If you are contend on knowing about wine alone, then the courses from Singapore Polytechnic should be able to provide relevant knowledge. If you want to study about spirits as well, then the WSET courses may be more ideal. There are wine enthusiasts who first begin with the Singapore Poly certificate and then at a later date go on to take up the WSET courses as well.
If you are keen to seek employment as a sommelier or beverage manager, then the Court of Master Sommelier accreditation may be more appealing as it covers 'other beverages and service' part as well. This course is well received in Singapore within the F&B community.
The recent years have also seen good interest from those in the wine community for the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) accreditation. Apart from those in the wine trade, others like writers, wine hobbyists and serious enthusiasts have gone on to obtain this certification.
Hope the following info helps :)
Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS)I hear that this popular and demanding certification (both Levels 1 and 2) will once again be held in Singapore in the near future. For information on registration you can email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).There are 2 course providers in town who can help you.
1. Wine & Co Consultancy conducts Levels 1-3. For details on future intakes you can visit: http://www.winenco.com/educate.html
(To what I hear, the upcoming Level 1 is on 19 Jan 2013; Level 2 on 23 Feb 2013 and Level 3 on 2 Feb 2013. You can contact them for more info at 65478179).
2. SHATEC's Continuing Education and Training Dept is conducting Levels 1 - 4. For courses under SHATEC you can visit http://www.shatec-cet.sg/cet-workshops/lifestyle-workshops.html
French Wine Scholar (by French Wine Society)This course is introduced locally via Wine & Co Consultancy. The information about the previous course details state that it is crafted into a '4 sessions of 6-hour classes; average 10-12 wines offered for tasting each class; and its for people in wine trade and hobbyists as well'. For information on future intakes visit : www.winenco.com/educate.html
Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by Society of Wine EducatorsFor those keen on taking this certification locally, Mr Lim Hwee Peng will be able to assist you. You can seek more information via: www.winecraftmktg.com
1. Certificate of Performance in Science and Business of Wine
This is a local wine certificate awarded by Singapore Polytechnic. It has conducted more than 20 intakes of this course. The next course commences in 21 Jan 2013. Information can be found at www.sp.edu.sg (look under 'Continuing Education and Short Courses'.
2. WSQ-Provide Advice on WineThis course is also conducted by Singapore Polytechnic. The next intake starts on 20 Feb 2013. Information can be found at www.sp.edu.sg (look under 'Continuing Education and WSQ courses'.
Have a good year discovering wines.