Review of course #1: White wines in 30 sec

1. There are 5 different wine styles:

  • White,
  • Red,
  • Rosé,
  • Sparkling
  • Fortified.


There are 5 main families of wine, meaning that all wine falls into one of the categories above.
Your job ? Try them all.
Read the wine styles section in course #1


2. Always remember FEW-O when analyzing a wine.

  • Fruit
  • Earth
  • Wood
  • Other
Most of the pleasure of wine comes from the smell – really concentrate on what aromas you’re feeling.
Use the acronym above to try and figure out if that smell in your wine is one family or the other. Then you’ll dig into that family.
Your homework: Smell everything. We mean it. At the market, the grocery store or even when you cook with spices.
You’re wearing a leather bag? Take a whiff.
Read the section: How to smell a wine


3. How do you taste a wine?

The 5Ss:

  • Sight
  • Swirl
  • Sniff
  • Sip
  • Savor
In really figuring out what you like or don’t about wine – you have to concentrate a bit.
Remember the process of wine tastings with the 5s and really think about what you are tasting
Your homework: Try this with every wine your taste by taking 12 seconds…
Read the section: How to taste a wine?

4. How to serve white wine?

Take your white wine out of the fridge 15 minutes before you plan on serving it.

Most people serve white wine far too cold! Try this experiment at home – take your white wine out of the fridge and pour yourself a nip. After 15 minutes out of the fridge, try it again. You’ll find so many more aromas and scents!
Your homework: do it.

5. How to read a wine label?

There are two main types of wine labels: varietal (where the name of the grape is on the label) and geograhical (where the name of the region is on the label)

- European wine regions tend to label by the area (for example the wine will say Sancerre instead of the grape, Sauvignon Blanc).
- New world regions will label the wine by the type of grape in the bottle.
Read the section: How to read a wine label
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Ready to move onto Course 2: Intro to Red Wines?
Pour yourself a glass of that Pinot Noir and let’s get started!