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Raisin Wine

One Day Wine Course

Our One Day Wine Course is the perfect introduction into the world of wine. The day is divided in to two and includes a delicious 2 course luncheon.

What you will learn

Basic wine tasting technique — How to taste like a professional

What to look for in wine and how to recognise key features such as alcohol, tannin, acidity and sweetness.

How to spot common faults in wine

Essential grape varieties



Wine regions of the world France, Germany, Spain, Italy, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South America

Sparkling wines – How they are made and the differences

Food and Wine matching

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Raisin Wine

Six Week Wine Course

Week One

Wines - Old World Dry Whites

Countries/​Regions - Italy, Germany, France (Alsace, Loire, Burgundy)

Grapes - Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Garganega,

What you will learn

• Basic tasting technique.

• What colour tells you about white wine.

• Varieties of wine style and the importance of acidity.

• The effect of oak barrels.

• France and the Appellation system.

• Key French regions and their wines.

• Styles of bottle shapes.

• White wine and temperature.

• Food to wine match dry whites.

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.

Week Two

WinesOld World Reds

Countries/​Regions — France (Bordeaux,Burgundy), Spain (Rioja), Italy (Piedmont)

Grapes — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Sangiovese

What you will learn

• How grapes are grown and how wine is made.

• Basic Viticulture and Vinification

• The differences between white wine and red wine production.

• The effect of oak barrels on red wine.

• What tannin is and it’s effects.

• The spectrum of colours in red wines.

• To decant or not to decant?

• How temperature affects red wine.

• The ages of wine – is older better?

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.

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Week Three

Wines — Sparkling

Countries/​Regions — Spain, Italy, Australia, France

Grapes — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Moscato, Parellada, Macabeo, Xarel-​Lo, Glera

What you will learn

• The production of sparkling wine.

• Tank, transfer or bottle fermentation?

• The difference between vintage and non vintage.

• Serving sparkling wines.

• The many varied grapes that are involved in sparkling wine.

• Food to pair with sparkling wine.

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.

Week Four

Wines - New World Dry Whites and Reds

Countries/​Regions — Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, U.S.A., New Zealand

Grapes - Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Carmenere, Malbec, Shiraz

What you will learn

• Winemaking techniques in the ‘New World’

• How the wine labels are different.

• The principle New World wine regions of Argentina, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand.

• Quality differences between ‘Old’ and ‘New World’.

• Syrah vs. Shiraz.

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.

Week Five

Wines — Sherry, Port, Madeira

Countries/​Regions — Spain, Portugal, Madeira

Grapes — Loads

What you will learn

• Where and how Sherry, Port and Madeira are made.

• Fortified wines and their different styles.

• Sherry – dry and sweet.

• Port – ruby, tawny or vintage.

• Food and Fortified wine matching.

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.

Week Six

Wines — Red and White wines

Countries/​Regions — France, Germany, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Spain

Grapes — This will be a ‘blind tasting’

What you will learn

• Putting your already learned tasting knowledge to the test.

• The advantages and disadvantages of ‘blind tasting’.

• The different levels of sweetness.

• What is’Noble Rot’ and ‘Botrytis’.

• How sweet/​dessert wines are made.

Learning aid - Powerpoint display and notes.