Wines of Italy

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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 With more than 800 varieties of wine grapes, 20 distinct wine-growing regions, hundreds of years of winemaking, its Roman Empire history and influences from other nations, Italy has so much to offer to its consumers. The wide range of different cultures in the 20 wine regions is one of the most significant factors [...]

2.0 Wine History

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1.0 Wine History. Before the Romans in the 2nd century BC, Etruscans and Greek settlers produced their own wines in Italy.

3.0 Geography

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2.0 Geography The peninsula of Italy is 1000 kilometres long and stretches into the central Mediterranean along with several islands to the south and the west.

4.0 Climate

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3.0 Climate . Climate is at the forefront of every media, newspaper, and is the most pressing concern. Its importance cannot be stressed enough.

5.0 Soil

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

SoilNorthern ItalyNorthwest ItalyNortheast ItalyWestern CentralEastern CentralSouthern Italy & The IslandsSoil Soil An explanation on soil types: Sandy Soil - This kind of soil retains heat but not water. For this reason, sandy soils are great for areas that experience a lot of rainfall. Grapevines that like warm soil thrive in sandy soils. This type of [...]

6.0 Grapes of Italy

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4.0 Grapes Sangiovese Most planted variety in Italy. Sangiovese is the sole variety permitted in the renowned Brunello di Montalcino DOCG in Tuscany and is the base for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the popular Chianti wines. As well as “Super Tuscan” wines.

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 ITALY. 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 Cuisine

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5.0 Cuisine The Romans and the Barbarians. The Romans were renowned for their lavish feasts, which included exquisite dishes and ample quantities of wine.

8.0 Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

6.0 Pairings .Eating is a pleasure, many of us enjoy every day. The ability to pair food and wine together that will deliver a true art and kaleidoscope of flavours in our mouths is a skill.

9.0 Culture & Etiquette

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7.0 Culture & Etiquette . The Roman Empire epicentre, the centre of Catholicism and the emergence of the Renaissance was all founded in Italy. It’s rich in art, history, religion, food, architecture and fashion.

11.0 Future

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9.0 Future. John Wilson, the wine correspondent for The Irish Times says “Italy is big in the wine world.

12.0 Summary

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10.0 Summary The history of wine started in Mesopotamia in around 300 BC. Wine was then introduced to Southern Italy by the Greeks. And then the Romans refined the wine-making process.

13. 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 [...]

14. 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 […]