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Lesson 19 – Mosel, Rheingau, Rheinhessen

    Sommelier School Lesson 19 – Mosel, Rheingau, Rheinhessen Hello again everyone. Now that we got the basics of German wine and wine law out of the way, let’s get into the the wine-growing regions. To help out with this I need to introduce you to a few more terms. While we talked about […]

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Lesson 18 – Introduction to Germany

  Sommelier School Lesson 18 – Introduction to Germany   Guten Tag, studenten. And that’s about as much German as I’ll attempt. I hope everyone had an outstanding winter break. Today we will do an overview of German wine and German wine laws. Germany has 13 different “quality” wine-growing regions. It also has a different […]

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Lesson 17 – Southern Italy, Sicily, Sardinia

Sommelier School Lesson 17 – Southern Italy, Sicily, Sardinia Southern Italy. While this part of Italy doesn’t have the marquis wines of the the North and Central Italy, there are still plenty of quality wines from this area. This week we will cover not only the southern part of the country, but also Sicily and […]

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Lesson 16 – Central Italy

***Switched to the blip.tv player until I can resolve the syncing issue with Viddler*** Sommelier School Lesson 16 – Central Italy The heart of Italy is where we are going this week. This is the home of Chianti. One of the most well known of Italian wines. Images of straw-encased bottles of wine in Italian […]

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Lesson 15 – Northeast Italy

Sommelier School Lesson 15 – Northweast Italy   The next stop on our Tour of Italy takes us to the Northeast part of the country. This area comprises of Trentino – Alto Adige, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Their white wines are typically acidic, crisp, and fresh. Their reds can full-bodied. Like with many areas, there […]

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Lesson 14 – Northwest Italy

  Sommelier School Lesson 14 – Northwest Italy   OK, so now that we’ve established some general terms and information about Italy, It’s time to get more specific. This week we start with Northwest Italy. This is the region that includes the Piemonte (Piedmont) region. There are a few other areas here, but Piemonte is […]

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Lesson 13 – Intro to Italy

Sommelier School Lesson 13 – Introduction to Italy   Ah Italia. For many, this is where modern winemaking has its roots. Italy has been making wine for 4,000 years. While Italy didn’t invent wine, She was responsible for spreading it to much of Europe.  The ancient Romans were adept at many things. One of which […]

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Lesson 12 – Champagne

Sommelier School Lesson 12 – Champagne   Ah, Champagne. The jewel of France and all sparkling wine. While almost every country that produces wine also produces a sparkling wine, Champagne is definitely considered the best as a category. What makes it so special? Many things. From the terroir, climate, 300 years of experience, and varietals […]

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Lesson 11 – Alsace

Sommelier School Lesson 11 – Alsace   Alsace. Throughout its history the Alsace region (and the Lorraine region to a certain extent) has been tossed between Germany and France. It is located in the northeast corner of France between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river. Even before those countries existed, they were under Roman […]

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Lesson 10 – The Loire Valley

Sommelier School Lesson 10 – The Loire Valley   Today we are going to cover the Loire Valley. This part of France is a bit unusual. It stretches over 600 miles from the Atlantic to the interior of the country along the Loire River. It is just about bisects the country in half. Like the […]

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