Wine School

Michael Schuster's Beginners' Course - £299

A wine tasting course aimed at beginners - this covers a range of different wine styles


Time: 6.30 – 8.30 (evenings 1 and 2 last a little longer)

Basic Information

  • Duration: 1 evening a week for 6 weeks
  • Wines: 6-7 benchmrk wines each evening
  • Location: Bordeaux Index, 10 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8AH
  • Price: £299 Incl. VAT
  • Booking: Booking & Contact

Course Dates

  • 2015 Course: September 22, 29; October 13, 20, 27; November 3. 2015 NB: There is no tasting on October 6
  • 2016 Course : February 1, 8, 15, 29; March 7, 14. 2016 NB: There is no tasting on February 22

Beginners' Course Content

  • Benchmark quality wines to taste.
  • A thorough grounding in tasting, in how to ‘see what there is to see'.
  • Perceiving quality differences, describing style differences.
  • Enabling you to make sense of what you taste in terms of description, quality, style, typicity, preference, value for money, drinking context.
  • Around 40 wines are tasted, ranging from £5 to £35 a bottle.

By the end of the six weeks you will have:

  • Tasted the majority of different wine types.
  • A system which helps you compare, describe and remember wines.
  • A means of enabling you to perceive and discuss their quality.
  • The ability to see more ‘patterns’ in wine, & make more sense of its great variety.
  • A better developed combination of personal taste and objective judgement.

Wines From Europe

  • France: Loire (Muscadet, Sancerre,) Alsace; Burgundy (red, white); Beaujolais; Bordeaux; Champagne; Rhône.
  • Italy: Tuscany; Piedmont.
  • Spain: Rioja; Sherry.
  • Germany: Mosel.
  • Hungary: Tokay.
  • Portugal: Port, Madeira.

Wines From The New World

Australia, New Zealand, California, Chile, South Africa

Major Grape Varieties Tasted

  • White: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Furmint, Muscat
  • Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Syrah/Shiraz

Major Wine Styles Tasted

White, Red; Dry, Sweet; Sparkling, Fortified

An introduction to basic tasting technique, covering the world’s major grape varieties and their varying styles from the principal wine producing countries. This course illustrates what to expect from different types of wine, which qualities to look for, how to describe them, & how to combine wine with food. It aims, in particular, to help you describe and appreciate different styles of wine, to perceive and articulate differences in quality, and to make up your own mind what you like. 40 wines are tasted, with prices ranging £5 to £40; the average being £7-12 a bottle.

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