Wine School: The Burgundy Superclass
It’s considered by many to be the greatest wine region on earth. And it’s confusing as can be. That’s where Wine School comes in.
This course covers Burgundy in its entirety, from Chablis to the Macônnais and everywhere in-between. Village-by-village you’ll learn more than you thought possible.
The multi-week format of this course allows for a continuous trickle of information, rather than an overwhelming wave, which means our Wine School format is perfect for learning about a region like Burgundy.
Study at your own pace, but with a class community, projects, and workshop modules to keep you on track.
The best NEW way to learn about wine!
What to expect
You’ll learn: The history of Burgundy, the differences in terroir from region to region and village to village, key producers and importers, the geology and topography of Burgundy, basics of Burgundian foods, key Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards, and much more.
Emphasis is placed on: The role of the importer, the impact of the terroir, the changes in style over the last 30 years, key producers to seek out and why, and analysis of particular villages through the wines.
Time and wine commitment: It’s up to you, and designed for flexibility. The core program is 21 days in length, with courses, classes, modules, and projects trickled out over the 21-day window. Do what you wish on your own time. There are no tests, there is no rote memorization, and there are no pins or certification at the end. Only pure learning, at your own pace (one to ten or more hours a week, it’s up to you). You’re free to come back to the online materials for up to one year.
In terms of wine, you can procure as little or as much as you wish, at any price level, for the course. You have complete control over your own wine budget. We do suggest, at the minimum, you plan on at least three or four bottles, and in this case, they would range from $20 to $60 a bottle. You can of course buy more and spend more if you wish (this is Burgundy, after all).
We will also have a core list of suggested books that we will reference during the course.
What to look forward to: The core of Wine School is the community. We meet as a group, through zoom. We can see each other and we can share ideas. There are open “Sommelier office hours” to ask more questions and have more discussion. All gatherings are optional. We will also build and maintain a social board through the Padlet platform, where you can share your work and progress 24/7, and see the work and progress of your fellow students.
We learn better as individuals, by learning together.
What to expect after enrollment: Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation of your enrollment from The Wine Workshop. After enrollment closes (in this case, January 23rd, 2020) you’ll receive your first packet of course materials (PDF), the calendar for meetings and office hours, zoom meeting links, suggestions of wines to procure, and much more.
Our first gathering as a group will be the kickoff meeting on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 3:00 pm central time via zoom. If you are unable to make that meeting, no worries. We will record the meeting and the replay will be available for you (along with direct communication to us with any questions).