Level III: Advanced Blind Tasting Course

A Level III Certification Course


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Blind tasting involves tasting and evaluating wines without any knowledge of their identities. This is done because knowing the identity of a wine prejudices the evaluator for or against a wine because of its geographic origin, price, reputation, or some other considerations.

There is an art and science to tasting a wine blind and then deciphering what it is. Like any query there is a set way to solving the problem. Think of a glass of wine as a jigsaw puzzle with the label of the wine the finished product. The sight, smell and taste of the wine are pieces of the puzzle to ultimately determine what it is in the glass.

Tasting a wine blind is one of the best ways to establish an unbiased opinion about the wine. Any knowledge that you have about a wine can cloud your judgment or influence your assessment. To be a wine expert you must develop objectivity in wine evaluation. Therefore, the best way to make an objective (honest?) assessment is to know nothing at all before performing an evaluation and making a determination as to the quality and value of a wine.

Tasting a wine blind compels the taster to concentrate on every aspect (large or small) of the wine. Most wine professionals taste in either a single-blind (where you may know a piece of information such as the country of origin or grape varietal) or double-blind. Double-blind means that the taster knows absolutely nothing about the wine before it is poured. This is a very good tool to use in honing your tasting skills. This course trains you for double-blind evaluations.

This course is a required course for Level III Certification and is used as a preparation course for the 5-wine double-blind Master Candidate entrance exam.

The cost for registration, course materials and wine is $2000. This also covers the cost of the master candidate five-wine double-blind entrance exam.

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The Blind Tasting Course covers:

These courses and tastings are a must for the serious student of wine, whether you are an informed enthusiast or a professional. You should have completed the Advanced Wine Course and a minimum of one Advanced Regional Course before taking the Blind Tasting course. These prerequisite courses are explained on the following pages:Advanced Wine Course and an Advanced Regional Course.

All wines tasted in this course count towards either a Senior/Executive (Level II) or Master level certification (Level III) in the Guild.

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