James SucklingTeaches Wine Appreciation

James Suckling

Teaches Wine Appreciation
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Immerse yourself in the vineyards of Tuscany with renowned wine critic James Suckling and deepen your appreciation for the wines of the world.


A downloadable wine guide accompanies the class with lesson recaps, supplemental materials, and a printable worksheet to help you conduct your own tastings.


Learn on your own terms, at your own pace on mobile, desktop, or Apple TV.

Lesson Plan

  • 01


    Meet your new instructor: Internationally-renowned wine critic James Suckling. In your first lesson, James brings you into Tuscany's Il Borro Cellars to tell you what you'll learn, why he's teaching, and how wine appreciation can enhance your life.

  • 02

    Tasting Techniques: Conducting a Blind Tasting

    James believes that blind tasting can tell you a lot about a wine. Learn how to refine your palate and utilize the 100-point scale to evaluate the quality of a wine.

  • 03

    Discerning Flavors and Aromas: Student Tasting Experience

    In order to appreciate wine, you must first be able to truly taste it. Understand the common characteristics of different varietals by discussing flavor, aroma, acidity, structure, texture, and balance.

  • 04

    Meet the Maker: An Introduction

    Every bottle has a story. Meet the maker behind the historic Marchesi Antinori, and learn about the winemaking family's role in creating the legendary Super Tuscan Tignanello.

  • 05

    Appreciation on Location, Part 1: A Vertical Tasting

    Soil and climate play an essential role in the winemaking process. James teaches you how to look for subtleties between vintages with a vertical tasting of Tignanello.

  • 06

    Appreciation on Location, Part 2: Barrel Tasting

    Tasting from a barrel can be dramatically different than from a bottle. Learn what to look for in the barrel, and how to determine a wine’s potential direction.

  • 07

    Primary Factors of Influence: In the Vineyard

    All great wines begin in the vineyard. Learn the principles of viticulture as James teaches you the factors that influence a great wine, and the importance of soil, climate, varietals, and regions.

  • 08

    Storing and Curating: A Home Cellar

    James shares professional tips on how to design and organize a home cellar, properly store and age important bottles, and collect with confidence.

  • 09

    Education and Etiquette: Reading a Wine List

    Along with legendary winemaker Lamberto Frescobaldi, James demystifies the process of reading a wine list. Gain the knowledge and etiquette to properly order in a restaurant setting, as well as share from your own collection.

  • 10

    Breaking the Rules of Pairings: A Tuscan Luncheon

    For James, breaking the rules when experimenting with wine pairing is essential to the dining experience. Learn how to pair unconventional foods and wines to bring out new and highly creative flavor combinations.

  • 11


    James ends his class with a reminder of the key elements of wine appreciation: Be curious, be passionate, share with family and friends, and above all—don’t drink bad wine!

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