Wine & Spirit Education Trust


Launched in June of 2015,  Mana Wine expanded an existing wine storage business
to introduce innovative, engaging, and impactful classes to industry professionals and
wine lovers at Mana Contemporary.  Mana Wine is dedicated to offering the very best
in wine programming and education.  It is with this in mind that Mana Wine is proud to announce that the prestigious program, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET),
will now be available year round.





Last year, over 27,500 students took a WSET program in 55 different countries.  
WSET, based in London, UK, offers four levels of wine and spirit qualifications and is the prerequisite for the Master of Wine program.  Mana Wine will offer two introductory courses and one advanced course guided by Susan Hesleitner, owner of New Jersey Wine School (NJWS).  After successful completion of Level 3, NJWS will send you off to either New York City or Philadelphia to continue your Diploma studies.  These classes promote, provide and develop superior quality education and sought-after qualifications for industry and non-industry professionals.  

See below to decide which class best suits your needs.


Cost: $325
(Industry Discount: $50) 

To register please email
or call 201.887.3233


Foundation Certificate in Wines

Level 1 is open to anyone and a great starting point to whether you’re seeking a career change or promotion, or simply want to deepen your wine knowledge. Note that you do not need to take Level 1 in order to take Level 2

Who Should Attend?

This qualification was initially created for the front-of-house staff within the hospitality and retail sectors.  It has grown into a course with global appeal, providing basic product knowledge to first time employees in the wine industry and the interested consumer. Students will gain a solid foundation of the global wine world, followed by basic but essential food & wine pairings.

Outline of Program

  • Main wine styles
  • WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to tasting
  • Characteristics of the common grape varieties used in wine production
  • Wine service
  • Health, safety and legal issues
  • Wine & Food pairings
  • Students need to successfully complete a portfolio of tasting notes and a 30 multiple choice exam to receive recognition


Cost: $675
(Industry Discount: $75)

To register please email
or call 201.887.3233


Level 2 involves eight-two hour sessions and a one hour multiple choice examination on the ninth week.  Each session will include a systematic tasting portion, in total you will taste 48 wines and spirits, including still (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Riesling), Sparkling and Fortified wines, as well as Spirits. Discover the soil, climate, viticulture and winemaking factors of France, Italy, Spain and other regions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa that ultimately affect wine style, quality and price.

Students who successfully pass a final examination, including a written and tasting portion, are entitled to the title “WSET Level 3 Certified” and to use the WSET logo on their professional materials.

Who Should Attend?
A trade qualification for wine and spirit employees that will give students an excellent foundation of product knowledge.  The course is also suitable for the interested consumer.

Outline of Program

  • How wine is made and other factors influencing  the style of wine
  • Key white grape varieties
  • Key black grape varieties
  • Wine-producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Wine & Food pairings
  • How to taste wine, using the Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • To achieve the Level 2 qualification, students must pass a 50 multiple choice exam to receive recognition and move onto Level 3


Cost: $1,550
(Industry Discount: $75)

To register please email
or call 201.887.3233


The course is only open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge. The Level Three Award is much more in-depth. It involves 37 hours of instruction on the major wines and regions of the world. You will taste six wines in every class (84 total) and continue your wine and food pairing exercises. The examination involves tasting two wines blind and writing an in-depth WSET-standardized tasting note, short answer questions, and a multiple choice exam. It is a class for those with a broad knowledge of wine and those persons who are serious about obtaining a wine credential. It is also the prerequisite for the Diploma level (fourth level) of the WSET program.

Who Should Attend?

The course is only open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge.  It is strongly recommended that students complete the Intermediate Certificate before progressing to the Advanced Certificate.

Outline of Program

Session One – Wines and Spirits of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation, bottling and labelling regulations
  • France, Italy, Spain & Portugal
  • Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe
  • South Africa
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • North, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines of the World
  • Fortified Wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs of the world
  • Information and advice for customers and staff
  • This session is evaluated by a multiple-choice of 50 questions and essay portion

Session Two – Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World

  • Systematic Approach to Tasting - how to taste wines and evaluate the quality, style and price
  • This session is evaluated by an internally assessed blind tasting of two wines


For registration and additional information
please contact Susan Hesleitner,
New Jersey Wine School