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WSET Foundation Congratulations

Wine Academy’s results for its second WSET Foundation course, held in January at the Edinburgh Hotel, are in and we’re pleased to announce that all candidates passed with flying colours! Results were even higher than our first course, with an average mark of almost 94%.

Congratulations to all the students. You should all feel very proud of your achievement!

And a reminder to anyone interested in either WSET Foundation or Intermediate – registration is now open for both courses. WSET Foundation is on Saturday 17 April and WSET Intermediate begins on Saturday 1 May.

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New WSET Course Dates and Some Tastings

You may have noticed that we’ve released our second lot of course dates for 2010.

The WSET Foundation course will be run on Saturday 17 April. The course runs from 9am and the day wraps up around 5pm. The course fee of $200 includes lunch – as well as the study guide, study notes, the exam and the wines tasted.

Registrations for this course close on Monday 5 April, but, as the class size is limited to 12, we recommend registering sooner rather than later.

The WSET Intermediate course will start on Saturday 1 May. We start with a full day on the Saturday and complete the course with 5 sessions of 2 and a half hours on Monday evenings. The final session will be on Monday 31 May. The exam will be held at the end of this class. During the course we will taste around 50 wines from all over the world. The course fee is $650.

You can sign up for Foundation here, and Intermediate here.

We’re running the courses again at the Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars in Mitcham. It’s a great venue and, if you want to check it out (and taste some wine!) prior, they’re currently holding tastings in the Cellars on Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm.

This weekend (Saturday 20 February) they are featuring two Tasmanian wineries, Moorilla Estate and Joseph Chromy.

Next weekend (Saturday 27 February) you have a chance to taste wines from Austria, as well as meet winemaker Bert Salomon.

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Time Running Out to Register for WSET Foundation Course

Seasons greetings from Wine Academy!

We hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas and still has some energy left to welcome in the New Year in style!

If anyone does have a New Year’s resolution to learn more about wine, our WSET Foundation Course would be an excellent way to tick it off the list in January.  You’ll have to book your place quickly, though, as registrations close at 5pm (Adelaide time) on Monday 4 January.  There are still places left, but the class size is strictly limited to 12 students, maximum.  You can sign up online here.

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Wine Course Christmas Gift Certificates

Along with last week’s course announcement we mentioned that gift certificates are available for both the WSET Foundation and Intermediate Certificate courses that we’re running in January.

We’re so pleased with the design of the gift voucher that we thought it deserved a show-casing post of its own!


The personalised gift certificates are printed on a smart cream glossy card, making an ideal stocking filler for the wine lover in your life.

They are an ideal Christmas present for anyone with an interest in wine and would also make a fantastic corporate gift.  Of course, if you need a certificate for an occasion other than Christmas please get in touch.  We can customise them appropriately.

Bear in mind that both courses are limited to strictly 12 people.  In particular, if you are interested in the WSET Foundation course, a third of places have been sold in the first week registrations have been open.

Time to get shopping!

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WSET Wine Education Courses for January 2010

If you’ve visited the Wine Academy website over the last week you’ll have noticed that we’ve announced course dates for January 2010.

In summary, we’re running the WSET Foundation and Intermediate courses, both starting in January.

We’ll be starting the year on Saturday 16 January with the WSET Foundation course.  This is a full day course (so yes, we start at 9am) and the emphasis is learning basic wine tasting technique along with what it can tell you about a wine.  We taste seven wines with a focus on the main grape varieties used in wine making around the world and take a look at wine making and food and wine matching.  We wrap up with the exam and you can expect to be finished around 5pm.  The day is a lot of fun and offers a solid grounding in the principles of wine and wine tasting.  It’s suitable for front line retail or hospitality staff who want to gain confidence and wine drinkers who want to expand their palate and formalise their knowledge.

The course costs $200 and includes study guide, exam, all wines tasted and lunch.

Being a one day course, Foundation makes a great Christmas present and we offer personalised gift certificates.

Details about the WSET Foundation Course and sign up here.

The WSET Intermediate course starts on Saturday 30 January.  We commence with a full day on the Saturday and then follow this up with 5 Monday evening sessions (7 – 9:30pm), from February 1 through to March 1.  Intermediate is more detailed than Foundation and, again, the emphasis is on learning through tasting.  As well as a more in depth look at what happens in the vineyard and the winery we take a tour through the main wine producing countries of the world.  You’ll need to have your wine tasting boots on for this course as we taste around 50 wines, but it’s also a great way to try something (or somethings!) new.

The course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in wine.  It’s ideal for more experienced frontline staff or those who work with wines from around the world.  If you’re a consumer who wants to learn in more depth about wines of the world then this is the course for you.

WSET Intermediate costs $650 and this includes study guide, exam, lunch on the Saturday and all wines tasted.  We’re happy to provide gift certificates for Intermediate but please check with the recipient first, as it does require considerable commitment!

Details about the WSET Intermediate course and sign up here.

Both courses will be held at the Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars in Mitcham and class numbers are strictly limited to 12.

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A quick note to congratulate the students from the WSET Foundation Course run at the Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars at the end of August.  Everyone passed  with flying colours and there were some very high marks!

I’d also like to apologise, on behalf of the WSET, to these students for having to wait so long for their results.  Postal strikes in the UK have been causing chaos and continue to do so.

We’re in the throes of planning both Foundation and Intermediate courses for early 2010 and hope to have details ready by late November.  If you’re interested in further details, please do contact us!

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Wine Academy now offering WSET courses

Here at Wine Academy we were very excited to receive our Approved Program Provider (APP) status from the WSET.  This means that we are now able to teach the WSET’s Foundation and Intermediate courses in Adelaide!

The WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) was founded in London in 1969 and has become the world’s foremost wine and spirits education body.  The courses are highly regarded world wide and provide both consumers and industry with a structured and methodical approach to wine education and appreciation.

In order to deliver the courses in metropolitan Adelaide, we’re thrilled to have join forces with the Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars in Mitcham.  Our first Foundation Course is running on Saturday 29 August, from 9am.

The course fee of $200 includes study guide, exam, light lunch and, of course, all wines tasted.

If you’re interested  in wine and want to learn more, this is a fun way to spend a day!  The fact that you’ll also come away with an internationally recognised qualification is just a bonus!

Find out more about the Foundation Course or sign up now!

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Edinburgh Cellars Shiraz Challenge

This year’s Edinburgh Cellars Shiraz Challenge takes off tomorrow (Sunday 28 June) at 11am, running through to 4pm.

Tickets are $30 at the door and include a glass and a $5 purchase rebate. It’s probably a little late now to think about booking for lunch at the pub, but that’s no excuse not to turn up. There will be about 300 Shirazes available to taste – and if you vote for your favourite wine there’s a chance to win a bottle of every wine on tasting.

Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars, High Street, Mitcham, SA, 5062, map.

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Wine Tasting at Holdfast Bay Community Centre

Our inaugural tasting is to be held at the Holdfast Bay Community Centre on Thursday 9 July 2009, running from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Tickets are just $15 for our first event in Adelaide! Strictly limited to 12 places and over-18s only.
Book now using our cart below (payment by PayPal) or call Alex on 0414 562 859 to reserve a place!

At this tasting we’ll cover seven wines from local wineshops. If you find yourself always buying the same one or two wines, or only buying the weekly specials, this tasting is for you. We’ll taste wines a little out of the ordinary (across a range of price points) and discuss appropriate food matches.

The Holdfast Bay Community Centre is at 51 King George Avenue, Hove, SA, 5048. The tasting will be held in the Children’s Area.