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What is Dragon Phoenix?
Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting is an independent wine education and consulting company, which was co-founded by Fongyee Walker MW and Dr Edward Ragg in Beijing in 2007.
Specialists in wine education and professional tasting since 1999, Fongyee and Edward share over thirty years of experience in higher education having taught at Cambridge and Tsinghua Universities. They are joined by a team of enthusiastic educators and support staff with classrooms in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Dalian, Shenyang and Qingdao.
Dragon Phoenix also provides fully independent wine consultancy services for the China market(s) working with the China trade as well as private consumers, corporate groups, international wine companies, individual wineries, wine trade bodies and clients requiring in-market research.
What courses does Dragon Phoenix offer?
Dragon Phoenix offers a wide range of wine courses that meet different needs.
DP Focus Course: a short, concentrated course. The difficulty varies, depends on the topic. The required level is always advertised.
DP Foundation Wine Course: a 7-hour course catered to help beginners get started in the world of wine.
DP Intermediate Wine Course (including the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits): a 4-day course covering the major wine grape varieties, regions and wine styles with additional DP customized content.
DP Advanced Wine Course (including the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines): a 8-day course with in-depth tuition of all major wine growing countries, regions and wine styles with additional DP customized content.
WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines: this is The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s flagship qualification. This qualification is suitable for those working in the wine trade or advanced wine lovers who are seeking to progress to a higher level of expertise.
What is the WSET?
The WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is a professional institute based in London, UK. It is the leading global provider of wines and spirits education. All WSET awards are globally-recognized international qualifications. To learn more about the WSET, click here.
What is a Master of Wine (MW)?
A Master of Wine (MW) is someone who has demonstrated, by way of rigorous examination, a thorough understanding of all aspects of wine and an ability to communicate clearly.
Masters of Wine have completed the three stages of the MW programme and signed a Code of Conduct as part of the professional integrity accorded to the title. The Stage 1 Assessment is preliminary to the Stage 2 MW exams: which include 5 Theory exams and 3 Practical blind-tasting exams. The final stage constitutes a research paper on a topic approved by the Institute.
There are currently 382 Masters of Wine, living in 30 different countries across five continents (452 people have passed the MW examination since 1953). A Master of Wine will actively encourage others in the pursuit of knowledge as well as seek to bring wine communities together.
Fongyee Walker, one of the founders of Dragon Phoenix, is the only Master of Wine based in mainland China at this moment. The other founder, Edward Ragg, has passed the second stage of Master of Wine exams (three stages in total), and is one research paper away from the title!
Is the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines included in the DP Foundation Course? What is the difference between the two courses?
The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is not included in the DP Foundation Wine Course. It is a useful qualification, but our Foundation Course is developed by DP’s education team to suit our Chinese students and the dynamics of the Chinese market. The course is designed to give beginners a kick-start in wine, to help them gain experience in wine tasting, purchasing and storing wine in our market and with reference to global styles of wine. Students will receive a Dragon Phoenix Foundation Wine Certificate as a proof of successful completion of the course. Dragon Phoenix currently does not run the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines class, which can easily be taken with other WSET providers in China.
Why is DP more costly than other WSET APPs? What are the advantages of studying with DP??
1) DP is a fully independent educational specialist. We are not a wine import company or other wine business operator. Education is what we do and DP was among the very first WSET providers in mainland China. Since 2007 we have gained unique experience in teaching thousands of Chinese and international students as they prepare for WSET and other qualifications. Our quality and expertise was recognised by the WSET as one of the winners of the Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year (2016), one of only three companies attaining this award – out of 700 global providers – and the first and only company in mainland China to be honoured. We also have the most advanced wine education team in mainland China.
2) DP courses add value in numerous ways. As well as ensuring a high quality of teaching, we have created unique courses and materials to supplement our WSET offering. DP Foundation is designed to help wine beginners in China approach wine in this challenging market. DP’s Intermediate/Advanced Course handbooks are bilingual (i.e., Chinese and English) and exclusively designed for DP’s Intermediate/Advanced students. We have created unique homework and other forms of assessment designed to help you pass your WSET exams and enhance your understanding. DP Intermediate/Advanced students also receive a set of 6 ISO glasses to carry on your wine-tasting experience after class!
3) Class size and teaching environment. We like to keep things small and focused! In Beijing we typically offer no more than 16 seats in any given class; 14 seats in Shanghai and Shenyang and 12 seats in our other centres. This promotes effective interaction between teachers and students. All classrooms are student and wine-friendly environments in which to study. All classes are also supported by WeChat groups, in case you have additional questions or concerns.