WSET - Level 1 Sake WSET

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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake & so much more...

A beginner level introduction to sake for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore sake for personal interest.

Prerequisite: None

This 6-hour, one-day course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of sake, and sake and food pairing. You will:

  • Explore the main types and styles of sake through sight, smell, and taste
  • Develop an understanding of the factors affecting sake aroma and flavour
  • Practice describing sake accurately, using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake
  • Learn how to serve and store sake
  • Experiment with food and sake interaction 

Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:

  • WSET L1 Sake Workbook
  • Enhanced food and sake pairing exercises (alert us to allergies/preferences upon registering)
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam

All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

Available formats: Fall 2020 Semester

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake Online via Zoom with WSET Certified Sake Educator and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay
  • Dates: Mondays, January 18 & 25, 2021.  2 x 3-hour sessions on Zoom live from 10:00am to 1:00 pm.
  • Upon confirmation of registration, you will have access to the WSET L1 Sake Workbook in electronic format, as well as a suggested list of recommended sake tasting samples to purchase and taste in your own time at home.  If you prefer, you can order a 6 x 300mL package of sakes from Metropolitan Wines and Sakes for $105 + tax for delivery within the GTA or Montreal.  If interested, please contact Vivian at Metropolitan at
  • You will also receive a link and password to join the two Zoom online class sessions and access to course session recordings on Zoom during the duration of the course.
  • In order to join IWEG’s Zoom online classes, all you need is a desktop computer and a solid WiFi connection. It is assumed students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a reasonable standard of written and spoken English.
  • Exam date: IWEG is now able to offer online examinations for online WSET Level 1 and 2 courses through a remote invigilation service, as long as you meet specific technical requirements. This means that IWEG students can continue their learning wherever they are without having to wait or travel to complete the exam in person at the school.
    Please contact Anne Theunissen at to learn if you qualify for the remote invigilation technical requirements and to schedule your exam date.  If you cannot qualify for remote invigilation a "face-to-face" exam will be scheduled for you at IWEG's campus in downtown Toronto at a suitable date.

Course Fee

$395.00 CAD all inclusive. Please note that IWEG is HST exempt by the CRA. Income tax receipts are issued to all students for the applicable tax year.

IWEG's Cancellation and Refund policy:

Withdrawal up to specific course deadline date: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal after deadline date no refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.

Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.

Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:

When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date, which is indicated in your Course Schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded.

If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:

·  For WSET Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 days before the exam date, by writing to

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to

·  You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.

·  You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.

· Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.

· After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.

·  The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.


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