Wine School: The Ultimate Intro to Wine
If you’re new to wine, or have been enjoying wine for years but feel overwhelmed in a wine shop or looking at a wine list, this is the class for you.
Using a proven method taught to over 20,000 students over the course of 20+ years, learn the foundational aspects of wine from sommelier Jason Kallsen of The Wine Workshop.
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: Deep information on the key six grape varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon), wine tasting techniques, basics of wine science, tips on evolving your wine enjoyment, fundamentals of food and wine pairing, philosophical discussions on terroir, how to get more bang for the buck, and much more.
Emphasis is placed on: The role of grape varieties in wine enjoyment, the impact of place on the final product, how to decipher wine labels, how wine changes in the context of food, and how to increase the value of your wine without increasing cost.
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 (to get the most out of this course) you plan on at least six bottles. And in this case, they will range from $12 to $20 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, January 8, 2021) 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 Saturday, January 9th, 2021, at 3:00 pm central time via zoom (you’ll receive your zoom link with the first packet of materials). 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).