Are you a wine lover looking to take your knowledge to the next level?
Taking a wine course can be a great way to deepen your understanding of wine production, grape varieties, wine regions, wine languages, and wine law. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top 5 things you can expect to learn when taking a wine course with SommWine, a Whistler-based wine school.
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Wine Production and Flavours is One of the first things you'll learn in a wine course.
One of the first things you’ll learn in a wine course is how wine is made.
From harvesting grapes to fermentation, aging, and bottling, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the wine production process. You’ll also learn about the various techniques used to create different styles of wine, including red, white, and rosé.
More interestingly, you’ll discover how each stage of wine production can affect the final flavor and aroma of the wine, such as the impact of oak barrels, malolactic fermentation, and lees aging.
You'll Learn About Different Wine Grapes when taking a wine course.
Another important aspect of wine education is learning about the different grape varieties used to make wine.
You’ll learn about the key characteristics of each grape, including their flavor profile, acidity, tannins, and aroma. You’ll also learn about how different grape varieties are blended together to create complex and balanced wines.
Learning all about wine regions is one of the top things you'll learn when taking a wine course.
Wine is produced in many different regions around the world, and each region has its own unique characteristics that influence the flavor and style of the wine.
In a wine course, you’ll explore some of the world’s most famous wine regions, such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa Valley, and Tuscany. You’ll learn about the climate, soil, and topography of each region and how these factors impact the wine produced there.
In fact, taking a wine course is all about studying the food, history and culture of all the wine producing nations in the world!
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You'll be tasting a variety of wines when taking a wine course. Therefore, you'll be dabbling in other languages too.
The world of wine has its own vocabulary, and learning the language of wine is an important part of becoming a wine expert.
In a wine course, you’ll learn how to describe wine using terms such as “dry,” “sweet,” “oaky,” and “tannic.” You’ll also learn about the different wine tasting techniques used by professionals to evaluate and rate wine.
Then there’s ‘abboccato’, ‘cépage’, ‘Touriga Nacional’, ‘Dão’… you’ll learn to read and pronounce words in many languages!
The best thing is, the wines you taste will be selected by a certified wine professional so you’ll only taste the best examples.
You'll be dipping your toes into the wine laws of other nations...
Finally, in a wine course, you’ll learn about the legal regulations that govern the production, labelling, and the sale of wine.
Understanding the different wine appellations and how they are used to identify the origin and quality of wine will help you know what the wine is inside a bottle before you purchase it. You’ll also learn about the various regulatory bodies responsible for enforcing wine laws and ensuring the integrity of the wine industry.
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Taking a wine class is a fantastic way for you to learn words to describe wines, wine production, and grape varieties. But you’ll also discover new regions, languages and culture and wine law.
So what are you waiting for? Enroll in a wine class with SommWine today!
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