Wines of China

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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 VideosIntroduction Introduction Wine culture has made a dynamic impact on the way the Chinese people live and it continues to make an incredible impact into the new century. It has influenced ceremonial respect for ancestors, festivities, celebrations of family events and business. Alcoholic beverages from China are mostly made from grain. With a large [...]

2.0 History

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

HistoryAdditional ResourcesSuggested VideoHistory Timeline 10,000-4,000 BC: Wine vessels made of pottery have been traced back to the Neolithic Period 2070-1600 BC: A wine vessel called a Jue during the late Xia Dynasty, which was believed to be more than 3500 years of age 128 BC: General Chang Chien comes back to China in 128 BC [...]

3.0 Geography

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographySuggested VideoGeography Geography Mountains, high plateaus and deserts dominate the landscape in the western regions of China, whereas in the central and eastern regions, the land slopes into broad plains and deltas. Mountains Major mountain ranges in China include: The Himalayas along the border of India and Nepal The Kunlun Mountains in the central-western region [...]

4.0 Climate/Soil/Wine Regions

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilGeographic RegionsWine RegionsSuggested VideoSummary of Main Wine Regions & Main VarietiesClimate Climate Climate is at the forefront of every medium, 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, but certainly also when we understand how [...]

5.0 Grapes of China

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Cabernet Gernischt Cabernet Gernischt is a red variety grown widely in China, especially in Shandong and Ningxia It is abundantly grown at Changyu, one of China's largest and most historic volume producers, and is one of the 124 foreign grape varieties Chang Bishi brought over In 1931, the dry red wine was [...]

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 CHINA. 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 [...]

6.0 Cuisine/Pairings

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionCuisinePairingsSuggested Wine List One Should Try In Their LifetimeSuggested VideoIntroduction 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 [...]

7.0 Culture & Etiquette

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture & EtiquetteBusiness Culture/Etiquette in ChinaBusiness Culture/Etiquette in CanadaSuggested VideoCulture & Etiquette Culture & Etiquette Core concepts Modesty Filial piety Guanxi Interdependence Stoicism Face Unity China is the most populous country in the world China is the world's most populous nation with the second largest area of land Its cultural influence can be seen through [...]

8.0 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 Bordeaux Bottle This is [...]

9.0 Future

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureAdditional ResourcesSuggested VideoFuture Future Although China has a long history of centuries-old wine-making and alcohol production, the country has emerged largely in the global wine industry only in the past two decades China is among the top 10 for total wine consumption and the world's number one market for red wine consumption The growth of [...]

10.0 Summary

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummaryAdditional ResourcesSuggested VideoSummary Summary There's been a rise of several prominent wine-making regions in China and an increase of Chinese wineries producing internationally acclaimed wines over the last decade The quest for specific regions that will produce the best grapes for domestic production is now underway Ningxia, an autonomous region with a cool, dry, semi-desert [...]

11.0 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 [...]

12.0 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 […]

Additional Resources:Ningxia Xige Estate

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary 2020 01 25 DECANTER Ningxia wines What s on the horizon 2019 04 Is the Xige Estate China s Penfolds Thr Drinks Business 2019 04 China s Wine Egg Hatches Jim Boyce Wine searcher 2020 03 NINGXIA XIGE ESTATE Intro UK Suggested Video Suggested Video