Fundamentals of Wine Tasting - Taste Wine like a Sommelier
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Fundamentals of Wine Tasting - Taste Wine like a Sommelier

TV Host and Celebrity Sommelier Ryan Vet, takes you through how to taste wine like a professional
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Last updated 6/2020
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to taste wine like a professional sommelier
  • Understand the technical aspects of identifying aroma and palate notes in wine
  • Discover techniques to be able to blind taste wine
  • Sweetness or fruitiness? Acidity or Alcohol? Decipher the structure of wines
  • Train your palate to effectively taste wine and become a wine tasting guru
  • Is your wine faulted? After this course you'll be able to identify various wine faults
  • Learn deductive tasting methods that will empower you for various wine exams
  • A fundamental knowledge of wine, gained by our Crash Course
  • A few glasses of wine to drink along

Whether you are blind tasting wine for pleasure or training for one of the systematic deductive tasting method exams, this course will empower you with all the fundamental knowledge for wine tasting. Sommelier and TV Host, Ryan Vet, will take you through this in-depth, advanced course for wine tasting. After taking this course your appreciation for wine will be deepened and you will be further equipped to pass one of the many wine certifications with flying colors.

In this wine tasting course, we will explore how to properly taste wines like a sommelier. Students will learn how to identify colors and hues, identify key tasting notes as well as structural elements.

Learning how to blind taste wine is not a magic trick. Through a series of deductive reasoning, you too can be able to identify and narrow down the potential wines in your glass. First you must understand how to use the deductive and systematic methodologies for tasting wine like a sommelier.

While this course is not affiliated with any certifying body, it can help to prepare for you exams such as the Society for Wine Educators, Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers. This course is not a substitute for their materials but an additional resource for you as you learn how to study the deductive wine tasting and systematic wine tasting method.

Who this course is for:
  • Wine lovers with a basic knowledge of wine looking to learn how to properly and professional taste wine like a sommelier
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 01:03:50
+ Introduction
1 lecture 03:05

Welcome to our course on tasting wine like a sommelier. We will take an in-depth look at how to taste wine and identify various notes, structures and aromas.

Preview 03:05
+ Getting in the Mood - for Wine Tasting
1 lecture 02:58

Tasting wine like a professional starts with the optimal setting. In this lesson we review how to properly set-up a wine tasting.

Preview 02:58
Take some time to set-up a wine tasting for yourself and maybe some friends. This does not have to be completed now, but is a great activity to allow you to practice tasting like a sommelier and show off your new wine skills
Preparing for a Wine Tasting
1 question
+ Sight
1 lecture 11:57

Observing a wine through sight is a critical step in wine tasting. Learning to identify depth, color, clarity and hues in a wine can help you deductively taste wine.

Sight - Deductive Wine Tasting

A key aspect of tasting wine is observation. You must be able to understand the clarity and color of wine while also distinguishing what the different hues in wine mean.

Understanding how to Observe Wine
4 questions
+ Smell - Identifying aromas in wine like a sommelier
5 lectures 29:18

If you want to know how to identify scents in wine, this section is for you. One of the keys to wine tasting like a professional is to be able to decipher and identify key aromas and notes. Together we will uncover how to pull out various scents in wine. A great resource to have when learning to taste wines is the Wine Folly Flavors Wheel that we have a link to in our resources section.

The Basics of Aromas in Wine

Have you ever been served a bottle of wine that tasted funny? There is a chance that your bottle was faulted. What does it mean when your bottle of wine is corked? It means that the wine has been damaged by bacteria. In this lecture, we discuss the details on how to identify common wine faults.

Identifying Faults in Wine

If you have ever wondered how to know if a wine is faulted, this lecture should give you some helpful hints. Let’s put your understanding of wine faults to the test with this little quiz on wine faults.

Understanding Faults in Wines
5 questions

In this lecture, we do a deep dive into the varying fruit notes that can be identified in wine. In this lecture you will learn how to clearly talk about various notes in a wine and you will sound like a wine professional.

Understanding Aromas, Age and Fruit Aromas in Wine

You’ve heard about oak in your wine. Using oak during Vinification is a common wine-making decision. However, have you ever wondered how to know if your wine has oak? Or maybe you’re curious about how to tell the difference between French and American oak in wine. This lecture will take you through the non-fruit characteristics of wine as well discuss oak and other key aromas.

Identifying Non-fruit Characteristics in Wine

You’ve now spent more time smelling a glass of wine than you ever thought possible. However, with the majority of taste being absorbed through your olfactory sense, learning how to properly smell a wine is important.

Preview 02:26

Identifying aromas in wine may be the single most important part of wine tasting. This quiz will test your retention of some of the most important elements of wine tasting.

How to Identify Aromas in Wine
5 questions
+ Taste - How to taste wine like a professional sommelier
2 lectures 14:35

This lecture will help you take all of the foundations of tasting wine we have learned to this point in the course and apply them to tasting wine. Properly identifying flavors in wine is not that different than identifying the aromas.

Tasting Wine - Flavor Elements

You may ask for a full bodied wine or maybe a sweet wine. But, in so doing, where you actually asking the right question? Many individuals ask for a fruity wine when they want a sweet wine and bold wine when they want a tannic wine. This lecture will help you explore key difference in tasting the structural elements of wine.

Tasting Wine - Palate Structure

It can be challenging to understand the structural elements in wine. When someone asks for a sweet wine, are they asking about sugar content or fruitiness? After taking the previous course you should be able to identify structural wine elements. This quiz will test your knowledge.

Understanding Structural Elements in Wine
3 questions
+ Conclusion - Figuring out where a wine is from by tasting it
1 lecture 01:57

Thanks for taking our course on how to taste wine like a sommelier. Hopefully this course prepared you with a solid foundation for tasting wine. Be sure to check out some of our other courses to further your wine knowledge.

Preview 01:57
Thank you for taking the time to take our Fundamentals of Wine Tasting Course. With every course via Sip'd Academy we strive for five and hope to get your review on our course. After taking this course, we would love to know more about how you're applying this knowledge.
Applying Your Knowledge on Wine Tasting
3 questions