Q: Where is the school located?
A: We are located in Miami, FL, and teach classes in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Naples and online. Our address is 15904 SW 92nd Ave, Miami, FL, 33157.
Q: Does the school offer parking?
A: We do not provide parking validation, however there are plenty of garages nearby that offer various rates. We are also very close to a Metro Mover station, and we encourage the use of Lyft or Uber.
Q: How many courses do I have to take before I become a sommelier?
A: A sommelier is more about a job title than a single certification. Our students go on to work as sommeliers after they complete our courses, but also in distribution, import, consulting and the yachting industry. Ultimately it will be the job you apply for and the requirements of a future employer that determines when you are a sommelier.
Q: What is WSET?
A: WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) is a globally recognized provider of wine, spirits and sake education. Based in London, they are designed for people who are just starting out in their careers, established professionals, and enthusiasts.
Q: I’m taking a WSET online course. Do I have to come to the school to take my exam?
A: Online exams are now available for WSET Level 1 in Wines, Spirits and Sake and Level 2 in Wines and Sakes. Please contact us for dates.
Q: I took a course at another school but didn’t pass. Can I re-take my exam at Florida Wine Academy?
A: Yes, we are happy to organize a re-sit for a past exam. Please contact us at email@example.com for additional details.
Q: Do you have to be 21 years old to attend the classes and tastings?
A: Yes, we require that everyone who comes to our certification and non-certification classes be at least 21 years old.
Q: Will I get my WSET exam results on the same day?
A: As per WSET regulations all exams must be marked by them in their London location. For WSET Levels 1 & 2 you will have your results back in about 6 weeks. For WSET Level 3 the results take approximately 10 weeks. Results are delivered ASAP by email, and the certificates and pins are mailed out a few days later.
Q: I am traveling to take a course form outside of the United States. Can my materials be shipped to another country?
A: Yes, we do ship materials and certificates to countries outside of the United States, however the additional cost of shipping will be passed on to the student. All domestic shipping is included in the price of the course.
Q: I am interested in taking a course but I am not ready to commit to a date. Can I buy only a textbook from WSET?
A: We do not sell materials unless a student is officially registered for a course. If you are taking a Level 2 or 3 course and you pay only the deposit up front you will still receive your materials right away.
Q: What is the difference between the WSET Online and Webinar courses?
A: The WSET Online courses are done as complete self study, with students having access to their online modules for a set period of time. The webinars are live, instructor-led sessions that meet at set times. Students participate with web cams and microphones, and have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. The materials, presentation, exam, certificate and pin are the same for all courses.
Q: I live in a country or state that does not allow wine shipments from Florida. Can I use other wines?
A: Yes, students who live in a region that we cannot ship the 305 Wines packs to can purchase wines on their own. You will want to make sure the grape, region and/or style are the same but the producer does not have to match.
Q: Is lunch included in the cost of the all-day courses?
A: Lunch is not included, however students will get a 45-minute break to eat. Nearby places for good, quick meals include Whole Foods, Starbucks, Salad Box, Clove Mediterranean Kitchen, and a greek restaurant.
Q: Do you offer scholarships or discounts for courses?
A: We do not offer scholarships through the school, however there are some organizations that offer them to people working in the wine industry. Please ask us for more details. We do not offer regular discounts, however our VIP Membership Club is available for purchase that gives discounts on all classes and events.
Q: How soon after I register for a course can I expect my materials? Can I download them for immediate access?
A: If an order is received before 4pm the materials will be shipped out that same day, for orders received after 4pm materials will be shipped out the following day. We use priority shipping so you will have your books 1-2 days after you register for a class. Only students enrolled in the WSET Levels 1 in Wine or Spirits will be able to access materials online, otherwise everything is done with text books.