4 Week 'Introduction to Wine' Course (Reading)
Get to grips with the fascinating world of wine on this 4 week introductory course.
Run over 4 consecutive Wednesdays, this is designed for people who enjoy wine and want to learn more!
At the end of the course you will :
- Be able to taste wine like a professional
- Have learned how to assess the quality of a wine
- Be able to tell if a wine is faulty
- Understand the world’s most important red and white wines
- Have tasted 27 different wines!
- Know how to match food with wine
- Understand wine labels and how to spot a good wine in the shops
- Plus lots more!
Course Dates and Times:
7.15pm - 9.15pm on 16th May to 6th June 2018
What if I have to miss any evenings?
Not a problem. You may either send a substitute, or pick up the missed session on a subseqent Beginner's Course, or obtain a refund voucher valid for other Thames Valley Wine School courses and tastings.
Week 1 – Introduction to Wine Tasting
This first session will cover the basics: how wine is made and where in the world it comes from, how to taste wine and assess it like a true professional, tasting 6 of the most important wines in the world and improving your senses with our ‘Nez du Vin’ aroma kit.
Week 2 – White wines of the world
This evening we’ll move on to talk about white wines and taste 7 delicious examples along the way. We’ll talk a bit about the grape varieties and what they taste like as well as the wine regions that they come from, consider their potential for food and wine matching and further hone your wine tasting skills. We'll also cover things like use of oak, find out which is better - cork or screw cap, and bust a few wine myths too.
Week 3 – Red wines of the world
Here we’ll explore the huge variety of red wine styles to be found. From light and fruity Pinot Noir to the smoky, spicy Rioja; the elegant Cabernet Sauvignon to the behemoth that is Australian Shiraz! As well as trying 7 more fantastic wines, we’ll also talk about tannin and why some wines get better with age, as well as some other useful tips like why/when you should decant wine and what temperature to serve it at.
Week 4 – Italian Food and Wine Matching
The last evening is all about how to match food and wine. On this evening we'll pair up some of the wonderful foods of Italy with some delicious wines. We'll see how the complex flavours can complement each other, bringing out the flavours of both and making a sum greater than their individual parts. Food and Wine matching is a true gastronomic delight, and we're going to talk through some general principals to give you some really good tips to take away and practice at home.
So join us on this 4 week course and change the way you think about wine forever! You’ll try some amazing wines, meet some great new people with a shared interest and have a fantastic time along the way.
Comprehensive tasting sheets, course notes and use of professional ISO wine tasting glasses are included.
Places remaining: 8
Course Date/Time: Wed 16th May 2018 at 7.15pm
Duration: 2 hours x 4 sessions
Venue: Novotel, Reading Centre