Wine in One Hour

If you have one hour to spare - you can learn the basics of wine and wine tasting!
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Have you ever wished you knew more about the world of wine, but didn't know where to start learning? Or lacked the time to participate in lengthy courses and expensive wine tasting sessions? This course will teach you the basics of wine and wine tasting in just 60 minutes! Through a series of short lectures, you will gain an understanding of the wine making process, become familiar with the top red and white wine varietals, learn how to taste and evaluate wine, and learn how to serve wine for maximum enjoyment. All in just one hour!

After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand what viticulture is and some of the key environmental factors that impact grape growing.
  • Know the components of the grape and the role each plays in the wine making process.
  • Know how to properly observe, smell, and taste a wine.
  • Be able to evaluate the elements of color, clarity, body, and mouthfeel.
  • Be familiar with the top red and white wine varietals from around the world, and know the flavor and characteristics to expect from each.
  • Know how to serve wine for maximum enjoyment - including correct serving temperature, when to aerate or decant a wine, and what type of glasses to choose.


You will be able to answer questions such as:

  • What is terroir, and what is a terroir-expressive wine?
  • How does the grape growing environment impact the final wine?
  • What makes a wine sweet vs dry?
  • What are tannins and how can one identify them?
  • What is the impact of barrel aging on a wine?
  • What is malolactation fermentation?
  • What do the terms clarity, body, and mouthfeel mean?
  • How can I tell the difference between a light and full bodied wine?
  • What is the 'finish' of a wine and why is it important?
  • Do I need to age this wine?
  • What temperature should my wine be stored at?
  • Should a red wine really be served at room temperature?
  • What is the most efficient way to chill a bottle of wine?
  • What is the difference between aerating and decanting a wine?
  • How did Cabernet Sauvignon become so popular?
  • How did popular culture influence the fate of Merlot in the United States?
  • Is Syrah the same as Shiraz?
  • How do Chardonnay wines from various regions differ from one another?
  • What does it take for a wine to be called Champagne?
  • What is the famous Sauternes wine and how is it made?
  • What is "noble rot" and how can it benefit wine production?


This course is designed for the beginner or intermediate wine drinker. Whether you have zero wine knowledge or already understand some of the fundamentals, this course will help you expand your knowledge base and increase your appreciation for the art of winemaking.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required to enjoy this course. Just bring your love of wine drinking!
  • It's optional, but recommended, that you taste some of the wines discussed as you take the course. Tasting as you learn will only enhance your understanding of the varietals discussed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the key elements of viticulture and how the growing environment and methods can impact the character of a wine.
  • Understand the basic winemaking process, and some of the ways in which a winemaker can influence the quality and character of a wine.
  • Be familiar with the top white and red wine varietals, and know what type of flavor and characteristics to expect from each.
  • Correctly taste and evaluate a wine, including elements such as aroma ,flavor, color, clarity, body, mouthfeel, and finish.
  • Properly store wine to maximize its life and preserve quality.
  • Know how to properly serve wine for maximum enjoyment - including proper serving temperatures, when to aerate or decant wine, and even the best glasses to use.

What is the target audience?

  • This introductory wine course is designed for the casual wine drinker, who would like to increase his or her knowledge and enjoyment of wine.
  • If you have zero wine knowledge - this is a great place to start! If you know a few basics already, the class will help expand your wine knowledge and grow your appreciation for the art of winemaking.
  • This course is not designed for the experienced wine connoisseur- experts will find it a bit too easy!

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
04:26
This lecture provides an overview of the course content, structure, and learning objectives. Start here!
Section 2: Introduction to Grapes and Winemaking
2 pages

Overview of the learning objectives for the upcoming Grapes 101 and Basic Winemaking lectures.

05:06

This lecture provides a concise overview of wine growing and how the various components and characteristics of grapes influence the final character and quality of a wine.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what viticulture is and some of the key environmental factors that impact grape growing
  2. Know the components of the grape and the role each plays in wine making
  3. Be able to explain the difference between a sweet vs dry wine
  4. Understand the role of tannins and how to identify them


After completing this lesson, you will be able to answer questions such as:
  • What is viticulture?
  • What is terroir?
  • How does the growing environment impact the final wine?
  • What are the components of a grape and how does each contribute to the wine?
  • What is a sweet vs dry wine?
  • What are tannins and how do they affect the wine?
  • How can one learn to identify tannin?
04:01

This lecture provides an introduction to the wine production process and discusses some of the key ways in which a winemaker can influence the quality and character of the final product.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the key steps in the winemaking process
  2. Understand some of the differences between modern winemaking and traditional processes
  3. Be able to explain the role of Oak in winemaking
  4. Know what is meant by the terms barrel-aged, barrel-fermented, and unoaked wine

After completing this lesson, you will be able to answer questions such as:
  • What are the main steps in wine production?
  • What is fermentation and why is it important in winemaking?
  • What are the advantages of hand harvesting vs mechanical harvesting?
  • How does the use of oak in the winemaking process impact the final wine?
  • What do the terms barrel-aged, barrel-fermented, and unoaked mean?
  • What are some of the ways in which a winemaker can influence the character of a wine?
4 pages

Summary of key learnings from the Grapes 101 and Basics of Winemaking lectures. Reviewing this document will help to solidify the lessons learned and prepare you for the quiz that follows.

10 questions

Review of the concepts learned in the Grapes 101 and Basic Winemaking lessons.

Section 3: The Wine Tasting Experience
1 page

Overview of the learning objectives for the Fundamentals of Wine Tasting lecture.

