Understanding Wine: A Totally Approachable Guide to Wine 101
What you'll learn
- 1. The most common questions in the world of wine answered!
- 2. Be wine confident – increase your confidence when picking wine in restaurants, markets, and for your next dinner party with my secret to reading wine labels
- 3. Easy and insightful tips for delicious food and wine pairings – including food and wine wow moments!
- 4. Learn how wine is made and how the environment impacts what’s in your glass
- 5. Learn how to order wine in a restaurant – how to look for great quality and value
- No previous wine knowledge required
- It’s recommended you taste some of the wines discussed as you take the course. Tasting as you learn will only enhance your understanding - it all starts with you, the wine drinker!
Do you want to learn more about wine in a way that’s genuinely helpful? This course is for you.
Great course! The instructor is very knowledgeable and provided the class with history as well as taught us how to experience wine. We were able to review our knowledge as we tasted various wines. It was an awesome experience! I would love to take another course led by Susan! -Dr. Julia Chibbaro, Ph.D. Professor of Counselor Education – in-person student (UWG) in “Wine 101-Basics and Beyond”
My husband and I took Susan’s wine course and liked it so much we took a second one. We learned about how different regions make their wines and how that affects the taste and quality of the wines. In the second course, we learned how to pair food with certain wines.
We thoroughly enjoyed Susan’s class and style of teaching. Now we have knowledge about wine that we use on a regular basis. I highly recommend this class not only for the information one can learn but for the festive atmosphere Susan creates. It is definitely time well spent! – Megan Wooten, in-person student at The University of West Georgia
This is a down-to-earth, informative, and fun course on understanding wine. What will we cover?
· The most common questions in the world of wine answered!
· The building blocks of all wines and what they mean
· Get wine confident - how to buy, store, serve, and enjoy wine!
· What makes great wine great and definitions of the words most often used to describe wine
· Tips on correct serving temperature and glassware
· Tannin in wine
· The importance of terroir in wine
· Champagne - bubbles explained!
· An oak barrel’s effect on flavor
· What makes different wines taste the way they do?
· Matching food and wine in a three-part lecture. If you love food and wine experiences, you’ll love this!
· How to order wine in a restaurant – learn how to look for great quality and value
· How to open a bottle of wine – including advice on the only wine opener you’ll ever need
How is the course structured?
· Informative video lectures in the form of infographics, illustrations, music, and talking head clips.
· It’s structured to be informative, encouraging, and fun. Even more so with wine!
· Take this course with a friend! Also, please message me with any questions you’d like me to answer.
Make sure to check out the lectures marked as Free Previews!
Who this course is for:
- People who want to learn more about wine. (No previous knowledge necessary)
- Beginners and intermediate wine drinkers who need a solid foundation to build upon.
- Those who get stressed out at the thought of having to buy wine for a dinner party.
- Professionals who want to feel at ease when dining with clients
- Those who work in hospitality looking to increase their overall professional experience.
- Individuals and small groups who want to take their food and wine experiences to the next level.
- People who’ve heard the terms “tannin”, “balance”, “oxidized” and “structured”, and wondered what they meant.
I’ve enjoyed many positions throughout my corporate wine career including sales, marketing, strategy, and management. I spent most of my formal career working for Empire Distributors in Atlanta, Georgia - a third-generation family-owned company with the backing of Berkshire Hathaway.
Brands represented: Caymus, Far Niente, Banfi, Veuve Clicquot, Mondavi, Francis Ford Coppola, Groth, Leonard Kreusch, Marques de Caceres, Louis Latour, Louis Roederer, Orin Swift, Opus One, and Rodney Strong.
After leaving the corporate world, I worked exclusively with restaurants conducting staff seminars, revamping wine lists, and speaking at food and wine dinners.
Next, I began teaching in-person wine classes. I learned I could inspire students to gain the curiosity, enthusiasm, and confidence needed to uncover the subject of wine.
We thoroughly enjoyed Susan’s class and style of teaching. Now we have knowledge about wine that we use on a regular basis. I highly recommend this class not only for the information one can learn but for the festive atmosphere Susan creates. It is definitely time well spent-Megan Wooten (Food & Wine and Wines around the World student – University of West Georgia)
I look forward to bringing my casual style of teaching to online learning! I love hearing the perspectives of new people in wine class so reach out if you have a question or comment.
See you in class!