SITHFAB029 - Conduct a product tasting for alcoholic beverages

    Unit code: SITHFAB029 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Nicholson
    SITHFAB021 - Provide responsible service of alcohol
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to set up and conduct product tastings of alcoholic beverages and provide information on the key characteristics of the alcohol on offer for tasting. It requires the ability to taste and self-evaluate products on offer, set up and conduct tastings, interact with customers and maintain products at optimum quality throughout the product tasting.
    The unit applies to hospitality, retail and wholesale organisations that conduct product tastings of wines, beers, spirits or liqueurs.
    It applies to frontline sales and operational personnel who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision. This includes beverage sales consultants, winery sales staff, bar specialists, sommeliers and bar attendants.The sale and service of alcohol, including in product tastings, is subject to the provisions of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) law in each State and Territory of Australia.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

    Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

    • set up and conduct at least three different tasting sessions for at least two of the following types of alcoholic beverages:
    • beer
    • fortified wines
    • liqueurs
    • sparkling wines
    • spirits
    • still wines
    • maintain products at optimum quality throughout the above product tasting sessions
    • provide accurate product information in the above product tasting sessions on key characteristics of the specific alcoholic beverages on offer for tasting
    • respond to customer questions in a professional manner throughout the above product tasting sessions.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

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