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has anyone done the wine spectator courses?

post #1 of 8
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I'm thinking of doing one with my gf and I'm wondering if they're any good. What sort of suggestions do they make for the wine tastings? Are they very specific or more general? I'd do an offline tasting course but the only one i can find is in french and my gf only speaks english so it's not really worth the $$ for her...

I'm looking at the survey course and it is ten 90 minute classes with 2 wines tasted per class... It looks at wines from the United States, France, Italy, Spain, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

thoughts? The point is to get a better understanding of wine and expand the number of wines i've tasted. Right now i tend to stick to what I know, which basically means I buy a lot of pouilly-fuissé b/c I drink a lot of white. After i develop a better understanding of my own tastes, I'd like to start filling a wine fridge with worthy wines.
post #2 of 8
I too would be interested in trying something like this for the same reasons
post #3 of 8
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If you're really interested (and i'd be willing to do this with anyone I "know" on the forum), we could probably cheat on the fees.

The Understanding Wine course is 195 bucks, but I could put it on my credit card and you could paypal me your half and we'd both be able to access it since it's on a website.

I could see myself taking a number of the courses because I'd really like to learn as much as possible before I start trying to buy wine for long-term aging. If you're thinking the same, it could save us both a fair amount of money that we could spend wine or shoes. :P

g33k.
post #4 of 8
Have you considered Andrea Immer's, Great Wines made simple? It is IMO the best way to start through novice, and I still find myself turning to her.

It will help teach a very solid foundation/fundamentals. Then after that the trick is to start popping corks, paying attention, and being honest about your likes and dislikes (plus keeping an open mind)
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... the trick is to start popping corks, paying attention, and being honest about your likes and dislikes (plus keeping an open mind)

+1000

Taste wine and be honest about what you like to taste. And be ready for that to change over time. Several years ago about the only red I liked was port and about all I drank were whites. Now, buy far, my favorite wine is pinot noir, but I also like cabs, grenache, and syrah...and I hardly drink whites at all. If you're doing it right, your palette will definitely become more refined.
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Have you considered Andrea Immer's, Great Wines made simple? It is IMO the best way to start through novice, and I still find myself turning to her.

It will help teach a very solid foundation/fundamentals. Then after that the trick is to start popping corks, paying attention, and being honest about your likes and dislikes (plus keeping an open mind)

Does it have a guided approach to tasting? From what I could tell with the WS course it will pit varietals on opposite sides of the acidity scale, for instance, so that you can learn the difference.
post #7 of 8
very much so.

it has tastings for beginner through novice and serves as a great resource

and it's relatively inexpensive. make sure it's the for beginners book and not one of the others.
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post
If you're really interested (and i'd be willing to do this with anyone I "know" on the forum), we could probably cheat on the fees.

The Understanding Wine course is 195 bucks, but I could put it on my credit card and you could paypal me your half and we'd both be able to access it since it's on a website.

I could see myself taking a number of the courses because I'd really like to learn as much as possible before I start trying to buy wine for long-term aging. If you're thinking the same, it could save us both a fair amount of money that we could spend wine or shoes. :P

g33k.

Sounds pretty good. Do you have a link where I could read more about the course and see if I'm really interested?
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