Get Wine-Smart

A practical introduction to enjoying wine.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Contents Video: 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

You can find a million books and articles, thousands of websites, and hundreds of courses on the topic of wine…and all promise to "give you a set of new skills" or "get you tasting like a wine expert" or "prepare you for the “rigors” of wine tasting" or even to train you to do a proper "sensory evaluation"…

Um…what? Taste wine like an expert? Learn how to do a proper sensory evaluation? Who the hell cares about that! What about us real people? I'm not trying to be a professional wine judge, nor a snobby wine critic, or even a master sommelier, whatever the hell that is. I just want to enjoy wine to the fullest, and be able to walk the walk, and talk the talk of wine, at least to know enough to totally diss those country-clubber types! I just want to drink this stuff and not look like a goober doing it! And I want to do it right now.

That's what Professor Boyer and this course is all about. Real talk to real people about the real deal of this most awesome beverage. This is a truly practical and tactical introduction to the enjoying and understanding wine. Wine is the beverage of moderation, of education, of socialization, and of civilization—and that is no exaggeration. A radical move from beer and hard spirits to wine is underway here in the US, and is creating a younger generation of drinkers that enjoy wine as part of their diet, social interactions, and lifestyles. And they are thirsty for the wine knowledge!!! Stop dipping your toe in the water, let's get wet…with wine!

What are the requirements?

  • It helps to be able to open a bottle of wine, actually never mind, I'll show you that as well!
  • Suggested reading: While it's not required, Drink This Now! (by yours truly) is what this class curriculum is derived from, and will make a valuable accompaniment to your learning.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Drink a wide variety of wines with confidence in all social situations
  • Think about wines critically, and express your opinions about wines confidently
  • Understand the dynamics of opening, buying, storing and serving wine
  • Instinctually recognize the major grape varieties and wine styles
  • Build a wine vocabulary which in turn heightens your senses and palate for wine
  • Master a structural approach to wine that allows you to build your wine knowledge for the rest of your life

What is the target audience?

  • For those who want to feel comfortable drinking wine with their cosmopolitan and classy friends, associates, family, their girl/guy, their parents, their prospective in-laws…and most importantly their bosses and co-workers…this short course will get you into the game quickly and confidently, because this Professor dude breaks it down and makes it real, and understandable, instantaneously.

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Curriculum

Section 1: An Intro to Drinking
Introduction to the Course
Preview
09:54
13:26

In this lecture you will learn about:

  • 3 Major steps in making wine
  • 3 major types of wine
  • 3 generic wine terms
08:50

In this lecture you will learn about:

  • 3 Major steps in making wine
  • 3 major types of wine
  • 3 generic wine terms
4 questions

This quiz is on the intro video and wine basics part 1 & 2

Section 2: Walking the Walk: Drinking Wine
15:22

This lecture is on:

  • The different sizes of wine bottles
  • The types of wine bottle enclosures
  • Box wines
  • Wine openers
  • How to open a bottle of wine
13:41

This lecture is on:

  • The different sizes of wine bottles
  • The types of wine bottle enclosures
  • Box wines
  • Wine openers
  • How to open a bottle of wine
14:29

In this lecture you will learn how to taste wine.

19:27

This lecture is on:

  • Different types of wine glass styles
  • What are decanters and how they work?
  • At what temperature should you serve wines at?
  • In which order should you serve wines?
  • How does it work when you order a bottle of wine in a restaurant?
20:11

This lecture is on:

  • Different types of wine glass styles
  • What are decanters and how they work?
  • At what temperature should you serve wines at?
  • In which order should you serve wines?
  • How does it work when you order a bottle of wine in a restaurant?
6 questions

This quiz is on the lecture videos in section 2.

Section 3: Talking the Talk: Describing Wine
11:51

This lecture is on:

  • What do wines smell like?
  • How Do you build your wine smell vocabulary?
  • What is the wine wheel?
10:51

This lecture is on:

  • What do wines smell like?
  • How Do you build your wine smell vocabulary?
  • What is the wine wheel?
18:55

This lecture is on:

  • Does the color of wine matter?
  • What are you looking for in the color of wine?
13:36

The lecture is on:

  • What is a dry wine and what is a sweet wine?
  • How does sugar effect the wine flavor?
  • Styles of sweet wine
08:10

The lecture is on:

  • What is a dry wine and what is a sweet wine?
  • How does sugar effect the wine flavor?
  • Styles of sweet wine
17:53

This lecture is on:

  • What are these terms Old World and New World?
  • How do they differ?
  • Old world regions vs new world wines
04:57

This lecture is on:

  • What are these terms Old World and New World?
  • How do they differ?
  • Old world regions vs new world wines
11:41

This lecture is on

  • How is a wine balanced?
  • What are the components that go into a balanced wine?
  • How does the body of wine effect the taste?
19:16

This lecture is on

  • How is a wine balanced?
  • What are the components that go into a balanced wine?
  • How does the body of wine effect the taste?
17:59

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular white wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
16:10

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular red wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
14:04

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular red wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
8 questions

This is on the lectures in section 3.

Section 4: Storing, Stocking & Stuffing: Storing wine, buying wine, pairing food and wine
19:00

This lecture is on:

  • How to store wine in your home
  • Where not to store wine
  • Ideas for a cellar
08:09

This lecture is on:

  • How to store wine in your home
  • Where not to store wine
  • Ideas for a cellar
16:44

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
08:13

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
14:05

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
15:14

This lecture is on:

  • Basic guide to food and wine pairing
  • How to pair white wines
  • How to pair red wines
  • Themes to pairing wine and food
14:36

This lecture is on:

  • Basic guide to food and wine pairing
  • How to pair white wines
  • How to pair red wines
  • Themes to pairing wine and food
12:57

This lecture is on:

  • Basic guide to food and wine pairing
  • How to pair white wines
  • How to pair red wines
  • Themes to pairing wine and food
03:13

Class wrap up

6 questions

This is on the lectures in section 4.

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Instructor Biography

John Boyer, Professor, Wine Enthusiast

John Boyer is an award-winning Senior Instructor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech where he has taught ever-expanding courses on World Regional Geography and the Geography of Wine: in last decade, enrollments have grown from average class size of 50-60 to 550-600, with the World Regions now being taught to a record-breaking 2750 students every Fall. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Geography and has been teaching since 1998. He has published textbooks on world geography and wine, developed a graphic novel series, produces podcasts and an educational website for his classes, and actively incorporates all manner of technologies into the classroom in order to increase interaction and learning for the students, and the world.

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