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The 30-Minute Wine Whiz Wine Course is just that – a mini-course of six quick videos that will get you up the learning curve fast. All you need is a corkscrew and a glass to get started learning by tasting, and enjoying a life-long journey on the wine trail. From choosing a bottle, to opening, serving, preserving and pairing, we’ll cover all the basics. For more on how wine is made, ordering in a restaurant, and knowing your palate so you can describe and find the wines you like, also check out my complete Video Wine Course. Happy tasting!

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The 30-Minute Wine Whiz-My Holiday Gift to You!

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The “30-Minute Wine Whiz” Wine Course–My Holiday Gift to You!

You don’t have to know a lot about wine to enjoy it. But, knowing just a little can enhance your wine enjoyment immensely, as well as improve your hit rate finding wines you really love. That’s where my 30-Minute Wine Whiz course comes in. This video mini-course is fast, fun and best of all–free. (Yay-more money for trying new wines!)

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How to Choose a Bottle of Wine

We’ve all felt that intimidation, staring at the wall of wine in a wine shop or supermarket, or page after multilingual page of the restaurant wine list. Beyond white, red or rose–where do you start? I have always taught my waiters and wine students to start with the Big Six grapes because they cover a lot of ground in the wine world, and give you a reference point for any new wine you try. Do a Big Six tasting with your friends at home!

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How to Taste Wine Like a Pro – The 5 S’s of Tasting

To taste wine like a pro you’ll use a technique called the 5 S’s of Tasting–See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Savor. The reason is that getting the most out of a wine involves using all your senses–not just your tastebuds. In fact, if you’ve seen the movie Somm or watched professionals “blind taste,” you know that both the sight and smell of a wine can tell you a lot about the wine before it ever touches your tastebuds. But don’t worry, this technique is easy, and it’s fun!

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How to Open a Wine Bottle

Since learning by tasting is the basis of this course, you’ll naturally be opening quite a few bottles. These days there are lots of great wines in screwcap bottles so go for it if you find one you want to try–just twist off.  Having said that, natural cork remains a great traditional bottle closure, and synthetic corks are designed to be opened in the same way–with a corkscrew. So in this video I will show you different tools and tricks of the trade for getting the cork out of the bottle without hassle. Practice makes perfect!

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The Best Wine Glasses, Serving Wine, and Preserving Wine Leftovers

A great (that doesn’t mean expensive) wine glass and the right serving temperature are really key to making the most of every bottle you buy. I’m always amazed at how often even fine restaurants don’t get this right, because it’s not hard. In this video I’ll show you what to look for in a wine glass, the serving temps for wine that best showcase their aromas and flavors, and how to preserve the leftovers so you can enjoy every drop.


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Food and Wine Pairing 101 – My Four Core Principles

Guess what: it’s time move on from the old food and wine pairing rule: “red wine with red meat, white wine with fish and white meat.” It made sense when we were a meat-and-potatoes (and “house” red or white) culture, but where do you go from there? Easy. My four basic pairing principles are easy to remember and apply because they’re intuitive.  What’s more, they’ll give you all the tools you need to create delicious pairings for all your favorite foods, flavors and wines.

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Food and Wine Pairing 102 – It’s the Prep Not the Protein

Food and wine pairing can seem complicated because of all the variables–seasoning, sauce, side dish…not to mention the thousands of wine choices.  But you can simplify things and achieve delicious matches with this pairing principle that I call “It’s the Prep Not the Protein.” It’s also a great way to satisfy different palate preferences for white wine versus red wine, with the same meal. Pretty cool!