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Get Wine-Smart

A practical introduction to enjoying wine.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 6h 32m
Language: English
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You can find a million books and articles, thousands of websites, and hundreds of courses on the topic of wine…and all promise to “give you a set of new skills” or “get you tasting like a wine expert” or “prepare you for the “rigors” of wine tasting” or even to train you to do a proper “sensory evaluation”…
Um…what? Taste wine like an expert? Learn how to do a proper sensory evaluation? Who the hell cares about that! What about us real people? I’m not trying to be a professional wine judge, nor a snobby wine critic, or even a master sommelier, whatever the hell that is. I just want to enjoy wine to the fullest, and be able to walk the walk, and talk the talk of wine, at least to know enough to totally diss those country-clubber types! I just want to drink this stuff and not look like a goober doing it! And I want to do it right now.
That’s what Professor Boyer and this course is all about. Real talk to real people about the real deal of this most awesome beverage. This is a truly practical and tactical introduction to the enjoying and understanding wine. Wine is the beverage of moderation, of education, of socialization, and of civilization—and that is no exaggeration. A radical move from beer and hard spirits to wine is underway here in the US, and is creating a younger generation of drinkers that enjoy wine as part of their diet, social interactions, and lifestyles. And they are thirsty for the wine knowledge!!! Stop dipping your toe in the water, let’s get wet…with wine!

You will learn

✓ Drink a wide variety of wines with confidence in all social situations
✓ Think about wines critically, and express your opinions about wines confidently
✓ Understand the dynamics of opening, buying, storing and serving wine
✓ Instinctually recognize the major grape varieties and wine styles
✓ Build a wine vocabulary which in turn heightens your senses and palate for wine
✓ Master a structural approach to wine that allows you to build your wine knowledge for the rest of your life


• It helps to be able to open a bottle of wine, actually never mind, I’ll show you that as well!
• Suggested reading: While it’s not required, Drink This Now! (by yours truly) is what this class curriculum is derived from, and will make a valuable accompaniment to your learning.

This course is for

• For those who want to feel comfortable drinking wine with their cosmopolitan and classy friends, associates, family, their girl/guy, their parents, their prospective in-laws…and most importantly their bosses and co-workers…this short course will get you into the game quickly and confidently, because this Professor dude breaks it down and makes it real, and understandable, instantaneously.
Professor, Wine Enthusiast
John Boyer is an award-winning Senior Instructor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech where he has taught ever-expanding courses on World Regional Geography and the Geography of Wine: in last decade, enrollments have grown from average class size of 50-60 to 550-600, with the World Regions now being taught to a record-breaking 2750 students every Fall. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Geography and has been teaching since 1998. He has published textbooks on world geography and wine, developed a graphic novel series, produces podcasts and an educational website for his classes, and actively incorporates all manner of technologies into the classroom in order to increase interaction and learning for the students, and the world.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 6h 32m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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