Wine 101:Fun & Informative Intro to Wonderful World of Wine

Indulge Wine School's Online Wine 101 class - the ONLY class in the world where you can order the wines and taste along!
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2012 English

Course Description

In this course, our Senior Professor, John Benson, from Indulge Wine School - the largest consumer wine education company in the U.S. - takes you on a journey that starts with the basics of wine tasting, from glassware to tasting steps. Then, he'll taste you through six of the most popular wine varietals - Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. During the tastings, you'll learn about the key characteristics of the grape varietal, some wine history, key growing regions, the specific winery and wine he'll be tasting you on, and much more! 

We're the ONLY wine course in the WORLD where you can taste the exact wines that you're learning about. Just go to our Web site at and order a tasting kit that contains the exact six wines that John is tasting on the video! Taking an online or DVD wine course is great, but it's truly amazing when you See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor the wines along with our instructor (yup, we're the only ones that do that)!  

Buy a tasting kit for you and one for a friend and take the course together! You'll love it!

The course also includes our 100+ page eTextbook, Wine 101: A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine. This textbook is a companion to the video course and provides wine information in a fun (and funny!) style that you'll enjoy reading. You will also get our Top 10 Wine Buying Tips Sheet (will pay for the course the first time you use it!) that covers tips for getting the best deals on wine in restaurants and retail stores. You also get our Food and Wine Pairing Chart, which makes pairing wine with food EASY! Lastly, you'll get our Wine Tasting Notes sheet, that you can use as a guide as you taste wines generally, or specifically to taste along with John and the six great wines he'll be presenting.

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Section 1: Lectures

This chapter covers all the steps to prepare for your tasting. We cover glassware and why it's so important to fully appreciating wine, our tasting notes sheet, the Wine Aroma Wheel and a little about the six wines/grape varietals we cover in the tasting. Here's your opportunity to order the exact wines we use in the tasting in affordable, 50ml bottles. Just go to our site at and scroll down to order just the wines for this course. The cost is only $29.99 plus $4.95 shipping per tasting kit of six wines. We discuss and taste the following wines in this course:

White Wines: Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Finger Lakes NY Riesling, and Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay.

Red Wines: Papapietro Perry Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Cline "Los Caneros" Estate Syrah, and Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Do you need to order the wines to enjoy this video class? NO! However, to truly take advantage of this course, we feel that tasting the wines along with the instructor is invaluable. Wine is one of those topics of learning that definitely benefits from hand-on experience!


In this chapter, we'll not only cover the tasting characteristics of Riesling, but we'll also walk you through the five steps of tastings - See the Wine, Swirl the Wine, Smell the Wine, Sip the Wine and Savor the Wine. The Riesling we're tasting is from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.


In the second part of this chapter, we'll continue the discussion  about the tasting characteristics of Riesling. We'll also continue walking you through the five steps of tastings - See the Wine, Swirl the Wine, Smell the Wine, Sip the Wine and Savor the Wine. The Riesling we're tasting is from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.


In this chapter, we'll discuss the tasting characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. We'll introduce you to Duckhorn Vineyards and their great Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley California.


In this chapter we discuss the tasting characteristics of Chardonnay. We'll introduce you to the Hess Collection and taste their Chardonnay from Napa Valley California. Be sure to check out Mr. Hess' contemporary art museum at the winery when you visit. It's definitely worth a visit!


In this chapter, we'll discuss the tasting characteristics of Pinot Noir, the Papapietro Perry Winery, and their seriously amazing Pinot Noir!


In this chapter, we'll discuss the tasting characteristics of Shiraz/Syra. We'll introduce you to Cline Cellars and their wonderful Syrah from Los Carneros California.


In this chapter, we'll discuss the tasting characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon. We'll introduce you to Whitehall Lane Winery and their fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley California.

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This textbook has been refined over more than 4 years of teaching Wine 101 courses to consumers like you. We cover all the information you need to know, in a FUN and INFORMATIVE format - not some dry and dull discussion about the chemistry of wine. We cover what you want to know - the basics about wine, how to get the best deal at a restaurant and retail store, and how to best enjoy the wine you just purchased...and have fun while you're learning about it!
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Using these tips will more than pay for this course! Get tips on buying wine in restaurants and in retail stores!
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This chart will guide you to the best food and wine pairings ever! Wine and food are meant to be enjoyed together. Explore and enjoy!
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Use this Tasting Notes Template to take notes on your impressions of the wines you taste with this course. Don't forget - tasting the wines alone with this course dramatically increases the effectiveness of this course! Order your wines at

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Instructor Biography

Indulge Wine School - John Benson, Senior Professor, Indulge Wine School -

John Benson, prior to his stellar restaurant career, was a rock star – well, not as well-known as most, but he did live the rock-and-roll lifestyle for some time! He was fortunate to play shows with Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, The Chemical Brothers, Two Live Crew, and DJ Swamp (Beck's DJ), among others. Pretty cool. For some reason, John decided to leave the the music scene and begin a career in the hospitality industry. 

John started his career in St. Louis, Missouri, and quickly rose to become head waiter and sommelier at an upscale French restaurant, Chez Leon. Chez Leon has been recognized as one of St. Louis’ premier fine dining restaurants and has been featured on Food Network‟s “Best Of” program. During John‟s employment at Chez Leon he removed himself from the dining room staff and held the position of saucier in their classic French kitchen to gain experience in the culinary arts. After several years learning traditional French food and wine culture from Chez Leon proprietor, Leon Bierbaum, John and his now wife Megan Benson, moved to Denver, Colorado. 

In Colorado, John received his sommelier certificates from the International Sommelier‟s Guild and from the Court of Masters and took his first job in Denver as Sommelier at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House where he hosted large wine events for celebrities and special occasions. After a while, John finally found himself running the Indulge restaurants for Peter and Delinda and has never been happier!

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