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For some people, wine can be a confusing topic. It certainly doesn't need to be, and this comprehensive course will remove any fear you have about learning what you have always wanted to learn about wine. 

After starting with an overview of some basic terms and principles about wine, we will take you on a world tour of the famous wine regions and vineyards in France, Italy, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Australia, Austria, Greece, and other countries. This course will cover such topics as how to properly taste wine and how to make a good selection in a restaurant or a store. It will also help you to select the best wine with certain foods. 

We will cover all the characteristics about wine, including its flavors, aromas, and color, and we'll explore the entire winemaking process, from picking the grapes in the vineyard to bottling the wine. Grapes are the essential ingredient of wine, and we will cover all the essential knowledge you need to know in order to understand how grapes are involved in the winemaking process. Wine is one of life's great pleasures and is meant to be enjoyed responsibly! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Wine. Flavors, and Fermentation

The best place to begin a comprehensive wine course is to review the flavors of wine. Wine is one of life's great pleasures that should not be complicated. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Wine Types
  • Take Poll: Wines
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction to Wine: Flavors and Fermentation

Lesson 2. Introduction to Wine. Aging and Tasting

Aging is a very important aspect of the winemaking process, and it is one that is often misunderstood. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Wine 101; Wine Basics
  • Complete Assignment: Sensations
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Introduction to Wine: Aging and Tasting

Lesson 3. White Wines of France

Before we begin to discuss specific types of French wine, it would be beneficial to start with a few important points about all French wines. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Characteristics of Alsace Wine
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: White Wines of France

Lesson 4. History of American Wine, and the Wines of Washington, Oregon, and New York

According to recent polls, wine drinking in the United States has grown by a third in the last twenty years, with about 30 percent of Americans having at least one glass of wine per week. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: The United States of Wine
  • Review Video: 5 Popular White Wine Grape Varieties
  • Complete Assignment: Prohibition
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: History of American Wine, and the Wines of Washington, Oregon, and New York

Lesson 5. The Wines of California

Throughout history, no other wine growing region of world has grown as fast as California. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: California Grapes; California Wine Guide
  • Complete Assignment: Winemakers
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: The Wines of California

Lesson 6. White Wines of Germany

There are more than 2600 vineyards and 1400 wine villages in Germany, but the country only produces about 2 to 3 percent of the world's wines. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: German Wine Guide; Riesling Wines
  • Complete Assignment: Wine Regions of Germany
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: White Wines of Germany

Lesson 7. Red Wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley

With this chapter, we will begin to discuss an entirely different wine drinking experience, red wines. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: French Wine Regions; The Rhone Valley
  • Take Poll: Red or White?
  • Complete Assignment: Red Wine
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Red Wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley

Lesson 8. Red Wines of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is another famous region in France renowned for wine making, and it is much easier to learn about than the Burgundy region. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Bordeaux Wine Classification; Bordeaux Wines
  • Complete Assignment: Selecting a Red Bordeaux Wine
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Red Wines of Bordeaux

Lesson 9. Red Wines of California

We already covered the white wines of California in a separate chapter, so now it is time to cover red wines from this state. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: California Merlot
  • Review Video: California Red Wines
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Red Wines of California

Lesson 10. Wines of Spain and Italy

Spain and Italy are two of the world's top wine producers, and although Italy is considered famous for its high quality wines, it must be noted that Spain has more acreage dedicated to wine production than any other country in the world. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Italian Wine Guide; Spanish Wine
  • Complete Assignment: Rioja
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Wines of Spain and Italy

Lesson 11. Champagne, Sherry, and Port Wines

Champagne, Sherry, and Port are all diverse wines, each of them having their own set of characteristics. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Port Wine; Sherry Wine 101
  • Complete Assignment: Similarities and Differences
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Champagne, Sherry, and Port Wines

Lesson 12. Wines from other Regions of the World

While even newcomers to wine know about great winemaking regions such as Italy and France, some people might not be familiar with some up-and-coming (and some very old) regions in the world that are earning a reputation for producing great wine. 245 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Australian Wines; South American Wines
  • Take Poll: Favorite Wines
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Wines From Other Regions of the World
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Beginner's Guide to Wine
Course Number: 8900299
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know what wine is.
  • Identify the white wines of France.
  • Know the history of American wine, and the wines of Washington, Oregon, and New York.
  • Identify the wines of California.
  • Describe the white wines of Germany.
  • Describe red wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.
  • Recognize red wines of Bordeaux and the red wines of California.
  • Describe wines of Spain and Italy.
  • Know champagne, sherry, and port wines, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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