Wine School: Intro to the wines of Europe!
Covering all the key countries and top regions.
The best course ever on gaining a general understanding of all the key wine countries in Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Greece, the Republic of Georgia, and more!
This course will give you a solid introduction on all these countries, their key wine regions, the labeling, the grapes, and ideas on how to approach these countries to get more bang for the buck on your wines. This is incredibly comprehensive and will leave you with solid footing on the wines of the Douro Valley, Rioja, Rueda, Priorat, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Alsace, Northern and Southern Rhone, Loire, Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto, Sardinia, Mosel Valley, Austria, Greece, and MANY more.
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 European wines in this format.
Study at your own pace, but with a class community, projects, and workshop lesson to keep you on track.
The best NEW way to learn about wine!
What to expect
You’ll learn: A solid understanding of all the major wine countries of Europe including key sub-regions, labeling, and grape varieties. This will demystify Europe for you, and give you a confidence boost when shopping for wine.
Emphasis is placed on: What makes each region unique (especially focusing on grape varieties), how to understand what is in the bottle, styles of wine to expect when popping the cork, and much more. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A WINE COURSE THIS COMPREHENSIVE for those new to European wines.
Time and wine commitment: It’s up to you, and designed for flexibility. The core program is 21 days in length, with courses, lessons, 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 titles 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 four to six bottles, and in this case, they would range from $15 to $30 a bottle. You can of course buy more and spend more if you wish.
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, April 2, 2021) you’ll receive your first packet of course materials, 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 Saturday, April 3, 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).