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Welcome to Wine for Beginners! ! I cannot wait to ignite your passion and prepare yourself to go on a life journey through a glass of wine. Let’s face it though, the subject of wine is very difficult to learn. Think about it: You have to figure out what wine’s grape (or varietal) is, then what appellation or (wine growing area) it comes from, then what vintage (or year) the wine is made. Then you taste the wine and you have to figure out what the wine looks, smells, and tastes like.
Up to this point, you may be going into a wine without proper information. A lot of times, people get confused because they don’t understand what the wine actually looks, smells, and tastes like. We all been there. I remember when I first learned wine at a fine dining restaurant, I described a wine to a guest so well that the guest ordered an Iced Tea! I’ll never forget it! I said then, “This Pinot Noir tastes like cherries...light…no tannins” I mean it was terrible!I designed Wine for Beginners today because I want to showcase to you the process of how I began my wine education. I will be “Developing the Sommelier in You!” by creating the “structure” to enable you to process wine knowledge quickly. Without structure, studying wine and learning will be difficult.
In order to complete this course, you will receive the following:
*Wine Description Boards that showcase the seven characteristics of each grape
*Course Category Boards which describes the varying levels of intensities of each flavor characteristics
*Varietal Comparison Sheet that you can track your progress throughout the course
I want to "Develop the Sommelier in You!" This is the foundation that will propel your wine knowledge. Enjoy!
Mario Luna, Certified Sommelier
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|Section 1: Welcome to Wine for Beginners!|
Welcome to Wine for Beginners! During this course, Certified Sommelier Mario Luna will guide you through building the foundation of your wine education using the Wine Description Board as the centerpiece of your journey. Each characteristic on the board is designed to help identify and differentiate each of the wine varietals you'll study.
|Get ready to take the course by printing out or downloading the Varietal List, Varietal Comparison Sheet, and the Course Category Boards. (Explanations for how to use these supplementary materials are included in the Preparing for the Course video.) Take the time to familiarize yourself with the information.|
|Section 2: The Varietals of the Course!|
|In the first white wine section, Mario spends time describing a soft, fruity Riesling while using the seven characteristic of the wine description board. Mario, why are you smelling your clothes???|
|In this section, Mario outlines the characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc as he helps you discover how non-fruit aromas play a part in determining the type of wine you are tasting. At the end of the lesson, you'll have a full understanding of how to use the Varietal Comparison Sheet.|
Sauvignon Blanc Quiz
|In this section, Mario describes the heaviest of the white wines: Chardonnay! He also interprets the effects of oak usage and describes how to choose wines from regions that reflect your preference for lighter or heavier wines.|
|In this first red wine section, Mario likens the acidity in Pinot Noir to one of your favorite childhood beverages and discusses how your taste buds recognize, process, and react to acidity.|
Pinot Noir Quiz
|In this section, Mario delves into the peppery, supple, juicy qualities of Syrah, while using the wine's label to make a clear-cut definition of the wine's alcohol level. This is one rating system that actually works!|
|In the final section of Wine for Beginners, Mario talks about the heaviest red wine of the course: Cabernet Sauvignon! There's nothing "dry" about this information (you'll get that joke after the video).|
Cabernet Sauvignon Quiz
|Section 3: The Conclusion and Final Quiz!|
|Before taking the final quiz, take the time to have all of the study materials ready - hurray for open book tests! Use the digital flashcards to prepare, and don' t forget to print out the sample tasting sheets and keep them handy for future tastings.|
|Quiz 7||32 questions|
Before taking this quiz, make sure you have the following completed and studied:
*Varietal Comparison Sheet filled out
*Course Category Boards completely understood
"You can't be the best at what you do unless you can provide the service to better everyone else." - Eddie Osterland
This quote was articulated to Mario Luna by Eddie Osterland, the first American Master Sommelier, back in 2007. That night, Mario witnessed one of Eddie’s captivating wine education tastings called “Power Entertainment.“ It was this event that galvanized Mario’s incredible journey towards becoming a Master Sommelier himself.
Mario Luna attended ITT Technical Institute and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004. In May 2011, Mario passed the Level 1 Introductory Course & Exam administered by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers; a mere four months later he became a Certified Sommelier through the same institution. He is currently preparing for the Advanced Level Exam which will bring him one step closer to his goal of achieving the coveted title of Master Sommelier, the highest position a Sommelier can obtain.
Spurred on by the quote above, Mario Luna holds himself perpetually to a higher standard of serving others. His passion for educating industry professionals and casual wine lovers alike about the intricacies of wine led him to start his own video blog and wine education company in 2013. Mario’s mantra is, “Developing the Sommelier in You!“ the process of which is simple: Watch the videos, learn the content, and then inspire others.
Mario currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he runs his own business and works on the famous Las Vegas Strip. He also frequently conducts tastings in private homes, for business functions, and as part of corporate team-building exercises. In addition to his ever-increasing library of online wine education courses, Mario also tutors budding sommeliers in both one-on-one and group settings.