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An Introduction to Wine Appreciation

Taught by Amelia Singer

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

Course outline

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Wine regions and producers

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

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Amelia Singer

    • Start course anytime from March 1st 2020
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Amelia Singer
    • Certificate of completion from Amelia Singer
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    Start anytime from March 1st 2020
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course anytime from March 1st 2020
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
    Learn more
    Start anytime from March 1st 2020

Course Description

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.

About Amelia Singer

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 a range of authentic, fun, helpful and ultimately accessible wine tastings. Her diverse range of skills and services means that Amelia was recently shortlisted for the IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year Award. This is the most prestigious, international award that one can be awarded for Wine Education and Communication. Amelia is a new young, female voice in wine and she has made it her aim to demystify the snobbery around wine and empower people when it comes to making wine decisions – either in a supermarket aisle or when the wine list is handed to you on a first date.  Wine can be extremely serious and intellectual but she is adamant it is meant to be fun. Quietly confident and yet elegantly understated, Amelia is part of a new generation of women in food & drink making wine fun and accessible. Amelia has been in the wine industry for the last nine years and has completed the prestigious WSET Wine Diploma. She studied at Trinity College in Dublin, was brought up in England but has lived and worked in Europe and South America.  Having worked in wineries all around the world (Bordeaux, Rioja and Chile) as well as with well known retailers, importers, online Fine Wine merchants and exciting new wine start ups, she has gained a holistic appreciation of the wine industry. Amelia also hosts monthly wine supper clubs in her own home in Notting Hill as well as regular tastings with restaurants, bars, corporate entertainment and inside private homes. Her keen interest in pairing music with wine has seen her co-host wine and music events with the City Of London Sinfonia, Garsington Opera, Omnibus Performing Arts Centre in Clapham, Jazz wine nights with the singer Lucinda Belle and even sing herself at the O2 Academy Islington for the wine trade’s annual charity event SKIN CONTACT Live.

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