Amelia Singer

Wine Appreciation

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    $200

    Includes personal feedback and tuition. More

  • $75

    Learn in an online classroom with no more than 20 classmates. More

Course Description

Join wine expert and presenter from The Wine Show, Amelia Singer, as she teaches you about wine appreciations - including how to taste wine, choose wine and pair wine with food.

Think you know your Nebbiolo from your Counoise grape variety? What year would be the best Riesling to sip on?

In this wine course Amelia will give you an understanding of grapes, wine and wine regions, so you can be confident about choosing wine, when to choose white wine, red wine, or rose wine and combining wine with food. Plus she'll explain the "coffee test" which will help you uncover wines that suit your palate (and amaze your friends!)

The course is filmed in London based winery ‘London Cru’ with winemaker Alex Hurley. Alex is a Master of Enology and Viticulture, and a key member of the London Cru Winery team, working with quality English grapes.

We will also explore how to pair wine with food, with Leith’s School of Food and Drink’s resident chef, Dan Cameron.

The course will cover wines from California, Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, UK and Argentina. You'll be discovering different wines from different grapes including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Sangiovese.

You'll learn:

  • how to taste wine
  • about grape varieties and wine styles
  • famous wine regions from around the world and the types of wine they produce
  • how to pair wine with food

The course includes:

  • 4 on-demand video lessons - presented by Amelia Singer
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical wine tasting and choosing projects (with tutor feedback available)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Time to complete the wine appreciation course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 8 hours 30 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 2 hours 30 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your wine appreciation assignments: at least 1 hour per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

You'll be tasting wine along with Amelia, if you wish to buy any of the wines featured, to accompany this course (recommended) you can do so from http://londoncru.co.uk/wine

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Amelia on your wine appreciation and assignments.

If you know someone who'd love this course then give it as a gift - just tick "This is a gift" at the checkout.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

Course outline

  • How to taste

    Join Amelia and Rebecca in an interactive tasting and learn which kinds of wines match your palate and how you can get the most out of your glass.

    In this lesson you will be guided through a variety of styles of wine in an esteemed London based winery. You will be encouraged to understand your own palate, enabling you to choose consistently satisfying wine.

    You will be introduced to the ‘Coffee test’ experiment’, master wine tasting techniques and decode wine tasting terms to ensure that you can talk the talk in any wine situation.

    By the end of this lesson you will be able to decode, analyse and know how to pick the kind of wines you and your friends will most enjoy.

    Bottles suggested: An off dry gewurtztraminer or muscat, unoaked fresh Pinot Grigio, an opulent Viognier or fleshy Pinot Blanc, oaked Chardonnay.

  • Important grapes and fundamental wine styles

    Even the same grape can express itself drastically differently depending on where it has grown and what the winemaker does with it. With Amelia’s characteristic enthusiasm you will be guided around the 10 most significant grapes and appreciate their different expressions around the world. Wine making techniques and a region’s physical factors will all be explored and tips on how to get the best value for each grape will also be included.

    Bottles suggested: A new world and old world version for the following grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Viognier. Reds: Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Sangiovese.

  • The world of wine

    The world of wine like the world around us, is rapidly evolving and changing. Join Amelia in an in depth discussion with London Cru’s winemaker Alex as they discuss the most ‘famous’ regions of the wine world, how you can get best value and how things are changing.

    In this multi layered discussion traditional categories used in the world of wine will be examined in relation to today’s current climate - culturally as well as geographically. You will understand how certain terroir and regions have dictated styles and trends in the past but why does not necessarily indicate the future of wine.

    Bottles suggested: English Pinot noir and a 2018 English Bacchus

  • Having more fun with your food

    This class is filmed at Leiths Cookery school where Amelia pairs up with one of the school’s chefs to work out how best wine and food can complement and enhance each other.

    Under Amelia’s guidance you will come to understand the wording and layout of a restaurant wine list, be able find a wine based on your budget and have confidence choosing a wine depending on the occasion.

    Bottles suggested: Sauvignon Blanc from the loire, Creamy rich chardonnay, Lambrusco. These will be opened and tasted.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option

    Recommended

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

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Amelia Singer
    • Certificate of completion
    • 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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    $200
  • 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 whenever you like
    • 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
    $75

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    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

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  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
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    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Amelia Singer

Amelia Singer - Food & Drink
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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