Wines of New Zealand

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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

IntroductionIntroduction Introduction New Zealand is the backdrop to the iconic movies of "Lord of the Rings," a location with the celestial beauty of Middle Earth. Snow-capped mountains running through the country, surrounded by ocean, cascading waterfalls, fjords, hot water springs, steaming geysers, volcanoes, pristine beaches and extraordinary glaciers. New Zealand boasts a land of abundant [...]

2.0 Wine History

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Wine HistorySuggested VideoWine History Wine History In the early colonists' gardens, grapevines were a common sight, and the first wine recorded in New Zealand was already bottled at the time the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 The first documented planting of grapevines was at Bay of Islands in 1819 and was done by [...]

3.0 Geography

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographySuggested VideoGeography Geography The island of New Zealand is situated in the southwestern part of Polynesia, in the South Pacific The small Island of New Zealand is located about 1600 kilometres southeast of Australia its nearest neighbour New Zealand consists of two large islands, which have snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful landscapes, and it is [...]

4.0 Climate/Soil/Wine Regions

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilRegionsSummary of Main Wine Regions & Main VarietiesSuggested VideoClimate Climate Climate is at the forefront of every media, including newspapers, and is the most pressing concern. Its importance cannot be stressed enough. As climate has a major impact not only on a global scale that affects our lives, one must certainly understand how climate effects [...]

5.0 Grapes of New Zealand

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesAdditional ResourcesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes White varieties: Sauvignon Blanc Different, powerful, impassioned. The variety that shone light to New Zealand wines New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is compellingly aromatic, with notes of bell pepper, gooseberry, passion fruit and tropical fruit. Fresh cut grass, tomato stalks, grapefruit or lime are some of the other notes When the first [...]

5.0A – 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 WINES OF NEW ZEALAND. For some of you the wine adventure began with Wine Essentials I and then Wine essentials II. By now you are familiar and confident [...]

6.0 Cuisine

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

CuisineSuggested VideoCuisine Cuisine The standard "meat and three veg" food fare for most of the people of New Zealand has British origins. But the tastes of New Zealanders are changing and migrants have brought into the country new foods and flavours. Originally discovered between 1200 and 1300 CE by Polynesians, Maori ("the people") settled the [...]

7.0 Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

PairingsSuggested VideosPairings Pairings Introduction  In order to pair any meal with wine, you must know the local / regional culture and tradition of serving food. This is a universal rule and it would serve you well to consider; strange customs are like finding a rare diamond. Don't be offended, but think of it as a [...]

8.0 Culture & Etiquette

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture & EtiquetteBusiness Culture/Etiquette in New ZealandBusiness Culture/Etiquette in CanadaSuggested VideoCulture & Etiquette Culture & Etiquette Culture There is a very special and diverse culture in New Zealand. The indigenous Māori people's culture influences New Zealand's literature, arts, and even accents. Their position in the South Pacific and their passion for nature, outdoors, sports, and [...]

9.0 How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

How to Read the Label / Bottling / PackagingSuggested VideoHow to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging Bottle Shapes The advent of glass for wine containers propelled the marketing, durability and commercialization of wine. There are four main styles of wine bottles. They are: The [...]

10.0 Future

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureSuggested VideoFuture Future The wine industry in New Zealand recorded its 24th consecutive year of export growth as of June 2019 This continued development is focused on the reputation of New Zealand as a first-class wine exporter, New Zealand's distinctive craft and marketing, and high-quality, high-value wines Ongoing investment in the quality of New Zealand [...]

11.0 Summary

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySummary Summary It wasn't until around 1836 that James Busby vinified the first grapes planted by James Marsden. The Roman Catholic Missionaries in the Hawke's Bay, built the oldest existing vineyard, Mission Estate. Although grapes were definitely grown and wine was produced in New Zealand, it was primarily for religious use rather than income. The [...]

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 […]