Get to grips with the fascinating world of wine on this 4 week introductory course. Run over 4 sessions, this is designed for people who enjoy wine and want to learn more about it, in a fun, friendly and relaxed setting with no previous wine tasting experience necessary!
At the end of the course you will :
- Be able to taste wine like a professional
- Have learned how to assess the quality of a wine
- Be able to tell if a wine is faulty
- Understand the world’s most important red and white wines
- Have tasted 27 different wines!
- Know how to match food with wine
- Understand wine labels and improve your confidence in selecting wines
- Plus lots more!
Week 1 – Introduction to Wine Tasting
This first session will cover the basics: how wine is made and where in the world it comes from, how to taste wine and assess it like a true professional, tasting 6 of the most important wines in the world and improving your senses with our ‘Nez du Vin’ aroma kit.
Week 2 – White wines of the world
This evening we’ll move on to talk about white wines and taste 7 delicious examples along the way. We’ll talk a bit about the grape varieties and what they taste like as well as the wine regions that they come from, consider their potential for food and wine matching and further hone your wine tasting skills. We'll also cover things like use of oak, find out which is better - cork or screw cap, and bust a few common wine myths along the way.
Week 3 – Red wines of the world
Here we’ll explore the huge variety of red wine styles to be found. From light and fruity Pinot Noir to the smoky, spicy Rioja; the elegant Cabernet Sauvignon to the behemoth that is Australian Shiraz! As well as trying 7 more fantastic wines, we’ll also talk about tannin and why some wines get better with age, as well as some other useful tips like why/when you should decant wine and what temperature to serve it at.
Week 4 – Scottish Food and Wine Matching
The last evening is all about how to match food and wine. We’ll taste 7 different delicious Scottish delicacies with 7 different wines from around the world and understand how a good pairing can make a massive difference to both. It’s also a celebration of this country’s amazing natural produce – think Arbroath smokie with Sancerre, Highland venison with a juicy Zinfandel, Strathdon Blue cheese with Sauternes and others! You’ll pick up some really useful tips that you can put to good use at home as we talk about the building blocks of wine; acidity, alcohol, tannin and sweetness and the affect these have on food.
So join us on this 4 week course and change the way you think about wine forever! You’ll try some amazing wines, meet some great new people with a shared interest and have a fantastic time along the way.
Comprehensive tasting sheets, course notes and use of professional ISO wine tasting glasses are included.
This course is available to buy as a gift for the wine lover in your life.