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About the Course

With its roots in ancient cultures as early as 6,000 BC, wine has long been part of the human experience. Today, increasing worldwide interest in wine and its complexities and varieties has created an international market valued at $304 billion annually. For the learner who is just getting started in the study of wine, this course will help you take the first steps toward understanding the physiological process of wine tasting. The first module will explore types of wine and help you set up your own tasting. You’ll also begin to build a sensory vocabulary. In module 2 you will review classic wine types of the world and set up flights of specific wines. Later we’ll examine the various faults and defects that can appear in wine as well as techniques for spotting problems. In week 4 we’ll delve into the complex world of wine and food pairings, and its “seven deadly sins.” The course will culminate in a peer review project in which you will apply the knowledge and sensory techniques you have developed throughout the course to assess a specific wine....

Top reviews


May 07, 2019

This is a great source of information about wine and of course wine tasting. The work to do home is very learning focus and this type of practice helps you grab the information and retain it.


Oct 07, 2020

Awesome course. After this course I feel confident speaking to my guests about wine choices and can guide them towards a great food pairing. Thanks John, you are a great professor!

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By Dennis G

May 31, 2020

Fantastic course.

By Diyora P K

Apr 29, 2020

Excellent course


Jul 27, 2020

good experience

By Michalis G

May 06, 2019

Great course!

By Debora G S

Nov 08, 2018

It´s amazing!

By Parmar H S

Oct 28, 2019

Very Helpful

By Ajay s

Mar 22, 2019

very helpful

By Dr. R E M

Oct 01, 2020

Nice course

By Karthick R

Sep 04, 2020

Very useful

By Penelope b

May 06, 2018

Very nice !

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By Jasmine M J

Aug 13, 2020

I loved it

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By Pradipta S G

Jun 02, 2020

very well

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By Benka P

Mar 26, 2020

John Buechsenstein is superb. Unfortunately the peer assignment rating procedure is a nightmare and should be rethink-ed and restructured. Not all the students are able to do their job well and can be frustrating for a serious learner.

By David D

Apr 11, 2017

Impressive, one learns a great deal about tasting techniques but also the basics of grape and wine variations. I just wish I had a better for detecting the aromas!

By Fausto B

Aug 28, 2020

Great course but how can I get the certificate? Please email at

By Somesh S

Oct 01, 2020

Yes the course is excellent. Learnt more about sensory analysis of different wines

By Yelena S

Sep 19, 2020

I enjoyed the course. The instructor was very good. Wine tasting was fun!

By Jonathan G

Feb 18, 2018

fascinating course

By Nicolás L

Jun 05, 2017

Very nice course!