A Modern Introduction to Wine

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Forge the foundations of your wine education with A Modern Introduction to Wine, Wild Wine School's first online course.  Across eight weeks of study, we'll breathe life into wine's brilliant basics, while shining a special light on sustainable viticulture, and minimal intervention winemaking.  

Offered three times a year, A Modern Introduction to Wine will evolve with the seasons, bending with the elements to deliver varied content, wine types and special guests to reflect both the time of year, and the ever-changing world of wine. 

The Low Down…

  • Delivered over eight weeks.
  • Made up of eight emails-worth of guided study sent every Sunday. These include a weekly activity and suggested further reading.
  • Weekly Zoom sessions every Thursday evening, led by wine expert Debbie Siobhan Warner aka. The Wild Wine Woman. Join live or access the recording each week.
  • Small classes, limited to 20 students each course.
  • Flexible, so you can study as much or as little as you want to before each week's Zoom session and attend as many live sessions as you like or watch recordings in your own time. 
  • Hear directly from industry experts, including winemakers, merchants and sommeliers.
  • Comes complete with a box of eight seasonally chosen wines*, a Wild Wine School tasting glass, Wild Wine School bottle opener and a pack of 17 flavour prompt cards.
*Please note the selection of wines to accompany the course changes seasonally but will be of an equivalent quality and value to those pictured below.


Themes we'll cover include: 

Chardonnay and Friends

Busting myths, and arming you with the skills to be a discerning Chardonnay drinker, we'll discover just how chameleon-like this versatile grape can be. You'll also be introduced to the seven other main grape varieties important in winemaking - Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as pointing you in the direction of information on more weird and wonderful grapes.

Sparkling Wines

Move aside Prosecco, step back Grand Marcs of Champagne, in Sparkling Wine Week we'll talk Pet Nat, Corpinnat, Grower Champagnes, plus other fizzes that will get you popping corks every day of the week.

Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture

Always wanted to know what happens in the vineyards of organic wineries? And how does a winemaker have to do to become certifiably organic? From lunar cycles to the special alchemy of plants and manure, discover how biodynamic, and organic farmers navigate the fascinating world of sustainable viticulture.

Natural Wines

The best winemakers will tell you that wine is made in the vineyard rather than the winery. They believe it's the job of the winemaker to guide grapes gently through to a wine, allowing them to express a sense of place. But what choices do winemakers have to make and how do these choices affect the finished wine? We explore these questions and more in Natural Wine Week. 

Pairing Wine with Food- Winter Fayre (changes seasonally)

Debunk the ‘only drink white wine with fish’ rule, and other myths in our practical food pairing lesson. Prepping you with a set of pairing guidelines, we'll help you understand how food and wines interact, guiding you in the direction of combinations perfect for your personal taste.

Region in Focus - Beaujolais (changes seasonally)

Applying the knowledge you've gleaned so far, we delve into some distinguished wine regions around the world. This week, the vineyards of Beaujolais. The people, the stories and the specifics of the terroir, you'll soon have Beaujolais all sewn up. 

Rosé

Shaking off its chintzy connotations, we look at rosé through a new lens. With plenty of enlightening examples, from deep-punchy pinks through to delicate onion skin pale rosés, we look at how they're made, and why they're demanding some serious attention.

English Wines

We unveil the brave new world of English winemaking, introducing you to some pioneering producers, as well as considering how climate change might affect what happens to the future of wine. 

Who is this course for?
A Modern Introduction to Wine has been designed for people who love to learn, those who are curious to know the stories behind the wines they drink and fascinated by the processes involved in how wine is made. No previous wine knowledge or certifications are required, but the stronger your thirst for learning, the more you'll gain from the course. There's also plenty of content for those with an intermediate level of wine knowledge to get their teeth stuck in to, and more advanced learners should find the course enjoyable – if not a challenge. 

Course Dates 2021

Late Winter Course (January to March)

Zoom sessions from 19.30-21.00 on the following Thursdays:

January 14th, 21st, 28th , February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, and March 4th 2021. 

Wine and Food Pairing Theme- Winter Fayre

Region in Focus- Beaujolais

 

Spring course (April and May)

Zoom sessions 19.30-21.00 on Thursdays (exact dates TBC)

Wine and Food Pairing Theme- From the Sea

Region in Focus- Galicia

 

Autumn Course (October and November)

Zoom sessions 19.30-21.00 on Thursdays (exact dates TBC)

Wine and Food Pairing Theme- Italy

Region in Focus- Tuscany

  

What our Students Say: 

"Debbie has produced a dynamic and relative course for the modern wine drinker. The course design focusses on a select group of topics which felt like an important foundation of wine knowledge. I feel as though any confusion I had on these topics has been clarified and I feel more confident conversing in the bottle shop about what I do and don't want. I recommend this course for anyone who would like to get more enjoyment out of their wine life."*


"I've learnt so much over the course of this training, from the science of the soil to the complexities of tasting wine with food. I really knew nothing before but now I feel inspired to be more engaged in the different varieties and already feel much more confident in approaching a wine menu. Thank you Debbie & Wild Wine School for creating such an exciting, accessible and inspiring course!"*


"I have been drinking wine for 50y. My pattern of consumption has varied over the years, largely reflecting places I've visited (I did once have a bottle of Afghan wine!) and opportunities for buying it. I confess that I had become lazy, buying mainly from supermarkets. Debbie's course has given me opportunity to development a better language in thinking and talking about wine, and has inspired me to take a more responsible and far more interesting approach to buying wine. I am now focusing on small producers in the less well known wine producing regions of Spain, and loving it!"*

 

"This course has been one of the most interesting and fulfilling things I have ever been part of. Firstly, it has given me the confidence to choose better wine. I find buying wine far more enjoyable as I am aware of which grape varieties and which regions I might most enjoy. I could confidently recommend a style of wine to a friend if they told me what kind of flavours they enjoy. My knowledge has vastly grown since the start of the course and I can happily talk about specific areas of wine and wine culture. It has prompted an interest in wine that I would never have realised. I have purchased books and I am researching vineyards to work on next summer. Being part of such a welcoming and interesting community over the last eight weeks has been extremely fulfilling. I have met some wonderful people on the zoom sessions who are more than happy to help me further my research and knowledge of wine. Debbie has been such a fantastic, accommodating host; I could not recommend this course more."*


*Testimonials from students who enrolled on our pilot of this course.