The Everyday Guide to Wine

See and sip-or, if you must, gaze and gulp-through some of the world's most delightful wines.
The Everyday Guide to Wine is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 124.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing for a novice! Very detailed episodes. Great learning about major themes, grapes and regions. I feel quite informed, compared to where I was before starting this course! Great lecturer.
Date published: 2021-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not very interesting I found myself bored and stopped paying attention halfway
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Thank you Ms.Simonetti-Bryan for your fine presentation and expertise in wine spirits. I certainly learned a lot. I highly recommend this course for those who are interested in wines. I am a red wine enthusiast however, Jennifer has sparked my interest in at least trying a glass of white wine.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Introduction to Wine I really enjoyed the course. It was interesting to learn how to taste wine correctly and the tour of the wine regions of the world was enlightening. I wasn't able to sip wines during the lectures. So, I will buy the wines and return to my favorite lectures.
Date published: 2021-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough, But Not Overwhelming I cannot recommend this course enough. If you enjoy wine in the least, it is an excellent course to expand your knowledge base, improve your economy of wine vocabulary and terms, and do so in a truly fun, and immersive way. The professor is incredibly knowledgeable, yet never makes you feel inadequate at tasting, or as though she is talking down to you, even at her truly remarkable level of professional achievement. Her enjoyment and passion shine beautifully, and she is encouraging even if only speaking to a camera - a feat not easily conveyed. This course inspired me so much, I have just taken my second level sommelier exam, and this course was truly the first introduction I had into the greater world of wine. (Perhaps this last point ought to contain a warning sign... WARNING! You will enjoy wine immensely after this course!)
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I learned a ton! I started off knowing very little about wine, and now I feel like I can easily navigate the liquor store. It was fun taking the classes, but be warned- she calls for 6 bottles in most classes, so you have to buy 6 bottles of wine each time, and apparently she has unlimited funds, because some of these necessary bottles are not cheap. Opening 6 bottles of wine at once is hard for 2 of us to do- we had to buy a tool to help us keep the wine fresh since it usually takes us about a week to drink all 6 bottles! That being said, this course is a lot of fun and it was worth doing.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stick with it Admittedly, I almost didn't give this GC a fair chance after the first lecture because the presenter seemed too intent on proving her street cred. Then I realized that, as one of the few female professionals at her level, she probably has had to prove herself to her audience at every turn. I decided to stick with the course and am very glad I did. After the second or third lecture, the presenter relaxes into the material, probably confident that viewers have either accepted that a woman can be a wine expert or have stopped watching and so not her problem anymore. (All women can relate to this on some level.) I watched this with several people, and we all agreed that we learned a great deal and enjoyed the class. Please, please add this presenter's other courses to your streaming service.
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and interesting course! Fun and interesting course! If you want to learn about wine, try this course very enjoyable
Date published: 2020-06-07
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Take a tasting tour of the world and learn how to speak the language of wine with an acclaimed Master of Wine.


Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan

Working on each of The Great Courses series has been one of most enjoyable and fulfilling projects in my career. While an easy process, the content, video, filming, and editing teams are some of the most professional I've worked with, they are a complete joy to work with.


Institute of Masters of Wine

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is among a small number of people to have received the highest credentials in the wine and spirits industry. She is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine (M.W.) title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London, England-the highest and most difficult title to achieve in the industry. She also has a Professional Certificate in Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan has taught courses for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, has trained thousands of professionals in the wine and spirits industry, and has judged international spirits and wine competitions, including the Ultimate Beverage Challenge in 2010 and 2011. She has also hosted seminars with Food Network stars such as Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Mario Batali. In 2008, she won the Wiesbaden Tasting Trophy from The Institute of Masters of Wine. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan is a frequent guest on television programs, including Fox Business, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV. Additionally, she has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and Wine & Spirits Magazine.

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The Everyday Guide to Wine


Why Learn about Wine?

01: Why Learn about Wine?

Ms. Simonetti-Bryan answers this question in an engaging introductory lecture that sets the stage for the subsequent lectures. Survey the millennia-old history of wine, discover what kind of wine consumer you are, explore wine culture in America, and more.

30 min
A Taster's Tool Kit

02: A Taster's Tool Kit

Wine tasting can seem like a mysterious ritual, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Here, learn how to properly perform the five steps of tasting: seeing, swirling, sniffing, sipping, and savoring. Also, make sense of wine-related terminology, including "full-bodied," "crisp," "length," "balance," and "finish."

28 min
Winemaking-From Vineyard to Harvest

03: Winemaking-From Vineyard to Harvest

The sensation of drinking a good or bad wine relies on what happens to its source grape in the vineyard. This lecture takes you through the first half of the wine-making process and reveals how climate, altitude, weather patterns, and other factors play a critical role in shaping a wine's flavor and quality.

30 min
Winemaking-From Harvest to Bottle

04: Winemaking-From Harvest to Bottle

Continue your look at winemaking by focusing on the grape's journey from the vine to your palate. When are grapes ready to be picked? What is the difference between wine fermented in steel and in oak barrels? Why is there heated debate over filtering wines? Discover answers here.

29 min
The Whites-Riesling to Chardonnay

05: The Whites-Riesling to Chardonnay

In the first lecture on the Noble grape varieties (used in those wines you see most often), focus on the most captivating varieties of white wine: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. As you explore each wine's unique characteristics, you'll strengthen your ability to compare it with other wines and grape varieties.

29 min
The Reds-Pinot Noir to Cabernet

06: The Reds-Pinot Noir to Cabernet

Experience the Red Noble grape varieties, specifically Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Studied together, these varieties will expose you to the fascinating range of red wine grapes-from the light-bodied and aromatic to the full-bodied and tannin-rich.

