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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week, including a final project...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Wine Styles

In this first module we’ll take the first steps on our journey through the various categories of wines, starting with the flavor profiles of classic New World and Old World wines. We’ll also identify and describe flavor groups of wine and discuss sensory physiology including the visual, olfactory, textural, and taste aspects of various wines. We’ll also analyze how climate can affect the grape and wine flavor expression, and we’ll discuss the concept of "terroir". Finally, you will create a set of basic taste standards for practicing blind tasting....
Reading
18 videos (Total 128 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video18 videos
Wine Styles Introduction1m
Introduction to Wine Sensory9m
Wine Glasses13m
Basic Wine Types3m
Old World Versus New World Wines5m
Climate and Style6m
Selecting Wines for this Course3m
Formal Wine Tasting Set-Up4m
The Tasting Grid5m
Wine Clarity7m
Wine Color10m
The First Sniff8m
The First Taste10m
The Second Taste6m
Wine Texture7m
Formal Wine Evaluation (Whites)9m
Formal Wine Evaluation (Reds)10m
Reading1 reading
Before You Begin...2m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 - Wine Styles24m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Wine Flavor and Aroma

In this module, the journey continues and we will compare and contrast the flavor profiles of eight classic red varietals and eight classic white varietals. We’ll also discuss the growing requirements for each varietal as well as their cultural and historic background and growing locations. At the conclusion of this module, you will write a descriptive analysis of the aroma attributes you identify in a particular wine. Finally, you’ll create flavor standards to help you develop your sensory vocabulary....
Reading
24 videos (Total 113 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video24 videos
The Aroma Wheel13m
Grape Varietals8m
Bordeaux Reds and Whites3m
Selecting Typical Wines1m
Chardonnay7m
Chenin Blanc3m
Sauvignon Blanc3m
Semillon2m
Noble Rot2m
Riesling3m
The International Riesling Foundation & Trimethyldihydronaphthalene3m
Gewürztraminer3m
Pinot Grigio2m
MLF and Buttery3m
Cabernet Sauvignon4m
Merlot2m
Pinot Noir3m
Syrah / Shiraz3m
Grenache2m
Sangiovese2m
Descriptive Analysis4m
Flight of Whites13m
Flight of Reds13m
Reading1 reading
Selecting Wines for This Module10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 - Wine Flavor/Aroma Standards22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Common Wine Faults

Is there something wrong with this wine? This week we’ll examine the philosophy behind what actually constitutes a fault in wine. We’ll identify the most often-encountered faults and explain how to recognize them as well as determine what caused them. We’ll also examine the Old World and New World sensibilities toward some of these faults, and discuss how some so-called faults may really be attributes that contribute to a wine’s complexity. We’ll differentiate between a fault and a defect and examine the range of classic faults and their origins. You’ll learn techniques for spotting problems and create wine defect sniff standards to practice fault recognition. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Common Wine Faults7m
Beauty is in the Nose of the Beholder4m
Threshold4m
Oxidation Faults4m
Vinegar8m
Reduction Faults3m
Oxidation and Acetic Acid Faults10m
Sulfites and Sulfides4m
Microbial Faults6m
Cork Taint4m
Sulfites5m
Common Wine Faults Summary6m
Reading1 reading
Materials to Acquire10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 - Common Wine Faults24m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Wine and Food Pairing

Can you drink red wine with fish? In this module we’ll discuss the often perplexing question of how to pair wine with food, and the physical, structural, textural, and aromatic aspects of both the "wine side" and the "food side" of the equation. We’ll discuss ways to improve your ability to make flavorful choices and determine the structure and "weight" of a wine. To help you predict a good food match, we’ll talk about the process of flavor profiling and how to decide whether to change a wine or food to make a pair work. Finally, we’ll discuss the "seven deadly sins" of wine and food pairing, and you’ll develop a personal wine and food scoring system....
Reading
11 videos (Total 75 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Pairing Wine and Foods6m
Deconstructing the Flavors7m
Bridging Ingredients4m
Food Weight6m
The Cherry Tomato Experiment5m
Balance3m
Sip, Bite, Sip3m
Grading Food and Wine Interactions5m
Food and Wine Pairing Activity15m
Food and Wine Pairing Activity Continued15m
Reading1 reading
Materials For This Module15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 - Wine and Food Pairing20m

Instructor

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John Buechsenstein

Wine Appreciation Faculty
UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • To properly complete this course, you are expected to purchase wine and materials on your own to follow along with the instructor. You will need to purchase wine glasses (if you do not already have a proper set as outlined in the lecture), up to 16 bottles of wine, and small amounts of food to experience this course fully. We anticipate you will spend anywhere from $150-$250 USD for the materials in this course.

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