Class Schedule

Tastings at the Essex Resort and Spa

Tastings at the Essex Resort and Spa

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Join us at the Essex Resort and Spa for a weekly wine tasting. You'll be introduced to viticulture, wine making, major grape varieties, storage and service of wine and how to taste like a pro all while we taste our way through 6 wines. There will be some light appetizers to enjoy as well. Seating is limited so book your spot today. Click here and then go to the Culinary Calendar under Cook Academy to register.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


The WSET Level 3 Award in Wine is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts. It is designed for individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines. This qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo. To register please use this form.

Italian Wine Scholar - Unit 1

Italian Wine Scholar - Unit 1

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Embark on the most advanced and comprehensive specialization program on Italy bar none!

The Italian Wine Scholar™ curriculum is an Italian wine education program designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization program on Italy bar none! It was created by native Italian, Maurizio Brioggi, DWS, FWS with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia.

The Italian Wine Scholar™ program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ program.

Like the French Wine Scholar program, the Italian Wine Scholar program also confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams  (Ex: John Smith, IWS)

The Italian Wine Scholar program is composed of two separate units:

                        Unit 1: Northern Italy

                        Unit 2: Central & Southern Italy

You can visit our course description to see what we will cover in Unit 1.

To register fill out this form.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits

Thursday, May 4, 2017 to Thursday, June 29, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

This course is appropriate for those in the wine and spirits trade and consumers with a serious interest in wine who want to significantly broaden their knowledge of wine and spirits. Over the course of eight 2-hour sessions we will cover the major wines and spirits of the world. There will be a one-hour, 50 question multiple choice exam during the ninth session. Each of the eight sessions will include the tasting of 5-6 wines or spirits to illustrate the topics of discussion. Each student will receive a study-pack consisting of the textbook for the course, ‘Wines and Spirits: Looking Behind the Label’, along with its corresponding study guide complete with self-study sample questions and answers and space to record tasting notes. For most there is no need to take an introductory course prior to enrolling in the Level 2 Award. Upon completion of the exam students will be awarded the WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits.

The classes will take place at Essex Resort and Spa. To register fill out this form.