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30-Minute Wine Whiz Wine Course: How to Choose a Bottle of Wine


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Start with the Big 6 Grapes



  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon  Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot/Cabernet
  • Syrah aka Shiraz


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I always teach my wine students to start their wine learning with The Big Six grapes–the most widely-grown, classic and important grapes in the world of wine. They are benchmarks of quality and also great reference point grapes to learn the concept of body style in wine–light, medium, or full.  This is helpful both to identify and learn your own palate preferences, as well as to give you a reference point for choosing a bottle from a wine list or shop. In my book Great Wine Made Simple I guide you through a Big Six grapes comparative tasting. It’s fun to do with a group of friends, and a great way to quickly lock in the differences between the grapes, as well as the lessons of How to Taste Wine Like a Pro–which is your next video.