Level 1 – Introduction to Spirits
Online Certification Course
Learn the basics of all of the major spirits in this introductory online class.
This online course explains how all the key spirits are made, where they come from, what they taste like, and how to drink them. Expand your knowledge of brandies, gin, vodka, rum. whiskey. tequila, and more in this introductory course that presumes no prior knowledge and has no pre-requisites.
Go beyond the basics with a 50 page book that elaborates on the course material, and is included in the enrollment fee.
Upon successful completion you will receive a Fine Vintage certificate.
PRICE: $99 USD
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The course begins with the history of spirits and then dives into the important stages in production. Following that you will learn about all the key categories, including extensive modules on Whiskey and Brandies.
You will finish the course knowing the major brands, what they taste like, and how to serve them.
There are 10 modules:
Module 1: History and Production
Module 2: Brandies and Fruit Based Spirits
Module 3: Gin
Module 4: Vodka
Module 5: Rum
Module 6: Whiskey
Module 7: Tequila
Module 8: Anise Based Spirits
Module 9: Liqueurs
Although not required to pass this course, a list of recommended spirits to supplement your studies can be found by clicking here.
Learn Anytime, Anywhere
You can begin immediately once you enroll, and take the course anytime you want, from anywhere. Typically it takes between 4-6 hours to complete the course, depending on your learning style and speed. You have an unlimited amount of time to complete the course. Additionally you will receive our 50 page study guide in a PDF by email.
Examination & Certification
At the end of the course there is a 50 question multiple choice exam. You need to get 65% of the questions correct to pass. If you fail the exam you may retake it free of charge. Upon successful completion you can access and print your certificate. This certification is useful for all those in the drinks trade and hospitality business, and a source of pride for those taking it for general interest.
PRICE: $99 USD
4 – 6 Hours
Fine Vintage Certification
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Who Takes this Course?
Everyone with an interest in spirits! The majority are those with a general interest in spirits, who want to learn more about their passion. But the certification is highly desirable and respected in the drinks and hospitality businesses. Many take it for their careers.
We recommend you take it on a computer or ipad rather than a mobile device. As soon as you enroll you will receive an email with a login and password. You can get started instantly and complete it in one sitting, or you can take an unlimited amount of time and devour it bit by bit.
We recommend you take it on a computer or ipad rather than a mobile device. As soon as you enroll you will receive an email with a login and password. You can get started instantly and complete it in one sitting, or you can take up to 90 days and devour it bit by bit.
Is it difficult?
No, it is an introductory course. Some modules, like Whiskey, contain a significant amount of information because it is warranted, and it is fascinating. We do not presume any prior knowledge. We have tried hard to make it accessible and approachable to the novice.
Are There Pre-Requisites?
No. Anyone can enroll immediately.
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Will I get a certification from Fine Vintage online courses?
Yes. As soon as you pass the exam you will have access to your personalized certificate in a PDF.
How do I take the exams?
You take them Online at the end of the course. There is no need to come to an exam centre.
How many times can I re-take the exam?
You can take the exam as many times as necessary until you pass. Once you pass you are not permitted to re-take the exam.
How long does it take to do these courses?
The estimated course times are noted above in each course description.
What is the refund policy?
All sales are final. There are no refunds.
Is it true that these courses were created by Masters of Wine?
Yes. James Cluer MW and Philip Goodband MW created these courses over many years.