Wine: Everything You Want to Know, Taught by a Winemaker

A unique education about wine from a winemaker. How it's made, and how to fully enjoy tasting and talking about it.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

  • <UPDATED SEP 11, 2016>

Are you interested in wine, but you're not sure where to start? This course is for you.

"Thank you so much for all the work you have put into this course. Very informative."

"I just want to let you know that I appreciate the work you've put into this course and are continuing to put in to it to add to its already bountiful, richness!!! I am learning a lot and know others are too."

"Great intro to wines and the winemaking process."

"I very much enjoyed taking this course, and found it very informative."

"I found this course very informative and the instructor was disarmingly charming while still imparting significant knowledge in viticulture and winemaking. The course modules are succinct, allowing me to watch in bite-sized chunks. Terms were clearly defined, and the language was accurate but not filled with the normal pretentiousness one often finds associated with wine. A definite recommendation for wine newbies, but also for folks who know wine well and want to know more about the vineyard."

This course has 2,700+ students in 116 countries and it's growing daily!

This is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand course on all aspects of wine. What will we cover?

  • Wine defined
  • A short history of wine and where it came from
  • Visit a native grapevine in its natural habitat
  • A full year in the vineyard, exploring practices and tasks of vineyard workers
  • How the heck wine is made
  • Building your confidence in buying the right wines
  • How the heck to taste it "properly" (spoiler alert: however you want)
  • Wine "lingo" and how to wade through the jargon
  • How and where to buy wine on a budget
  • Frequently asked questions about wine (and if your question isn't not on the list, I'll answer it within 1 day)
  • An interview with a wine retailer covering what to look for in wine stores
  • Principles of pairing wine and food (coming late October)
  • A list of recommended wine resources (books, apps, seasonal gift ideas, etc.)
  • How to tell what kind of wines you would or wouldn't like (coming late October)

What are the features?

  • Lifetime access. No limits.
  • iPhone, iPad, and Android accessibility
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Slides from the course lectures in pdf format
  • Download the course to your mobile device: watch and interact while you're on the go
  • You'll get my personal email for any burning wine questions or recommendations you have for adding content to the course (within a day!)

Why take this course?

  • Enhance your enjoyment of wine, in your own unique way
  • Feel the hubris of wine confidence, and put that wine snob you know to shame =)
  • Just kidding, we're not about shaming here
  • But heck, you can become a wine snob yourself, if you'd like
  • I personally enjoy the term "wine geek" much more. In this course we'll teach you how to geek out on wine.

How is the course structured?

  • Informative video lectures in the form of talking head clips and some powerpoint slides
  • Take this course with a friend! Pop that bottle open and park yourself!
  • It's structured to be informative and fun. Even more so with wine. Cheers!

Make sure to check out the lectures marked as Free Previews!


What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to enjoy wine!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Enjoy wine, carefree from judgement
  • Gain a comprehensive and real understanding of all aspects of wine
  • Have confidence in your knowledge of wine
  • Use your comprehension to inform your decisions about how to better your wine drinking experience

Who is the target audience?

  • This wine course is for anyone interested in wine, but it is mostly geared for beginners
  • If you are interested in a comprehensive perspective on wine from start to finish, this is the course for you

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Intro
Section 2: Wine Defined, and How We Humans Came About It
Key Questions and Definitions
Wine Defined, History Part 1
A Grapevine in its Natural Habitat
History Part 2
Section 3: A Year in the Vineyard
Key Questions and Definitions
Grapevine Anatomy and Vineyard Layout
A Year in the Vines
6 questions

This quiz tests your knowledge of grapevine anatomy, tasks in the vineyard, and the growing seasons.

Section 4: How Wine Is Made
Winemaking Philosophy
White Wine Production
Red Wine Production
Rosé Wine Production
Section 5: FAQs!
Frequently Asked Questions
Section 6: The Simple Principles of How We Taste
Introduction and Subjectivity
The Tasting Guide
Drinking Vs Tasting
A Guide to the Guide
Step 1: See
Step 2: Sniff
Step 3: Savor
Step 4: Stay
Step 5: Set Against
Step 6: Summarize
Section 7: How We Talk About Wine
How We Talk About Wine
Section 8: How to Buy Wine
How to Make Your Dollar Go Farther When Buying Wine

I got a chance to interview Jason from TotalWine about how your local wine retailer can help you find the perfect bottle of wine.

Remember, you can download this mp3 file (or any of the videos) and take it on the road with you!

Section 9: Finish Up!

Let's get all Timothy-Ferriss up in here.


So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Section 10: Resources
Bonus Lecture: Resources

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Instructor Biography

Michael is a winemaker at an award-winning boutique winery in Central Virginia. He has lectured at Virginia Tech and contributed to programs at Piedmont Virginia Community College, and he also regularly conducts seminars and tours for local wine drinkers. In 2013, Michael and his brother, Luke, relaunched the pre-Prohibition Monticello Wine Company — an historic Virginia wine business founded in 1873. Their goals are to make great wine from the area's top growers, be ambassadors for Virginia wine, and focus on wine education. Michael lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three kiddos.

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