WHERE IS THE NEW ENGLAND WINE ACADEMY LOCATED? The New England Wine Academy (NEWA) main classroom location is in Hartford, Connecticut, and offers courses, seminars and events at the Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt. It should be noted that NEWA is not affiliated with Thomas Hooker Brewery, and only uses the meeting-room space at the brewery. Any inquiries or questions regarding NEWA classes or seminars should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England Wine Academy also offers classes, seminars and exams at satellite locations, as needed or authorized. These site locations and addresses will be included with all course offerings and descriptions, or under the respective Corp Client page, as needed.
HOW CAN I REGISTER AND PAY FOR A CLASS OR COURSE AT THE NEW ENGLAND WINE ACADEMY? Advance payment is required for all classes and programs. You can register and pay through our Classes registration page using most major credit cards.
DO PEOPLE GET DRUNK AT YOUR CLASSES? NEWA recommends a moderate consumption of alcohol and invite all the students enrolled in its courses to spit the wines tasted during the tasting sections. This is a proper professional approach to alcohol training and is the preferred and recommended practice for all sessions. Additionally, NEWA will not be responsible for any allergic reaction students might have during or soon after the course. Students who are under medical treatment or suffer from diseases which are incompatible with alcohol consumption, pregnant women and people under the legal age to purchase and consume alcohol in Connecticut or the location of any satellite course will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course. While this will not be a barrier to successfully completing the qualification for some classes (ie: WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Award), it will be a barrier, instead, for more advanced qualifications, such as WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits. In this case, they cannot participate in the wine course under any circumstances. The same rules will apply to candidates who choose not to taste alcohol for religious or other reasons. Students must communicate to NEWA any medical or physical incompatible circumstance before enrolling in the courses and before the start of the course. Students will be solely responsible for any damage/harm caused either to themselves or to third parties because of an inappropriate use of the course material, including glasses and wines, or due to intoxication.
WHERE DO I SIT THE EXAM FOR A WSET COURSE? All WSET exams are conducted in-person at either the Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt, or at a predetermined satellite location, which will be described in the specific course offering information. This applies to both in-class and online courses.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH WSET COURSE IS RIGHT FOR ME? It depends on level of knowledge and readiness for the level of study
WSET Level 1 is really for anyone with limited knowledge of wine or spirits.
For non-industry students looking for a better understanding of the world of wine and spirits.
For industry students who are new to the trade and need to establish a base knowledge of wine and spirits to further their career knowledge.
WSET Level 2 is an intermediate level and requires basic knowledge of wine and spirits.
For non-industry students who have some familiarity with certain beverage categories, but are looking to build and expand their beverage knowledge.
For industry persons looking to take their skill set to the next level with deeper knowledge of specific categories, to develop better pairing skills, as well as to become more effective in communicating specific beverage knowledge to their clients.
WSET Level 3 is an advanced level and requires intermediate knowledge of wine and spirits.
For non-industry enthusiasts who are looking for a more comprehensive knowledge base of wine and/or spirits.
For industry persons looking to advance their understanding and add a higher-level qualification to their skill set.
WSET Level 2 Award is a prerequisite for advancing to this level.