Napa Valley Wine Academy

Gifting the Joy of Wine: Start Your Journey with WSET Wine Level 1 at Napa Valley Wine Academy

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There is an old proverb that goes, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach him to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Well, the world of wine education offers a similar philosophy. You see, WSET Level 1 isn’t just about gifting someone a bottle of wine for a single night’s enjoyment. It’s about providing them with a course that opens the door to a lifetime of wine appreciation. By embarking on this journey with Napa Valley Wine Academy, enthusiasts are not just learning about wine; they’re gaining the skills to select, taste, and enjoy wine with confidence, enriching their everyday lives and special moments for years to come.

This beginning step on the wine education journey lays a robust foundation, empowering students to make informed choices about wine, enhancing both daily experiences and special occasions. Students start to develop tasting skills, learning to appreciate wine’s nuances, not just consume it.

Empowering Informed Choices:

WSET Level 1 is a launching pad for wine enthusiasts to make empowered, informed decisions about wine. It imparts essential knowledge enabling students to confidently choose wines that elevate daily moments and celebrations. This newfound confidence transforms the process of selecting wines from guesswork to an informed decision-making process.

Tasting Skills Development:

The course initiates students into the art (and science) of wine tasting. Through the WSET’s systematic approach to tasting (SAT), students learn to discern and appreciate the nuanced flavors and aromas in wine, moving beyond mere consumption to a deeper appreciation of what’s in their glass.

Wine and Food Pairing Basics:

WSET Wine Level 1 introduces the principles of wine and food pairing, opening up new avenues for culinary exploration. Students learn how different components of wine, such as sweetness or alcohol level, impact the taste of foods. For example, a high alcohol wine will make spicy food taste even hotter. Food and wine pairing principles are discussed during class and then put into practice via a food and wine tasting exercise where students taste different wines with different foods. This hands-on experience gives students practical skills they can use to enhance dining experiences for years to come. 

Building a Wine Community:

Enrolling in wine education is more than just learning about wine; it’s about joining a community. WSET Level 1 connects students with fellow wine lovers, fostering a supportive network of enthusiasts and learners, united by their shared passion.

Confidence in Wine Conversations:

This level equips students with the vocabulary and knowledge to confidently engage in wine conversations about the major grape varieties of the world. This empowerment enriches social interactions, enabling students to share their insights and experiences, and partake more fully in the wine culture.

Foundation for Further Learning:

As the foundational level of WSET’s wine studies, Level 1 sets the stage for advanced learning. It lays the groundwork for deeper exploration into the world of wine, preparing students for potential further qualifications and professional development in the industry.

Accessibility and Flexibility:

Napa Valley Wine Academy’s online courses for WSET Level 1 underscore the academy’s commitment to accessibility. These courses make starting your wine education journey possible from anywhere, ensuring that anyone, regardless of location, can embark on this enriching path. The optional wine kit enables students to taste along with their instructor and peers from the comfort of their own home. 

Through the WSET Level 1 course at Napa Valley Wine Academy, students receive more than an introduction to wine; they gain a lasting appreciation and understanding that enriches every sip. Just as teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime, gifting someone a wine course opens up a world of enjoyment and knowledge that lasts forever. This level is not merely a step into wine education; it’s the beginning of a lifelong journey, equipping enthusiasts with the keys to unlock the full pleasures and complexities of wine. 



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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Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

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Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

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


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559