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An Introduction to Wine AppreciationTaught by Amelia Singer

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I consider wine to be one of the Arts – one that can complement and enhance music.

  • Understanding grapes

  • Tasting techniques

  • Know what to Order In Restaurants

  • Pairing food and wine


Think you know your Nebbiolo from your Counoise grape variety? What year would be the best Riesling to sip on? Making the right choice in a supermarket aisle or looking at a wine menu during a date can be a daunting experience.

For many of us, ordering wine in a restaurant is like shooting darts with our eyes closed. We set the bar quite low for ourselves when it comes to defining success, and often we’re content just to hit the board. We may aim for a delicious wine (and strive not to embarrass ourselves in the process), but how can we expect to consistently nail our target when we’re shooting blind?

In this unique introductory online course, Amelia Singer combines a rigorously thorough understanding of wine with a witty and charming ambience – you will finish the course energized and confident about your own abilities to order wine in restaurants.

If you choose the expert version of the course, Amelia will advise you personally to meet your own objectives for the course. You will come away with the confidence to choose the right wine for you, for the right occasion.

The course covers wines from California, Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and many more.

You will learn how to taste like a professional, how to store & serve wine, & taste over 12 wines from the world’s top wine regions. When you book your course, you will be sent your case of wine from Berry Bros and Rudd to accompany the course, which you will be asked to taste throughout your recommended 4 weeks.

Amelia is a global wine expert, being half French and half Californian (living in London) she has experienced firsthand many of the world’s finest wines and vineyards. She is already a media fixture having featured on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube and has written for Jamie Oliver’s website as well as the Drinkstube blog. Currently Amelia is weekly contributor to digital food recipe platform Great British Chefs and Wine Expert on ITV’s The Wine Show.

The Curriculum

  • 1. Basic Grapes

    Know the basic grapes and their personalities.

    Intro to the “Big 6” The best foundation for learning about wine is the Big Six grapes: the 3 white grapes and 3 red grapes behind a really high proportion of the world’s top quality wines. Once you know their names, body style and taste profile, you will know quite a lot about many of the wines you encounter in wine stores and restaurants.

    Tasting the “Big 6” – White Wine Grapes This is the perfect tasting for you to lock in floral and green apple-y Riesling, citrus-and-herb-scented Sauv Blanc, and fruit-drenched Chardonnay. After this tasting you’ll know what body style and taste to expect from the 3 most important white grapes in the quality wine world.

    Tasting the “Big 6” Red Wine Grapes To taste it is to know it, and these 3 red grapes are THE most important to know–you see them everywhere! You’ll also see the range in tannin and body between smoky-cherries Pinot Noir, cedar & blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, and pepper & berries-tinged Syrah.

  • 2. Wine Tasting Techniques

    Know the right way to hold a wine glass. Master wine tasting techniques in 3 simple steps. Be a confident wine drinker in social and business events. How to store and serve wine. And how to taste so you look like you’ve done this before.

  • 3. Wine regions and producers

    New World (fruit-forward) or Old World (earthy). Know their differences, key wine regions, and reliable producers.

  • 4. How to Order Wine in a Restaurant

    Know what to do in a restaurant. Be aware of wine faults. Know when to send a bottle back. Understand Wine Labels. Wine labels tell a lot. Learn the clues to assess a bottle's quality and character.

Meet your expert tutor

Amelia Singer is a TV presenter on The Wine Show, Wine Writer for Waitrose Food Magazine, UK Ambassador for the California Wine Institute and Founder of Amelia’s Wine – an event business which offers...read more

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