Napa Valley Wine Academy

Enhancing Wine Selection Skills with Napa Valley Wine Academy’s WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

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Diving into Napa Valley Wine Academy’s WSET 2 Award in Wines marks the beginning of a significant leap in wine knowledge and selection skills. This comprehensive course not only sharpens personal wine selection capabilities but also equips you with the acumen to choose wines for others effectively. By thoroughly exploring diverse grape varieties and wine styles, it simplifies the complex wine world, making you adept at selecting the perfect bottle for any occasion or preference.

Understanding the diversity of wine

For instance, when you’re in a wine shop, faced with rows upon rows of bottles, the knowledge from WSET Level 2 allows you to decipher labels and understand the significance of regions, grape types, and winemaking practices. This understanding transforms the daunting task of choosing a wine into a delightful exploration, ensuring that you can select a wine that not only suits your taste but also complements specific dishes or occasions perfectly.

Understanding others’ palates

Moreover, the course empowers you to confidently recommend wines to friends and customers, tailored to their preferences and the nature of their event. Whether it’s suggesting a crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough for a summer party or a powerful Barolo for a dinner gathering, your recommendations will be based on solid knowledge and understanding of wines from around the globe.

Understanding Wine Labels

Deciphering wine labels becomes second nature with the WSET Level 2 Award. This section of the course demystifies the often cryptic wine labels, teaching students about appellations, wine laws, and terms that are indicators of quality and style. With this knowledge, selecting a bottle based on its label becomes an informed choice rather than a guess, leading to better satisfaction with purchases.

Tasting Skills Development

The development of tasting skills is a cornerstone of Level 2, enabling students to assess quality, identify potential faults, and appreciate a wine’s complexity. This enhanced sensory perception not only elevates personal enjoyment of wine but also informs better selection when buying wine for oneself or as a gift, ensuring quality and preference alignment.

Food and Wine Pairing

Understanding the dynamics of food and wine pairing can dramatically influence wine purchasing decisions. The WSET Level 2 curriculum introduces students to this art, providing the foundation to select wines that complement specific dishes perfectly. This knowledge is invaluable for hosting dinners or choosing the perfect wine for a meal out, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Global Wine Regions and Styles

Exploring the world’s key wine-producing regions and their signature styles broadens students’ horizons, encouraging adventurous wine selections. This global perspective gained from Level 2 empowers students to venture beyond their comfort zones, exploring unfamiliar wines with confidence and discovering new favorites that reflect the diversity of the world’s vineyards.

Napa Valley Wine Academy’s focus on student-centered learning, combined with the expertise of their instructors, ensures that every student is equipped not just with knowledge, but with a passion for wine that enriches every choice they make. Through engaging lessons and practical examples, students learn to appreciate the nuances of wine, making the process of selection not just easier, but also more enjoyable. 

This course not only enhances your wine selection skills but also enriches your overall appreciation of wine, making every glass a more informed and enjoyable experience.



Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559