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An Understanding of Wine

Jancis Robinson

An Understanding of Wine

Learn everything you need to know about wine, from one of the world's most respected Masters of Wine.

This course includes:

27 lessons

6 hours

145 page wine guide

What you'll learn

Join Jancis on a journey through the world of wine, from its fascinating history to practical tips on wine tasting and choosing the perfect bottle for any occasion.

  • For wine novices and aficionados alike
  • Understand tasting and its terminology
  • Learn about the different regions and grapes
  • Discover the top 10 wine myths
  • Pair the perfect wine with your meal
  • Learn to read a wine bottle label

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Best-selling author, journalist, broadcaster and producer Jancis Robinson has been writing about wine for 45 years. Jancis writes a weekly column on wine for the Financial Times and has co-authored several internationally renowned books on wine, including The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.

In 1984, Jancis was the first person outside of the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and from there her reputation has only grown. In 2018, she was voted the world’s most influential wine critic in the prestigious BWW competition, and she advised Her Majesty The Queen on her own wine cellar.

Lesson plan (27)

  1. 01

    An Understanding of Wine Introduction

    11:11

  2. 02

    Wine’s vital statistics​

    13:30

  3. 03

    How to taste​

    23:19

  4. 04

    The perfect glass​

    14:57

  5. 05

    Top 10 wine myths​

    03:57

  6. 06

    How the world of wine has changed​

    12:37

  7. 07

    How is climate change affecting wine?

    14:39

  8. 08

    Grape varieties​

    27:43

  9. 09

    Classic regions

    17:23

  10. 10

    Lesser-known regions

    13:27

  11. 11

    Reading the label

    24:56

  12. 12

    Choosing a bottle​

    15:37

  13. 13

    Top 10 ways to pick the right bottle​

    02:51

  14. 14

    Growing grapes​

    16:16

  15. 15

    How wine is made

    16:59

  16. 16

    Vintages

    19:41

  17. 17

    Fizz

    11:05

  18. 18

    Wine hardware

    16:19

  19. 19

    Food and wine pairing

    07:32

  20. 20

    Organic and biodynamic wines

    19:14

  21. 21

    Natural and orange wines​

    16:53

  22. 22

    Sustainability in winemaking

    14:49

  23. 23

    The language and price of wine​

    18:07

  24. 24

    Investing in wine​

    15:48

  25. 25

    Top 10 wine tips​

    03:33

  26. 26

    Learning more about wine​

    07:14

  27. 27

    Bonus: your questions answered​

    07:57

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