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Wine Course: Practical Wine Lessons

After these lessons, you should be comfortable tasting wine socially, ordering wine in a restaurant, buying wine in stores, and speak like a wine pro.

Lesson

Key Objectives

1. Wine Tasting Techiniques

 

  • Learn the right way to hold a wine glass
  • Master wine tasting techniques
  • Know what to look for when sniffing a glass
  • Be able to write basic tasting notes and speak the wine lingo

2. Red Wine & Guided Tasting Exercise

 

  • Know what are the 3 most common red grapes [Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir]
  • Learn how to describe and differentiate red wines
  • Know what to order in restaurants
  • Discover your palate preference

3. White Wine & Guided Tasting Exercise

 

  • Know what are the 3 most common white grapes [Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay]
  • Learn how to describe and differentiate white wines
  • Know what to order in restaurants
  • Discover your palate preference

4. Reading wine labels

 

 

  • Learn how to read a wine label
  • Know what to look for to determine if a bottle is worth its price
  • Avoid becoming a victim of marketing. Learn label terms that sound prestigious but in reality, do not guarantee quality

5. Serving Wine: Glassware, Temperature, Aeration and Decanting

 

  • Know what glassware to use for what wine
  • Get the most aroma and flavor out of your wine by serving it at the right temperature
  • Know the serving order when there are several bottles
  • Know when to aerate and decant
  • Know when NOT to decant (equally important)

6. Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

  • Know the key consideration factors
  • Learn how to identify a faulty bottle and return it to the restaurant

7. Wine Cellaring: Aging, Storage Condition, and Drinking Window

 

  • Understand how wines age
  • Know which type of wines can be cellar
  • Know which type of wines will not improve with age
  • Learn storage condition to avoid ruining your wines
  • Understand the optimal drinking window to avoid turning your wines into vinegar

Click on any of the above links to go to a certain chapter or proceed to Lesson 1 here.