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Sweet and Fortified Wines of the World

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415 Grand Ave Ste 301
San Francisco, California 94080
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this wine tasting class:

Nectar of the Gods

Sweet white wine used to greatly outnumber dry reds among the revered wines of the world. Return to sweetness, learning about the classic dessert wines of the world, other homes, various production methods, and styles. 

Discover through a guided tasting how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Dessert Wine lovers and those seeking to improve their wine tasting skills and knowledge.

This workshop may be taken on its own or as part of the World Varietal Series and includes a tasting of 5-6 wines.

This workshop may be taken as part of our Wine with Style series or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the full series if you would like to continue on.


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Refund Policy

Cancellations and reschedules for full programs are accepted up to 1 week prior to the start of the course with an option to transfer full credit to a future class OR receive a full refund.  Full program students who give at least 2 business days notice of their absence in an individual workshop within a regularly scheduled program may make up their missed class at the next available session.  No further make ups will be allowed.  

WSET by Grape Experience provides no refunds after a program has begun.  If you need to cancel registration in any other program after the 1 week notice period, you will be refunded $70 for each class that you do not attend with a minimum notice of 2 business days. Study guides and any other course material must be returned in unused condition or the cost of the materials will be deducted from the total refund.

If you need transfer to a future program after the 1 week notice period, a $150 transfer fee will be collected at that time.  All transfers must be initiated and paid in full before the conclusion of the original program.  With the exception of WSET by Grape Experience programs, your registration is fully transferable to another person for the same program and session with no fees.

There are no refunds available for individual workshops or special events.  Reschedules for the next available date are accepted for individual recurring workshops up to 2 business days prior to the originally scheduled date.  Reschedules are not available for special events.

If you are unable to attend a program, workshop or event and are not eligible for a reschedule or refund, consider offering your seat to a friend or colleague.  They will love you!  Notice for all cancellations, reschedules and transfers must be given by emailing [email protected]


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Our gorgeous new 4,000 sq ft top floor wine education center is located directly across from City Hall in charming downtown South San Francisco. Our sunlight-filled wine education center boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, City Hall and the San Francisco Bay. South San Francisco is 9 miles from downtown San Francisco, conveniently located next to San Francisco International Airport and the 280/380/101 interchange halfway between the airport and the former Candlestick Park. San Francisco Wine School is located downtown just blocks from Highway 101 at the intersection of Grand Ave and Maple Ave.

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