For those who don’t know, the WSET – Wine & Spirit Education Trust – is the most important diploma in wines and spirits. It is internationally recognized and it’s a true institution in the wine sector. The WSET allows everyone to learn different tasting techniques to be able to talk more precisely about wine. It is a real asset on your resume since it is recognized on every continent!
The Levels of the WSET
There are four different levels of WSET:
- First, level 1 is for wine lovers who want to learn the art of wine tasting
- Then level 2 which is more technical. We will find questions about the grape varieties, the wine regions, wine labelling and wine making.
- Level 3 is for professionals. The aim will be to highlight the different stages of wine production: viticulture, winemaking, maturing or even the bottling.
- Finally the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is an expert-level qualification covering all aspects of wine.
1- Questions about wine
Here is a series of questions that can help you to get ready for the WSET. The questions are about wine in general.
1 – What is the style of Chablis?
2 – Which country produces the most wine (by volume) in Europe?
3 – What does the mention BSA (Gross Ageless) on a bottle of champagne?
4 – What are the terms “Gross” or “Gross without dosage” referring to on a bottle of champagne?
5 – What characteristics are generally attributed to a “Blanc de Noir” Champagne?
6 – What does a mature Margaux generally looks like?
7 – What characteristics are generally attributed to a Barolo?
8 – What are the aromas of a corked wine?
9 – What is Armagnac?
10 – Where are the sensors detecting bitterness located?
2- Questions about grape varieties and wine-growing regions
The next series is about grapes and wine producing regions.
1 – What is the most common grape variety in Bordeaux wines?
2 – In France, which wines do we associate with the “Riesling” variety?
3 – With which grape variety is Cognac made?
4 – From which grape variety is a Champagne made with the mention “Blanc de Blanc”?
5 – From Which grape variety is a Champagne made with the mention “Blanc de Noir”
6 – What is the most common grape variety in red Burgundy wines?
7 – What is the most common grape variety in white Burgundy wines?
8 – Which grape variety of origin of the Cahors has an important success in Argentina?
9 – Which grape variety is used to produce Meursault (Burgundy wine)
10 – Which grape variety is used to produce rosé wines in Spain?
11 – What wine is made from “Pinotage”?
12 – Which grape variety is used to produce famous white wines in both Germany and Australia?
13 – What is the main region of Sauvignon blanc from France?
14- Which region has a reputation for producing the best Chardonnay wine?
15- Which regions are part of the Rhône Valley?
16- Name one of New Zealand’s wine-growing region?
17- Which grape varieties are grown in the Alsace region?
18- In which country is Cava produced?
19- Where is the region called “Constantia” located?
20- Which regions have a reputation for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc?
21- In which country is the designation DOCG used?
22- Which is the main grape variety in the blending of Anjou rosé?
23- Do we mostly drink young or old Pinot Noir?
24 – Which grape varieties are often found in French and Spanish rosé wines?
3- Questions about wine production
Finally, here’s a series of questions of the WSET concerning the production.
1 – What do old oak containers (often barrels) bring?
2 – What term is used on Italian wine labels to indicate that grapes come from the historical centre of the production region?
3 – What does the Solera system refer to?
4 – Compared to red wines, at which temperature do white wines make fermentation?
5 – From which parts of the grape does the color, tannins and flavor come from?
6 – What does the German term “spatlese” mean in the wine sector?
7 – Which factor is the most dangerous for wine production?
8 – What is Botrytis?
9 – Of what size is a standard glass (ISO)?
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