Wine Educator Course

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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 to APWASI

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Our Mission The Asia Pacific Wine and Spirit Institute is committed to promoting, expanding, and developing a greater consciousness about global awareness, diversity, and inclusivity in our lives. Countries, communities and individuals will be encouraged to develop a broader and wider understanding of these principles. Understanding is gained through cultural interaction, experience, and adventure. Thereby, [...]

2.0 Your Course Objectives

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

In broad strokes, this course is designed for wine enthusiasts and wine professionals to have the opportunity to take a structured course where they are prepared and trained to give lectures to students in a professional, effective and efficient manner while achieving the teaching goals of the course. This course is divided into 11 prime […]

3.0 Environment for Learning

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Introduction1. The Learning Environment2. The Physical EnvironmentIntroduction This lesson will separate “˜Environment“ into two specific areas: The Learning environment defined as the method and style of the lecturer and student interaction. The Physical environment is defined as the physical environment that will produce the most conducive ambience and physical conditions for students and lecturer alike [...]

4.0 Teaching Styles

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

5 Main Teaching Styles5 Main Teaching Styles There are several styles, here are 5 Main Teaching Styles: Lecturer is the focal point. This is a traditional classroom setting with the lecturer at the front similar to school and universities with the latter on a larger scale. The lecturer does most of the talking and the [...]

5.0 Different Cultural Learning Styles

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionLearning StylesCulture influence on learning stylesIntroduction We need to understand the different types of learning styles. Learning is defined as a set of cognitive, emotional, characteristic and psychological factors that are relied upon as an indicator to evaluate, identify how the learner responds and interacts. Learning Styles Perceptual learning styles Perceptual learning styles are learners [...]

6.0 Preparing a Lesson Plan

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Thoughts While Preparing Lesson PlansMy AdviceComponents of a Lesson PlanThoughts While Preparing Lesson Plans There are several questions you should ask yourself as you prepare the lesson plan. What type of students are my class comprised of? What are their needs in terms of academic, social, physical, personal, and emotional? What will be the optimum [...]

7.0 The Importance of How to Ask a Question

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

The Importance of How to Ask a QuestionThe Importance of How to Ask a Question General Strategies for Asking Questions When planning questions, keep in mind your course goals. What is the question aiming to establish? Are you enquiring if students understand the concept? Is the question to develop their critical thinking skills? Aim for [...]

8.0 Teaching Adults

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Teaching AdultsTeaching Adults Make it relevant! Adult learners need to be able to see the relevancy of what they are learning. Will they improve their skill set? How can this new learning experience improve their work performance? Is the online training event you're developing going to give them the information they need to master a [...]

9.0 – Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Wine Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Wine Tasting MethodologyWine Tasting ListExtra Wine Tasting TipsTypical Examples Types of Red Wine GrapesTypical White Grape varietalsWine Tasting EquipmentWine Tasting Equipment Your wine adventure began in Wine Essentials I and now that you are familiar and confident with the tasting aspect of your studies, we can and will expand the horizon for [...]

10.0 The Pairing Of Food and Wine

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Sensory PerceptionMatching foods with wineSensory Perception Sensory perception When it comes to our perception of wine there are a few things to consider: Appearance Sight is obviously not the most important sense when it comes to assessing a wine. It is certainly possible for a wine to look very appetizing but turn out to be [...]

11.0 Some Important Tips

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Some Important TipsSome Important Tips Ensure you know your subject well. Master what you are about to teach. Ensure your pronunciation is correct. Be aware of current affairs on the subject or area you will be covering.   Lesson layout Review what you taught the last time Let the student know what you will teach [...]

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 Activities

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Activity 1: You can select your own specific subject on wine in advance and you will need to prepare for that and deliver a 15-minute lecture via Zoom. You are to create a lesson plan, learning objectives and deliver the subject matter. Activity 2: You will be given 10 minutes to prepare a talk on […]

4.0 Growing Conditions.

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

Growing ConditionsWeather and ClimateWeather and Climate Part 2What happens in the vineyard during the different seasonsThe Old WorldThe New WorldThe future of WineGrowing ConditionsGrowing Conditions Vineyard in Champagne As human beings, we strive to be better all the time. Bringing up a child is no different than caring for grapes. How can that be, you [...]