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If you're looking to develop your knowledge and confidence with wine, you're in the right place. The essential wine course covers varietals, styles, regions, food matching tips and more, all taught by one of Australia's premier wine critics. The videos are supported by beautiful tasting notes and interactive questions to test your knowledge. See the course content below for more detail, and the FAQ section at the bottom for any questions.
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Course content

  • 1
    Introduction
    • Welcome to 'The essential wine course'
    • Please enjoy wine responsibly
  • 2
    Everything you always wanted to know
    • Making red wine
    • Making White Wine
    • Taste wine like a pro
    • Spitting gracefully
    • Bottle shape - does it matter?
    • Serving temperature - is my wine too hot/cold?
    • Why wine tastes different in different glasses
    • When wine goes wrong (faults)
    • Growing old gracefully? Ageing wines
    • Good crop, bad crop - what difference does vintage make?
    • Oak - what wood does to your wine
  • 3
    Sparkling, Whites and Rosé
    • Sparkling wine - overview
    • Champagne - the king of celebration
    • Prosecco - light, refreshing and delicious
    • Australian Sparkling - exceptional value, exceptional quality
    • Sparkling Rosé - pink bubbles
    • Sparkling Red - uniquely Australian
    • Alsace blend - simply brilliant & made for food
    • Chardonnay - far beyond the styles of the 90s
    • Fiano - an Italian made for Australia?
    • Grüner Veltliner - Austria's great white grape
    • Pinot Gris / Grigio - white paint on a white wall?
    • Riesling - acidic, floral & refreshing
    • Sauvignon Blanc - more than just Marlborough
    • Semillon - the Hunter's gift
    • Verdelho - the next big thing? Probably not...
    • Vermentino - from Sardinia to the world
    • Viognier - back from the brink
    • Rosé - pale, dry, savoury, perfect
    • Orange wine - 2,000 years back to the future
    • Grüner Veltliner - Austria's great white grape
  • 4
    Reds, Sweet and Fortified wines
    • Bordeaux blend - one of the true classics of the wine world
    • Cabernet Sauvignon - classy, tannic and full bodied
    • Gamay - light, fruity and fun
    • Grenache - a hidden gem & a tapas favourite
    • GSM blend - underrated & pizza friendly
    • Merlot - "I'm not drinking ****ing Merlot"
    • Nebbiolo - an enigma, light coloured & full bodied
    • Pinot Noir - the queen of red grapes
    • Sangiovese - medium bodied & food friendly
    • Shiraz - Australia's great red grape
    • Tempranillo - a classy crowd pleaser
    • Dessert wine - sweets for my sweet
    • Moscato - light, frizzante and sweet
    • Muscat - Australian through and through
  • 5
    Major regions of Australia
    • Adelaide Hills (SA)
    • Barossa Valley (SA)
    • Beechworth (VIC)
    • Canberra District (ACT &NSW)
    • Clare Valley (SA)
    • Coonawarra (SA)
    • Eden Valley (SA)