Wines of Germany

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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

IntroductionIntroduction Introduction For centuries, the wine regions of Germany have focused on producing some of the highest quality wines in the world. In fact, at the beginning of the twentieth century, only France could rival the quality of Germany's wines. This is certainly owed, in part, to Germany's unwavering focus on producing the wines they [...]

2.0 History

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

HistorySuggested VideoHistory History German wines are among the most underrated wines in the world When the Romans were taking conquest of the north of the Alps, approximately 2000 years ago, they introduced viticulture and brought the first vines to the Mosel and later to the Rhine Ancient Romans conquered the region around 100 B.C and [...]

3.0 Geography

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

GeographySuggested VideoGeography Geography Germany's location at the heart of Europe has shaped its history and country in many ways as it borders nine countries, more than any other European country By size, Germany is the seventh-largest European country and from north to south, the topography varies quite dramatically Near the Swiss border lies Germany's largest [...]

4.0 Climate/Soil/Regions

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

ClimateSoilRegionsMain Wine Regions & Main VarietiesSuggested VideoClimate Climate An explanation of climate: Climate is not weather but includes weather and refers to the overall conditions of a specified area over a long period of time. It refers to conditions for at least one year and typically refers to conditions for a period of 30 years. [...]

5.0 Grapes

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GrapesSuggested VideoGrapes Grapes Germany has around 135 distinct grape varieties. With 64.5 per cent of Germany's vineyards dedicated to white wine production and 11.5 per cent to Pinot Noir, the remaining percent are other red varietals. Spätburgunder Spätburgunder red wine is what Riesling is to white wine: the best of the best Germany is Pinot [...]

6.0 German 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 to you are like finding a rare diamond. [...]

6.0A – 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 GERMANY. 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 [...]

7.0 Culture & Etiquette

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture & EtiquetteBusiness Culture/Etiquette in GermanyBusiness Culture/Etiquette in CanadaSuggested VideoCulture & Etiquette Culture & Etiquette Germany is at the heart of Europe, not only geographically, but also politically and economically Germany is regarded as the land of writers and philosophers Although Germany has influence over the countries bordering it - Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, [...]

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 [...]

9.0 Future

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

FutureSuggested VideoFuture Future For a long time, the reputation and success of German wines has been virtually associated with Riesling, although Germany has other advantages as well But what future lies ahead for the wine country? As Germany faces climate change, certain varieties will be challenged in their physiological structure However, such changes could provide [...]

10.0 Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySummary Summary For centuries, the wine regions of Germany have focused on producing some of the highest quality wines in the world Although two-thirds of wine produced in Germany is white, there is also some excellent red wine produced which is not completely unlike some of the reds produced in the cooler regions of France [...]

11. 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 [...]

12. 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 […]