DP Foundation Wine Course

Welcome to Wine: Your First Taste of DP!

DP Foundation Wine Course Introduction

The Dragon Phoenix Foundation Wine Course is a fun, introductory wine class.

This course is a one-day class, with a multiple-choice exam held at the end of the teaching day.

The Dragon Phoenix Foundation Wine Certification Course is a beginner level wine course catered to the actual needs of Chinese consumers. We have created this course very much for those new to wine in this exciting but sometimes challenging Chinese market!

In this course, you will be introduced to the main styles and types of wine and will learn how to pick the right bottle for you and enjoy it free from the concerns of overwhelming choice or even fake wines!

DP Advantages

  • Professional

    We have three Masters of Wine (MW) in mainland China as well as many other experienced educators. Top-quality teaching guaranteed!

  • Independence

    DP offers fully independent wine services in the selection and teaching of wine allowing an objective and non-biased learning experience.

  • Critical Thinking

    DP encourages and trains students to think critically about wines.

  • Tasting Practice

    DP sources the wines for each course from the entire Chinese market and even from abroad. We help our students understand how to taste wine and build up a more professional tasting profile, often through blind-tasting!

  • High Pass Rate

    DP specialises in training students for exams and boasts an extremely high pass rate: higher than the global average in all of our certified courses.

  • Logistics

    In addition to providing relevant programme schedules and arrangements, DP’s attentive course assistants help foster the best from students and aim to respond quickly and efficiently.

  • Cutting-edge Knowledge

    With first-hand knowledge of the world’s wine regions, DP shares its expert wine knowledge with all its students. All educators are required to stay up-to-date!

  • Boutique Wine Classrooms

    We accept very limited numbers of students for each class to guarantee the quality of the learning experience and classroom environment.

DP Educators

I believe wine can be an essential part of a happy and healthy life! Join me in furthering your understanding.

Zhu Tang

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Chengdu
I was Dragon Phoenix's first local educator! With experience in Napa, having studied at UC Davis and for the Master of Wine, I try to bring my passion and advanced knowledge to every class!

Gus Zhu

Master of Wine, WSET Certified Educator - Beijing
I began teaching in 2000 and have taught at Tsinghua and Cambridge Universities. But with Dragon Phoenix I get to teach wine in all its facets to the widest audience possible!

Edward Ragg

Master of Wine. Co-founder of Dragon Phoenix. Tutor of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines - Beijing
With my experience in many parts of the wine industry, I like to bring my travels and professionalism together into my teaching and classes.

Linda Zhang

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Diploma Candidate - Shenyang
With my practical winemaking studies, I like to explain how wines are produced. I specialize in fortifieds as well as the wines of Germany, Australia and Alsace!

Chang Liu

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing
'Oh My God! You should know your WSET Level 3 by now....!'

Fongyee Walker

Master of Wine. Co-founder of Dragon Phoenix. Tutor of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines - Beijing
I believe that it is the mission of every wine lover to spread wine culture and the sheer joy of wine! J‘amais en vin, toujours en vin.

Lin Wang

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder - Dalian
I'm very energetic and passionate about wine both in my classes and personal life!

Sang Liao

WSET Diploma Candidate - Beijing
Keep Calm and I Will Help You Pass Your Exams!

David Xing

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing
I'm a university lecturer who's passionate about wine and its beauties in life!

Ying Sun

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Chongqing
I like to blend wine and culture with my background in translation and advanced studies in wine. A bit of humour always helps too!

Yonan XU

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. WSET Certified Educator - Shanghai
I'm a wine educator who also specializes in whisky!

Wilson Zhao

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Qingdao
I am good at sharing stories that make wines alive and fun!

Xiao Lei Duan

WSET Certified Educator. WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits holder. - Beijing and Dalian


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What Our Students Say

Studying for and completing the WSET Diploma Award in Wines and Spirits at Dragon Phoenix was not a particularly difficult experience, but it was never easy! Fongyee’s analysis of the WSET Level 4 Diploma course structure is very important and highlighted to me how, although each unit is independent, the learning is holistic. Xing Wei also provided some support with exam answering skills, which was very helpful and allowed us to understand exam strategy better.

GUO YUE - Beijing

WSET Level 4 Diploma Online Course Graduate

It’s been just two years since I started learning about wine! Transformed from a beginner to a super-fan; from enjoying simple self-study to exploring the professionally structured training at Dragon Phoenix; from feeling an emotional connection with wine, then developing a systematic way of studying and tasting. I learnt everything with passion and have become more professional too! This has provided me the opportunity to understand more advanced information about wine, even though there is always more to learn. If you really love wine, you should know that, thanks to the WSET and Dragon Phoenix's education programs, more people in China are now coming into the wine world with a professional and serious attitude!

XIE Jiabei - ChongQing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate

I started the two-year WSET Level 4 Diploma course in September 2015. I am very fortunate to have learnt about wine from Fongyee and Edward – especially in regards to blind-tasting and wine business knowledge – because if you only count on yourself it will be a long process of accumulation. Also, in the selection of wine, Dragon Phoenix is very conscientious. They always try to use some typical but sometimes hard-to-find wines and many wines have been brought by educators when they travelled abroad. Dragon Phoenix’s logistics are, frankly, perfect. Ding Li (we call her “Boss Ding”), who is Dragon Phoenix’s WSET Level 4 Course Co-ordinator, works really hard to help everyone customize their study plans so that we have no worries and can concentrate on the exam. Every time exam results come out, she will inform us straight away. I must say, in the two years of studying, Boss Ding's emails and WeChat messages are my most anticipated things! Finally, I feel that my biggest motivation in learning WSET Level 4 is the inspiration from Fongyee and Edward and their attitude towards wine. After I passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines, my curiosity about wine became even stronger and I am now eager to continue learning even more.


WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Graduate

For me, wine is a happy thing. If I can gain knowledge, make friends and even set myself some goals while tasting wine, it can be even more fun! With Dragon Phoenix, I was fortunate to have all of these come true. Thank you!

WANG Chaozhao - Beijing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate

Learning at Dragon Phoenix is the most enjoyable educational experience I have ever been part of! The classroom atmosphere is active and comfortable; and, most importantly, the educators have super-professional knowledge and advanced teaching skills. Not to forget the great wine selections and study materials too! Dragon Phoenix is truly the top wine educational institution in China! Fongyee, Xing Wei, Liu Chang, Gus Zhu, Liao Sang… each educator has their own style, distinct personality and clear thinking! They are my wine family in Beijing. Love you guys!

Zhang Yiqun - Beijing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate, Frequent Student of DP Focus Course