DIPLOMA PREP: Mastering D5 Fortified

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The WSET Diploma is one of the most respected and prestigious wine courses in the world... and it's more than a little challenging. You're going to spend close to $10,000 getting through this program, so make sure it's a success!

Join me on a condensed overview of WSET D5 Fortified, where you'll quiz yourself to success on the wines, regions, and producers that you need to master. Included are quizzes on every wine for D5, including the base wine, fortification, and maturation process for: Port, Sherry, Madeira, Vins Doux Naturels, and Rutherglen Muscat. I created this course from the study notes, cue cards, and spreadsheets that I used to pass Fortifieds with Distinction on the first try! Fully updated for the 2020 D5 Study Guide.

Each week, we'll review and work our way through the D5 wines, helping keep you accountable for getting through the curriculum material.

By Module 6, we'll have reviewed each style and region, to make sure you're prepared for the big exam. You'll be guided through the material and assignments as a new module is released, with helpful prompts from me. Upon enrollment, you'll have access to Modules 1 through 5.

Module 1: Sherry

Module 2: Port

Module 3: Madeira

Module 4: Vins Doux Naturels

Module 5: Rutherglen Muscat

Module 6: Bonus Modules (Master Quiz & Exam Strategy Prep)

Every section will have a variety of activities to complete, that will help you process the huge amount of information covered: cheat sheets so you can get key facts for each section, taking quizzes to see where you need to improve, and when you just can't study anymore - there are pre-selected youtube videos that I've assembled so you can put them on autoplay.

This course is designed especially for WSET* Diploma students (*Please note, this course is not affiliated with WSET Global, it is a quiz prep course based on my personal experience studying for the Diploma, and desire to have a resource for reviewing the material) - it doesn't replace the reading and studying that are a MUST in order to pass your exam, but it will help keep you accountable and guide you through a review of the curriculum!

Get ready to feel confident going into your WSET Diploma D5 exam

The course includes extensive quizzes for each module, plus downloadable cheat sheets, and weekly homework challenges (such as mind maps and brainstorming exercises). You will have to a new Module each week, along with helpful guidance on preparing for the final exam in the Bonus Module.

Bonus: a massive D5 master practice exam with over 500 key questions that you can take again and again to help you study. Quiz yourself in line at the grocery store, on the train, while waiting for an appointment, or at the café! The quizzes can be taken an unlimited number of times.

Want to get a head start on your WSET Diploma D5 studies? This is the course for you.

Your Instructor

Rachel von Sturmer
Rachel von Sturmer

Hi, I'm Rachel! My passion is learning about wine and sharing wine knowledge. I developed this course after not being able to find a condensed online wine study program while prepping for the WSET Level 3 & the WSET Diploma. The theory units in these programs are some of the most challenging exams I've ever encountered.

This prep course is perfect for WSET students who need help studying these challenging wines and regions, and provide extra accountability getting through the material. My goal is that after studying and using the prep course, that you'll walk into your exam feeling confident and prepared for success.

I'm a wine writer and beginner wine grower; I'm currently a student in the Master of Wine program, having successfully completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma program after 15 months of study, passing every unit on the first attempt. I've also been awarded the Vinitialy Italian Wine Ambassador, designation, and published Winetripping, a guide to the wineries of British Columbia's Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.

My husband and I own a 5 acre organic vineyard in BC's Similkameen region. In my free time, I love visiting ancient ruins, growing heirloom tomatoes, cozy pubs with friends, Star Trek TNG reruns, and of course, trying new wines.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
After registering for the course, you have access for 12 months - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund. If you sell similar training programs or courses, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Who should take this course?
This course was designed specifically for students of the WSET Diploma* (Please note we are not affiliated with WSET).
What level of WSET should I be to take this course?
This course specifically covers Level 4 Diploma D5 Fortified wines.
What format is this course in?
The course contains 6 modules, that you can take over and over for each region covered by the D5 WSET Diploma curriculum. Committing info to memory is easiest when you actively quiz yourself! The master practice exam has over 500 key questions to help you memorize important names, places, numbers, and dates. There are weekly assignments, cheatsheets, and quizzes.
What supplies do I need?
You'll need a supply of cue cards to write on, dry-erase markers, and access to a printer (to print out the cheat sheets in each module).
How much time does it take to complete this course?
Allow for 5-10 hours per week to study for your D5 exam, depending on your exam schedule. If you have more time to devote, even better, especially in the final weeks before your exam! There are 6 modules in this prep course, and at a minimum you'll need to have read the corresponding sections in the Study Guide, and made your own study notes on each region, in order to be successful.

Are you considering the WSET D5 Prep Course?

As I completed the Diploma, I noticed candidates really need a site to help study and prepare for what are some very challenging exams. We do so much reading, research and studying, and spend a LOT of money on this course, so where's the mobile-friendly site that helps us learn via self-testing, with features like quizzes (lots and lots of quizzes), and review assignments. A framework to refresh our memory, check to see if we have weak areas that we need to review, or just a fun way to spend an hour in the evening.

I've compiled all my spreadsheets and notes from my Fortified studies into quizzes that you can use to review the material, check where you may have weak areas, and study effectively. These modules will lead you through a review of the curriculum and help keep you on track with your study plan. They've been fully updated to the 2020 D5 Study Guide.

While studying for Fortifieds, I needed help self-testing for active recall of the material. What I needed was something organized, easy to use, and online. The goal of this prep course is to give you a ton of challenging questions that are completely focused on the Fortified Diploma curriculum.

Happy studying!


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