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About The Class

wine for everyday life.

Do you cower when presented with the wine list? Feel at a loss while walking the wine aisle? You are not alone! Many of us struggle to differentiate between the subtleties of the world’s oldest beverage. But wine is not destined to be difficult! Join Master Sommelier Richard Betts for a fun and informative guide to buying, tasting, and enjoying wine.

Become a Great Wine Taster is your guide to wine varietals, trends, and tastes. You’ll learn Richard’s “wine is a grocery, not a luxury” approach to wine while exploring the differences between regions and the history behind them. Richard will teach a simple method for looking at, smelling, and tasting each wine so you understand the nuances and the provenance of the drink in your glass. You’ll study the important factors and features of winemaking by exploring ideas through related varietals. Richard will discuss:

  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – the impact of climate and oak
  • Riesling, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Zinfandel – balance, sweetness, and alcohol content
  • Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio, Gruner Veltliner, and Chenin Blanc – important grapes, small subtleties
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s subjects – regional expression of the ubiquitous reds
  • Pinot Noir – temperamental grapes and growing in France, California, Oregon and Australia
  • Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo – wine production in Italy and Spain
  • Syrah/Shiraz, Grenache and friends – blends and winemaker’s intent

You’ll also learn about the unique ways we modify wine, like making it sparkle, heating it, turning it into Port, and so much more! This class will help you get more comfortable with wine, remove much of it’s mystery, and show you how to integrate it into your everyday life.

Pair your appreciation for wine with knowledge in this accessible and educational class. Join Richard for Become a Great Wine Taster and never fumble over wine selection again.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro to Becoming a Great Wine Taster

  2. 02

    Mapping Your Desires

  3. 03

    Tasting Wine: Context & Method

    Richard explains context and method and how they help you develop your taste for wine.

  4. 04

    Exploring Varietals: Whites with Oak

  5. 05

    Tasting: Comparing Whites with Oak

  6. 06

    Exploring Varietals: Whites without Oak

  7. 07

    Tasting: Comparing Whites without Oak

  8. 08

    How Wine is Grown & Made

  9. 09

    How Wine is Shipped & Sold

  10. 10

    Wine Q & A

  11. 11

    Caring for Wine

  12. 12

    How to Open a Bottle of Wine & Champagne

  13. 13

    How to Serve Wine Properly

  14. 14

    How to Pair Wine

  15. 15

    Exploring Varietals: Tasting Reds with Lighter Skin

  16. 16

    Tasting Method: Smelling The Light Skin Reds

  17. 17

    Tasting Method - Lighter Skin Reds Conclusion

  18. 18

    Exploring Varietals: Tasting Reds with Darker Skin

  19. 19

    Tasting Method - Darker Skin Reds Conclusion

  20. 20

    How to Shop for Wine

  21. 21

    Blind Tasting - Testing Your Skills


Meet Your Expert

Richard Betts

Recognized as one of the leading authorities on wine, spirits and dining, Richard, a Master Sommelier, is credited with creating some of the most influential wine and spirit brands hailing from three continents and five countries.From the wild southwest of ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    December 2014

    This course was amazing. As someone who felt really intimidated by wine before, I finished the course feeling a lot more confident and excited to try out my new wine knowledge. Great instructor with great content. Would definitely recommend!

  • user-ab792c

    December 2014

    Good course, needs to identify wines to set up tasting. It was fun to do with friends. Perfect to watch in the segments.

  • Anne


    December 2014

    Fabulous! I've passed the Introductory Exam for the Court of Master Sommeliers, but, never ginned up (pun intended) the deductive tasting. This did it. There are several of us who purchased this course and are doing out best to re-create the tastings and memorize the map. Thanks so much for the class and for Richard Betts.

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