There’s a lot to learn when it comes to wine. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie with a thirst to know more, there are tons of wine courses available to expand your knowledge. Not sure which one to take? Sommelier Natalie MacLean breaks down different courses and why they’ll help you host the best wine-tasting party ever.
Socialize in a wine class
Most wine classes are offered anywhere from recreational departments, local liquor stores, wineries, and restaurants. You can even bring the wine-tasting to you, where a pro comes to your home to teach you and your friends. The classes last a couple of hours and can cost anywhere from $50 for samples and instructions to $150 or more for a full experience, including a multi-course dinner. Also, don’t worry; you won’t get overwhelmed with too much information. In one class you might just focus on one region or grape.
Take a wine course
There are various wine courses available, such as learning about food and wine pairings. Try looking for a five to 10-week introductory course like the ones at community college. Most of the time, these courses are offered one evening a week for a couple of hours.
A food and wine course is very different from your basic course. Instead of focusing on just one wine or grape, you’ll explore several wines from different regions. If you don’t have time to take a class, online courses are always an option. These courses include real-time instruction and interaction, are usually 15-30 hours for five to 10 weeks, and can cost between $200 and $300.
Plan a wine trip
If you’re planning a vacation with friends, going to a luxurious wine region can be a great option.
To prep for your trip, you should consider taking a six to eight-week course. Like most courses, online is always an option. Part-time courses are another good option for someone who still wants to learn more but doesn’t have as much free time. These courses are 15-30 minutes over five to 10 weeks and cost between $600 and $900 for in-class, and $300 to $500 for online.
Further your knowledge
There’s always more to learn and there are many different programs and courses you can take. You can take full-time or part-time studies to become a sommelier or you can become a Master of Wine. There are even university programs that offer MBA programs if you want to run a winery. These programs can lead to a job in restaurants or as a wine maker, importer or agent. Note: these type of courses take years to complete and cost thousands of dollars, so they’re a huge commitment.