Enjoy Discovering Wine

Former WSET Level 2 Student – Lisa Shewring

Each month, Erica interviews one of Enjoy Discovering Wine‘s former WSET student’s and the article is featured here. This month Erica has interviewed former WSET Level 2 Student -Lisa Shewring.

When you signed for the WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits what did you want to have happen?

I signed up for the WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits because I wanted to further my knowledge and expertise in wines and wine tasting having already completed WSET Level 1 in Wines whilst on placement working in the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the knowledge gained would help me to feel more confident when up-selling and recommending wines to customers. Especially aspects such as food and wine pairing, evaluating wines confidently in the form of a tasting note, and understanding the labels on wines without needing to taste. I think food and wine pairing has become increasingly important, especially in the hospitality/events industry. It helps waiters/waitresses when recommending complementary wines with dishes.

The course has helped me to feel confident when explaining to the guests’ host the reasons for selecting the recommended wine from the wine list. I would say it gives me satisfaction knowing that the guest is happy with my recommendations and that I’ve provided a good quality service. Moreover, this level of self-assurance helps to instil confidence in the guest when making a decision. I believe I can now evaluate wines based on its geographical indication, vintage, alcohol level, style, and production techniques.

The course was thoroughly informative, supported by excellent resources and compelling content. I would highly recommend the course to people currently working in the hospitality/events industry or to those in higher education studying hospitality/events management degrees. Personally I think the course is also an excellent addition to a CV.

Having the opportunity to taste and evaluate a large variety of different wines from around the world, tasting different wines that I had never tried before, and having a further appreciation of recognising the differences between a good quality and outstanding quality wine, the course was a valuable opportunity and learning experience.

What would you say to someone thinking about doing their WSET but think it might be too expensive (or just not sure whether to invest)?

I have noticed that more and more companies are requesting the WSET qualifications on their job vacancies, therefore it is recommended that students undertake the WSET courses available to enhance their opportunities following graduation.