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Diploma in Wine Appreciation

  • What is Wine?

    Lesson 1 kicks of in the ancient times where we explore the origin of wine and how it has journeyed through the ages. Wine is made from grapes, and we will start discussing the basics of how grapes are grown and what makes wine taste like wine. This lesson sets up the foundations for your journey into the world of wine.

  • Bottle Basics

    After unpacking the contents of a wine bottle, we will discuss the bottle itself. We'll touch on the cork and cap debate and look into alternative wine packaging. Climate change is a pressing issue in society today and in this lesson we will look at the carbon footprint of the wine industry as well as some innovation towards a greener future.

  • Pouring Wine

    Before the first droplet of wine reaches our wine glass, we now understand that that grapes undergo quite the journey in order to get there. Grapes are grown and subjected to different manipulations and procedures before being captured in the bottle. In this lesson we talk about the importance of the wine glass and why the vessel matters. We will discuss the act of decanting and how this benefits wine. We will introduce how to serve red, white, rose and champagne wines.

  • Time to Taste!

    We'll demonstrate the in's-and-out's of how to prepare for a formal wine tasting as well as tips on how to set up tastings. we will introduce certain tools like aroma wheels, colour charts and flavour wheels as tools to aid you in developing your own palate and translating your experience into words.

  • White Wine

    Time to put the skills in the first 4 lessons into action. In this lesson we will learn how to pour, serve and taste white wine. From the set up of the tasting, to pouring and serving temperature to practical tasting skills and analysis.

  • Red Wine

    Time to put the skills in the first 4 lessons into action. In this lesson we will learn how to pour, serve and taste red wine. From the set up of the tasting, to pouring and serving temperature to practical tasting skills and analysis.

  • Rose Wine

    Time to put the skills in the first 4 lessons into action. In this lesson we will learn how to pour, serve and taste rosé wine. From the set up of the tasting, to pouring and serving temperature to practical tasting skills and analysis.

  • Champagne

    Time to put the skills in the first 4 lessons into action. In this lesson we will learn how to pour, serve and taste sparkling wine. From the set up of the tasting, to pouring and serving temperature to practical tasting skills and analysis.

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