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Wine Spectator School

Course: Understanding Wine

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

What to look for in a glass of white wine -- and how to find it using your senses of sight, smell and touch.

Class 2: Tasting Reds

Identify the nuances that differentiate red wines.

Class 3: International Varieties

From Chardonnay to Syrah -- explore the world's most popular grapes and their wines.

Class 4: Major Regional Varieties

Venture off the beaten path to discover a host of grape varieties renowned in their respective regions.

Class 5: Old World Model: France

Tour the classic wine regions of France.

Class 6: Traveling the Old World

Explore Italy, Germany and Spain.

Class 7: New World Model: California

Ride California's wine wave and learn how the New World rediscovered wine.

Class 8: Discovering the New World

Follow the vineyards through Washington and Oregon down to Australia, New Zealand and South America.

Class 9: Winegrowing and Winemaking

From the vineyard to the winery, learn how each step influences the wine in your glass.

Class 10: Wine in Real Life

Purchase and pair wine like a pro.

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If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.

Job Opportunities

Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator's New York office is looking for an assistant tasting coordinator.

Wine Spectator's San Francisco advertising sales office is looking for an organized, efficient advertising assistant/receptionist.

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