Get Wine-Smart
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Get Wine-Smart

A practical introduction to enjoying wine.
4.1 (721 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,860 students enrolled
Created by John Boyer
Last updated 1/2015
English
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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.
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!

Who 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 For This Course
29 Lectures
06:32:54
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An Intro to Drinking
3 Lectures 32:10

In this lecture you will learn about:

  • 3 Major steps in making wine
  • 3 major types of wine
  • 3 generic wine terms
Preview 13:26

In this lecture you will learn about:

  • 3 Major steps in making wine
  • 3 major types of wine
  • 3 generic wine terms
Wine Basics part 2
08:50

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

Section 1 quiz
4 questions
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Walking the Walk: Drinking Wine
5 Lectures 01:23:10

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
Bottle Service part 1
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
Bottle Service part 2
13:41

In this lecture you will learn how to taste wine.

The Sniff and Swirl, and Tasting
14:29

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?
Glassware, Decanting, Serving Temps, Serving Order, Restaurant Etiquette
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?
Glassware, Decanting, Serving Temps, Serving Order, Restaurant Etiquette part 2
20:11

This quiz is on the lecture videos in section 2.

Section 2 quiz
6 questions
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Talking the Talk: Describing Wine
12 Lectures 02:45:23

This lecture is on:

  • What do wines smell like?
  • How Do you build your wine smell vocabulary?
  • What is the wine wheel?
General Smells & Flavors: the Wine Wheel part 1
11:51

This lecture is on:

  • What do wines smell like?
  • How Do you build your wine smell vocabulary?
  • What is the wine wheel?
General Smells & Flavors: the Wine Wheel part 2
10:51

This lecture is on:

  • Does the color of wine matter?
  • What are you looking for in the color of wine?
Wine Components: Color
18:55

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
Wine Components: Sugar....Dry vs Sweet part 1
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
Wine Components: Sugar....Dry vs Sweet part 2
08:10

This lecture is on:

  • What are these terms Old World and New World?
  • How do they differ?
  • Old world regions vs new world wines
General Styles and Themes: Grape vs Region, Old World vs New World part 1
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
General Styles and Themes: Grape vs Region, Old World vs New World part 2
04:57

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?
Wine Components: Body and Balance part 1
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?
Wine Components: Body and Balance part 2
19:16

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular white wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
Great Grapes! White Wines
17:59

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular red wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
Great Grapes! Red Wines part 1
16:10

This lecture is on:

  • What are the most popular red wine grapes?
  • Where will you find them?
Great Grapes! Red Wines part 2
14:04

This is on the lectures in section 3.

Section 3 quiz
8 questions
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Storing, Stocking & Stuffing: Storing wine, buying wine, pairing food and wine
9 Lectures 01:52:11

This lecture is on:

  • How to store wine in your home
  • Where not to store wine
  • Ideas for a cellar
Storing Wine Basics part 1
19:00

This lecture is on:

  • How to store wine in your home
  • Where not to store wine
  • Ideas for a cellar
Storing Wine Basics part 2
08:09

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
Buying Wine Basics part 1
16:44

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
Buying Wine Basics part 2
08:13

This lecture is on:

  • Where to buy wine
  • What to ask for in a local wine store
  • Where to buy wine online
Buying Wine Basics part 3
14:05

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
Food and Wine Pairing Basics part 1
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
Food and Wine Pairing Basics part 2
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
Food and Wine Pairing Basics part 3
12:57

Class wrap up

Outro
03:13

This is on the lectures in section 4.

Section 4 quiz
6 questions
About the Instructor
John Boyer
4.1 Average rating
721 Reviews
1,859 Students
1 Course
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.