean hard-shelled truffles, it is recommended not to do the same with soft truffles. Fresh, uncooked truffles must be eaten soon after harvested when cooking with [...]

7.0 Cuisine/Pairings

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Cuisine/PairingsSuggested VideoCuisine/Pairings Cuisine/Pairings Pairing truffles with food A basic rule to go by is, certain types of truffles go better with certain foods. Italian white truffles are best with pasta, eggs, white meats and in risotto. Simply shave them raw over dishes. Don't cook them. Also, can be inserted under the skins of poultry. Paper [...]

8.0 Future of Truffles

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Future of TrufflesSuggested VideoFuture of Truffles Future of Truffles The rare delicacy, hidden underground among roots of selected tree species is difficult to find. Truffle hunters cautiously search the soil with trained dogs to dig up the pungent tuber species, and then move it along a network of hyper-competitive and, at times, secretive distribution networks [...]

9.0 Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary Summary There are many different truffle species found all over the world, from the Pacific Northwest to China to North Africa and the Middle East. With renowned growing regions in the Italian and French country sides. Black truffles grow near oak and hazelnut trees in France's Périgord region. Burgundy truffles or summer truffles, [...]

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 […]