05:31

This lecture explains the key qualities and characteristics of a wine, and how to properly evaluate each.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Know how to properly observe, smell, and taste a wine.
  2. Understand the elements of color, clarity, body, and mouthfeel and how to evaluate each.
  3. Gain an appreciation for the rich character and complexity of wine.

After completing this lesson, you will be able to answer questions such as:
  1. What is the best method for smelling and tasting wine?
  2. What can the color of a wine tell me about it?
  3. What do the terms clarity, body, and mouthfeel mean?
  4. How can I tell the difference between a light and full bodied wine?
  5. What is the 'finish' of a wine and why is it important?
  6. How do I describe the mouthfeel of a wine?
3 pages

Summary of key learnings from the Fundamentals of Wine Tasting lecture. Reviewing this document will help to solidify the lessons learned and prepare you for the quiz that follows.

10 questions

Recap of the key principles learned in the Fundamentals of Wine Tasting lecture.

Section 4: White Wines of the World
1 page

Overview of the learning objectives for the White Wines of the World lectures.

02:36

Overview of Chardonnay. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where does Chardonnay originate?
  • What does Chardonnay taste like?
  • How do Chardonnays from various regions differ from one another?
  • What is malolactation fermentation?
  • What is the impact of barrel aging Chardonnay?
  • What does it take for a wine to be called Champagne?
02:10

Overview of Sauvignon Blanc. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where does Sauvignon Blanc originate?
  • What are the best regions for producing Sauvignon Blanc?
  • What does Sauvignon Blanc taste and smell like?
  • What is Sauternes wine and how is it made?
  • What is "noble rot" and how can it benefit wine production?
02:01

Overview of Pinot Gris. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where does Pinot Gris originate?
  • Where is Pinot Gris produced today?
  • What does the name Pinot Gris mean?
  • What are the characteristics of a Pinot Gris wine?
  • What type of food pairs well with Pinot Gris?
02:03

Overview of Riesling. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where does Riesling originate?
  • What are the best regions for producing Riesling?
  • What are the characteristics of a good Riesling wine?
  • What is a "terroir-expressive" wine?
  • What type of food pairs well with Riesling?
10 questions

Review the key learnings from the White Wines of the World lectures on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling.

Section 5: Red Wines of the World
1 page

Overview of the learning objectives for the Red Wines of the World lectures.

01:54

Overview of Cabernet Sauvignon. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where does Cabernet Sauvignon originate?
  • What are the best regions for producing Cabernet Sauvignon?
  • How did Cabernet Sauvignon become so popular?
  • What does a Cabernet Sauvignon taste like?
01:52

Overview of Merlot. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where did Merlot originate and where is it produced today?
  • What are the characteristics of a good Merlot wine?
  • How does Merlot compare to Cabernet Sauvignon?
  • How did popular culture influence the fate of Merlot in the United States?
01:18

Overview of Pinot Noir. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • Where did Pinot Noir originate?
  • What makes Pinot Noir difficult to produce?
  • What are the characteristics of a great Pinot Noir?
  • What are the best regions for producing Pinot Noir?
01:37

Overview of Syrah. This lecture includes answers to questions such as:

  • What is Hermitage and how is it related to Syrah?
  • Where did Syrah originate and where is it produced today?
  • What are the characteristics of a Syrah wine?
  • Is Syrah the same as Shiraz?
  • How does the growing climate impact the character of Syrah?
Zinfandel
02:28
9 questions

Review key learnings from the Red Wines of the World lectures on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel.

Section 6: Storing & Serving Wine
2 pages

Overview of the learning objectives for the Storing Wine and Serving Wine lectures.

02:19

This lecture teaches how to properly store your wine collection, in order to protect the quality and character of the wine.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand which wines may benefit from aging
  2. Know the best temperature and locations for short and long term wine storage
  3. Understand the correct position for storing wine bottles
  4. Know how to properly store Champagne and why it differs from other wine

After completing this lesson, you will be able to answer questions such as:
  • Do I need to age this wine?
  • What temperature should my wine be stored at? Does this differ for short or long term storage?
  • What position should wine bottles be stored in?
  • How can sunlight impact wine?
  • Should Champagne be stored in the same manner as other wines?
05:01

Learn the basics of properly serving wine, including answers to the following questions.

  1. Learning Objectives:
  2. Know the correct temperature for serving various types of wine
  3. Understand the concepts of aeration and decanting, and when to use each
  4. Know how to choose the optimal wine glasses


After completing this lesson, you will be able to answer questions such as:

  • How long should I chill a bottle of white wine?
  • Should a red wine really be served at room temperature?
  • What is the most efficient way to chill a bottle of wine?
  • What type of glasses should I use?
  • What does the term aerating mean, and which wines should be aerated?
  • What is decanting, and when should a wine be decanted?
4 pages

Summary of key learnings from the Storing Wine and Serving Wine lectures. Reviewing this document will help to solidify the lessons learned and prepare you for the quiz that follows.

10 questions

Review of the concepts learned in the Storing Wine and Serving Wine lessons.

Section 7: Conclusion
01:09

Short wrap up which provides instructions for submitting questions on the course content and making suggestions for future course improvements.

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Instructor Biography

WineIQ is an educational community, dedicated to enhancing students' knowledge and appreciation for the world of wine.

Nicole is a professional marketer, who aspires to share her love of wine with students around the world. She has studied a wide variety of wines and winemaking techniques in various wine regions throughout the United States and Europe. She enjoys traveling through wine country, meeting the winemakers and continuing to learn about the art of winemaking!

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