Become a Great Wine Taster
with Richard Betts
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03 Tasting Wine: Context & Method27:34
Class duration: 7h 54mSee all 21 lessons
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.
Intro to Becoming a Great Wine Taster07:53
Mapping Your Desires13:31
Tasting Wine: Context & Method
Richard explains context and method and how they help you develop your taste for wine.27:34
Exploring Varietals: Whites with Oak26:33
Tasting: Comparing Whites with Oak32:21
Exploring Varietals: Whites without Oak22:21
Tasting: Comparing Whites without Oak48:33
How Wine is Grown & Made18:08
How Wine is Shipped & Sold12:49
Wine Q & A26:11
Caring for Wine30:59
How to Open a Bottle of Wine & Champagne11:54
How to Serve Wine Properly17:55
How to Pair Wine09:56
Exploring Varietals: Tasting Reds with Lighter Skin17:45
Tasting Method: Smelling The Light Skin Reds25:08
Tasting Method - Lighter Skin Reds Conclusion21:13
Exploring Varietals: Tasting Reds with Darker Skin28:57
Tasting Method - Darker Skin Reds Conclusion29:27
How to Shop for Wine32:17
Blind Tasting - Testing Your Skills12:40
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 moreSee instructor's Classes
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Richard Betts - Become a Great Wine Taster Presentation.pdf
Richard Betts - Mapping Your Desires Shopping List.pdf
Richard Betts - Wines for Tasting Shopping List.pdf
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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!
Good course, needs to identify wines to set up tasting. It was fun to do with friends. Perfect to watch in the segments.
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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