Michael's Beginners Course

This course is based on the 9 tastings detailed in the last section of my book: Essential Winetasting . It is an introduction to basic tasting technique, covering the world’s major grape varieties and their varying styles from the principal wine producing countries.

 

Basic information

Duration: 1 evening a week for 6 weeks.
7 benchmark wines each evening.
Time: 6.45-8.45pm (Evgs 1 & 2 last a little longer).
Location:
19-21 Hatton Garden , London EC1N 8BA

Price: £359 Inc Vat

Enquire / Book 

 

Next Course Dates: 

Mondays: January 30;  February 6, 13,  20, 27;  March 6. 2017

 

[Tuesdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11. 2017. NB These dates

are provisional. I will run the course if there is sufficient demand.

I would book this course, if it is your first choice. I will confirm

availability, and ask for a £59, returnable, deposit; but I will only

ask for the balance once I know it is definitetly going ahead. In the

meantime put the Sept / Oct dates in your diary as well, as a fallback

option.]

 

Tuesdays: September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24. 2017

 

Complete Synopsis: See end of this page.

 

BEGINNERS COURSE CORE CONTENT

- Benchmark quality wines to taste.

- A thorough grounding in tasting, in how to ‘see what there is to see'.

- Perceiving quality differences, describing style differences.

- Enabling you to make sense of what you taste in terms of description, quality, style, typicity, preference, value for money, drinking context.

-  41 wines are tasted ranging, approximately, from £5 to £45 a bottle.

 

BY THE END OF SIX WEEKS YOU WILL HAVE

- Tasted the majority of different wine types.
- A system which helps you compare, describe and remember wines.
- A means of enabling you to perceive and discuss their quality.
- The ability to see more ‘patterns’ in wine, & make more sense of its great variety.

- A better developed combination of personal taste and objective judgement.

 

WINES FROM EUROPE

France: Loire (Muscadet, Sancerre,) Alsace; Burgundy (red, white); Beaujolais; Bordeaux; Champagne; Rhône.
Italy: Tuscany; Piedmont.
Spain: Rioja; Sherry.
Germany: Mosel.
Hungary: Tokay.
Portugal: Port, Madeira.

 

WINES FROM THE NEW WORLD

Australia, New Zealand, California, Chile, South Africa
 

MAJOR GRAPE VARIETIES TASTED

White: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Furmint, Muscat
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Syrah/Shiraz

 

MAJOR WINE STYLES TASTED

White, Red; Dry, Sweet; Sparkling, Fortified