We’ve designed the Wine 101 Foundation Online course to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to wine. Your instructor Natalie Breaux will share her experience as a Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator to help you gain more in-depth knowledge of all aspects of wine. Throughout this course, you will come to understand why a wine tastes the way it does as you learn about how the major grape varieties, wine regions, and winemaking processes shape a wine’s character. And, maybe most importantly, you will be given the tools to become a better wine taster and learn how to pair wine with food more effortlessly.
This course is divided into 4 main modules and is designed to build your foundation of wine knowledge as you progress. (see the course outline below)
Whether you are already acquainted with wine or have just been bitten by the ‘wine bug’ and are eager to learn more, this course will deepen your appreciation for wine while giving you a broader perspective and an expanded vocabulary. After successfully completing this course you will be able to select, store, and enjoy wine with greater confidence and ease. Who knows you might even want to continue your wine education journey and think about a career in wine.
Please note your course starts immediately upon enrollment and you will have 6-months of course access.
Check out the outline below for an overview of the course curriculum.
Key details about the Wine 101 Foundation online course:
- 100% Online
- 24/7 Availability
- 6-months of access from the time of registration
- Start your course anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
- 2.1 | The Influence of Site
- 2.2 | The Influence of Grape Variety
- 2.3 | The Influence of Winemaking
- Review & Quiz
- 3.1 | Wine Labels
- 3.2 | Old World
- 3.3 | New World
- Old World vs. New World - Handout
- Module 3 | Review & Quiz
- 4.1 | Tasting Wine
- 4.2 | Proper Storing & Serving Techniques
- 4.3 | Wine Pairing Basics
- 4.4 | Ordering Wine
- Module 4 | Review & Quiz
- Course Review
- Wine 101 Final Exam
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‘Nat’, as her friends call her, has always had a passion for writing, editing, and teaching. She has been fortunate enough to work on projects for Jancis Robinson MW, Tom Stevenson, The Society of Wine Educators, and The Sommelier (now SOMM) Journal. Natalie passed the Master of Wine practical exams in 2017 on her first try, and subsequently passed the theory portion of the Master of Wine exam in 2018; she is currently working on her research paper to complete the MW certification. Natalie is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators; she earned the prestigious Banfi Award for achieving the highest score in her cohort when she passed the CWE exam on her first attempt. When she isn’t obsessing about wine, you can find Nat creating in her kitchen, relaxing in her garden, or watching tennis with her wine nerd husband, Nathan.
Natalie Breaux was born in Cajun country and spent her formative years in various locations throughout the southern United States. Fresh out of culinary school she moved to Denver in 2004 and took an interim job stocking shelves at a wine shop. She quickly rose up the ranks and became wine manager in less than a year. Since then, her aptitude and passion for wine and food have guided her in roles as wine director for an iconic farm-to-table restaurant, as adjunct beverage instructor for Johnson & Wales University, and now as a key instructor for Napa Valley Wine Academy.
Is there a book with the course?
No, the course is entirely online. However, you have access for six months, and there are downloadable elements in the course that are yours to keep.
Is there any wine tasting involved?
Tasting the wines during the course is a great way to get the full measure of the course material, but it is not required. There is no tasting component to the final exam.
What is the final exam like and what do I get if I pass?
At the end of the course, there is an optional final exam. The exam is taken online at your convenience. There is no additional cost for this exam. Students who pass the exam will earn a badge and certificate of completion. Most importantly, after completing the course, you will be able to select, store, and enjoy wine with greater confidence and ease.
How does this course complement other wine courses?
This is a great jumping off point for your wine education journey and will set you up for success for many of our other online courses.