Rack and Return Barcelona, WSET Wine Courses

Rack and Return Barcelona, WSET courses set in trendy neighbourhood Poble Sec.

Does it not sound extremely appealing to learn more about the elixir of life a.k.a wine and the wonderful world that surrounds it?

I consider myself a full-time-wine-sipping-enthusiast, so I could not say no when fellow blogger Rob dangled WSET level 1 course run by Rack and Return in front of my eyes.

Rack and Return Barcelona - Level 1 WSET wine course
Rack and Return – Level 1 WSET course

Rack and Return is a wine school in Barcelona run by Michael Salverda Co-founder WSET Diploma and Fintan Kerr Co-founder and Head Educator, WSET Diploma, Wine Writer and International Wine Judge.

Together as Rack and Return they offer WSET courses in both English and Spanish; level 1, level 2 and level 3, tastings and team building events in both English and Spanish.

Some of you might already be familiar with WSET, but if you are not, here is WSET’s own words;

«The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts.» – WSET

Rack and Return Barcelona - WSET Level 1  wine course
An introduction to wine – WSET Level 1 course – Rack and Return Barcelona

WSET Level 1 course by Rack and Return

We did our WSET Level 1 course on sunny Saturday in Rack and Return’s private space in Poble Sec. The course goes over a full day (09h – 17h). The level 1 course is a beginners’ wine course, which is aimed at anyone with little or no previous knowledge in the world of wine.

Rack and Return Barcelona
Rack and Return Barcelona

A full day learning about wine with Rack and Return

During the wine course, Fintan took us through the process of winemaking and viniculture. We learnt about the most commonly grown grapes in the world and their differences, how to store wine the right way and why. And something that I think we all newbies struggle with; food and wine pairing, what goes with what and why is that?

Last but not least, how to taste wine the correct way. In edition to sniff, sip and swirl the right way, one needs to do it in IRL, in tangible action. So our wine educator Fintan Kerr had lined up a selection of white and reds from both the new world and the old world for us to try.

Looked, sniffed and tasted our way through France, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Germany, Spain.

Rack and Return Barcelona
Rack and Return Wine Courses

WSET Level 1 is a professional and formal course (where you get a certified qualification if you pass the exam). With Fintan as a teacher, he made the course fun, easy and interesting. Breaking down the how and why, so it seems less complicated.
You can really see his passion for the wine world and loves sharing his knowledge with his students.

Old World Wines at Rack and Return Barcelona

Exam by the end of the day – Rack and Return Barcelona

At t the end of the day, all of us had the WSET Level 1 test (examination fee included in the price). A 30 question long exam about everything we learnt during the day.
There is quite a lot of information to take in but totally manageable.

For lunch, we all went out for a quick bite to eat at Denassus, a fantastic wine bar/ restaurant just a couple of minutes walk. SO WORTH checking out!!

Wines from both old and new world tried and tested at Rack and Return

If a course with Rack and Return sounds like something you would love to do here are dates of the course that they have available from March to May.

Upcoming Courses with Rack and Return 2020:

·WSET Level 1 in Spanish – Saturday 14th March

WSET Level 1 in English – Saturday 28th March

WSET Level 2 in English – 3rd, 4th and 5th April

·WSET Level 2 in Spanish – 23, 24 and 25th April

·WSET Level 3 in English – 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd May

You wanna do WSET Level 1 and Level 2 online – No problem!
Click on this link ->>  https://rackandreturn.com/online-wine-courses/

Don’t forget to use my discount code if you sign up to a course with Rack and Return!

Appetiteandotherstories10 you get a 10% discount!




Who is it for WSET Level 1 :
Anyone, a professional starting his or her career, wine enthusiasts wanting to expand their wine knowledge and gain a certified qualification.

WSET LEVEL 1 – 229,90€ + IVA

WSET LEVEL 1 Full day – 09h to 17h

Carrer Pedreres 12, 08004 Barcelona




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