32 min
Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

07: Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

Venture into the world of sparkling wines, one of the least-understood but highest-quality wines in the world. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan reveals how wines like Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco originated, how they're produced, and how they taste. She even shows you the correct way to open and serve your favorite bottle.

33 min
Port, Sherry, and Other Fortified Wines

08: Port, Sherry, and Other Fortified Wines

Fortified wines-wines whose alcoholic strength has been fortified-are the perfect accompaniment to the beginning or end of a meal. Here, learn more about these wines as you taste your way through the distinctive characteristics of ruby port, sherry, and Madeira.

33 min
What to Drink with Dessert

09: What to Drink with Dessert

Sauternes; Tokaji; Ice Wine; Vin Santo- wines go great either with or as dessert. Survey the range of dessert wines, paying particular attention to three ways these wines can be produced: the process of "noble rot," the harvesting of frozen grapes, and the drying of grapes.

30 min
French Regions-Bordeaux and Loire

10: French Regions-Bordeaux and Loire

French wines are the benchmarks of quality, which makes France the perfect place to begin your tour of some of the world's greatest wine regions. You explore the powerful reds and delicate whites of two wine-producing regions, learn how to read a wine label, and gain insights into how chateaux in Bordeaux are classified.

33 min
French Regions-Burgundy and Alsace

11: French Regions-Burgundy and Alsace

How do you top the rich, full-bodied wines of Bordeaux? Find out in this engaging lecture that takes you through the silky and delicate wines of Burgundy (including those from Chablis and Beaujolais) and the German-influenced tastes of Alsace (including varieties of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris).

32 min
French Regions-Rhone, Languedoc, Provence

12: French Regions-Rhone, Languedoc, Provence

Sample beautiful wines from the Rhône Valley and the coastline regions of Languedoc and Provence. You are introduced to a youthful and floral Viognier, a refreshing rose from Tavel, and a peppery red from Mas Belles Eaux.

31 min
Wines of Northern Italy

13: Wines of Northern Italy

Welcome to Italy, home to over 1,000 grape varieties. You sample a Barolo and Amarone (two pillars of Italian wine), a Pinot Grigio (the quintessential crowd-pleasing white wine), and other northern Italian wines.

37 min
Wines of Southern Italy

14: Wines of Southern Italy

Explore the wines of southern Italy. You visit Tuscany, home of Chianti; Campania, the source of the legendary Lacryma Christi (or "Tears of Christ"); and Sicily, whose Nero d'Avola is a rising star among red wine drinkers.

30 min
The Tastes of Germany and Austria

15: The Tastes of Germany and Austria

Germany is home to some of the most versatile wines to pair with food. Austria, following a scandal, has turned around its reputation and has begun producing a fantastic quality of wines. Explore both regions, with a particular focus on their variations of Riesling. Also, learn how to decode German wine labels.

29 min
The Tastes of Spain and Portugal

16: The Tastes of Spain and Portugal

Conclude your tour of Old World wine regions with Spanish and Portuguese wines. Many of the wines you learn about and sample-including a Rioja, a Rueda, a Jumilla, and a Duoro red-bridge the gap between traditional and international modern styles of winemaking.

31 min
U.S. Regions-California

17: U.S. Regions-California

California produces 90% of America's wine and is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. Travel through the state's rich wine regions-including Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Santa Barbara-and explore its grape varieties, including the predominant Zinfandel.

35 min
U.S. Regions-Washington and Oregon

18: U.S. Regions-Washington and Oregon

How do Oregon producers differ from their California neighbors? What's so unique about Washington's grape vines? Learn the answers to these and other questions as you taste their versions of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

32 min
Other U.S. Regions, Mexico, and Canada

19: Other U.S. Regions, Mexico, and Canada

Where are the wine pioneers of today and tomorrow? The answer: New York, Virginia, Texas, and other U.S. states, each of which, you discover, has its own approach to making quality wines. Also, take brief trips to wine regions in Mexico and Canada, where you sample one of Ontario's internationally popular ice wines.

32 min
Sampling Argentina and Chile

20: Sampling Argentina and Chile

South American wines have grown in popularity around the world. Here, Ms. Simonetti-Bryan guides you through the Chilean regions, including Maipo, Rapel, and Curicó, as well as Argentine vineyards in Mendoza and San Juan.

30 min
The Best of Australia and Tasmania

21: The Best of Australia and Tasmania

In terms of wine, Australia and Tasmania has it all: cool and warm climates, French and American oaks, white and red varieties. Australia also makes the top wine imported into the United States. Survey its popular wines, including a Riesling-like Semillon from Hunter Valley and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawara.

32 min
Wines of New Zealand and South Africa

22: Wines of New Zealand and South Africa

Visit New Zealand and the regions of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, and Martinborough. Then, travel to Stellenbosch in South Africa, whose high-end Bordeaux blends are a delicious mix of Old World and New World tastes.

34 min
Becoming a Knowledgeable Wine Buyer

23: Becoming a Knowledgeable Wine Buyer

Discover tips on how to purchase wine, how to order the perfect bottle at restaurants, how to store wine for the short and long term, how to treat wine as an investment, and much more.

30 min
Wine for Any Occasion and Any Food

24: Wine for Any Occasion and Any Food

Conclude with answers to questions about pairing wines with food and occasions. Should a wine complement or contrast a meal? What kind of wine should you serve on particular holidays? What are some myths about wine pairing? How should you serve wine to guests?

31 min