MasterClass – James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation
.MP4, AVC, 1920×1080, 24 fps | English, AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 2h 18m | + PDF Workbook | 3.76 GB
A master of the technical aspects of wine tasting, James Suckling has tasted more than 200,000 wines so far in his 40-year career. He also helped to standardize the 100-point scale in wine reviews, and Forbes has called him "one of the world’s most powerful wine critics."
James and his team of tasting editors now rate about 10,000 wines every year, posting comprehensive tasting notes, reviews, reports, and videos from their travels around the globe to JamesSuckling.com.
Though he’s built an encyclopedic knowledge of wines, histories, and ratings, James is most passionate about teaching students to trust their instincts, to learn to distinguish what they enjoy, and, most of all, to savor the moments wine can create. In his MasterClass, the former Wine Spectator senior editor starts in the cellars at Il Borro and tours legendary Tuscan vineyards, talking with winemakers and teaching his approach to the emotional aspects of appreciating wines from around the world. Cultivate your passion, learn James’s philosophy on enjoying wines, and choose, order, and pair wines with a deeper understanding of the distinct properties in every bottle.
Through 11 online video lessons and a comprehensive wine guide with printable tasting sheets, James teaches you:
* What he looks for in a great glass of wine
* How he conducts a blind tasting
* His approach to barrel tasting
* Why good wine doesn’t have to be pricey
* Tips for demystifying wine menus
* His approach to choosing and buying wines
* His wine and food strategy
* Creative ideas for pairing wine with food
* How to look for the stories, history, and people in every bottle
* Ideas for curating a home wine collection
This class is intended for persons of drinking age in their jurisdiction. Please drink responsibly.
Meet your new instructor: Internationally-renowned wine critic James Suckling. In your first lesson, James brings you into Tuscany’s Il Borro Cellars to tell you what you’ll learn, why he’s teaching, and how wine appreciation can enhance your life.
02. Tasting Techniques: Conducting a Blind Tasting
James believes that blind tasting can tell you a lot about a wine. Learn how to refine your palate and utilize the 100-point scale to evaluate the quality of a wine.
03. Discerning Flavors and Aromas: Student Tasting Experience
In order to appreciate wine, you must first be able to truly taste it. Understand the common characteristics of different varietals by discussing flavor, aroma, acidity, structure, texture, and balance.
04. Meet the Maker: An Introduction
Every bottle has a story. Meet the maker behind the historic Marchesi Antinori, and learn about the winemaking family’s role in creating the legendary Super Tuscan Tignanello.
05. Appreciation on Location, Part 1: A Vertical Tasting
Soil and climate play an essential role in the winemaking process. James teaches you how to look for subtleties between vintages with a vertical tasting of Tignanello.
06. Appreciation on Location, Part 2: Barrel Tasting
Tasting from a barrel can be dramatically different than from a bottle. Learn what to look for in the barrel, and how to determine a wine’s potential direction.
07. Primary Factors of Influence: In the Vineyard
All great wines begin in the vineyard. Learn the principles of viticulture as James teaches you the factors that influence a great wine, and the importance of soil, climate, varietals, and regions.
08. Storing and Curating: A Home Cellar
James shares professional tips on how to design and organize a home cellar, properly store and age important bottles, and collect with confidence.
09. Education and Etiquette: Reading a Wine List
Along with legendary winemaker Lamberto Frescobaldi, James demystifies the process of reading a wine list. Gain the knowledge and etiquette to properly order in a restaurant setting, as well as share from your own collection.
10. Breaking the Rules of Pairings: A Tuscan Luncheon
For James, breaking the rules when experimenting with wine pairing is essential to the dining experience. Learn how to pair unconventional foods and wines to bring out new and highly creative flavor combinations.
James ends his class with a reminder of the key elements of wine appreciation: Be curious, be passionate, share with family and friends, and above all-don’t drink bad wine!
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