Culinary Arts


James Suckling

Lesson time 02:04 min

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!

James Suckling
Teaches Wine Appreciation
Flavor, aroma, and structure—Learn from wine master James Suckling as he teaches you to appreciate the stories in every bottle.
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Thank you so much for taking this MasterClass with me. I hope you've enjoyed the journey. But more importantly, I hope it's enhanced your passion for wine. I hope it's given you knowledge and technique to better enjoy wine. I hope that you're out there going to vineyards. It could be Napa Valley, Washington, Italy, France. There's so many amazing places to go. It's about experience it. You taste it. You talk to the people. You read about it. And as a student, you have to go there too. And the way you can go there is first taste the wines. I hope you now feel confident enough to host your own tasting with your friends at your house, trying different wines. And discuss what a great wine is. And more importantly, share things together, special moments enhanced by special bottles. If you don't already have a wine collection, start thinking about it. Everyone can have one. It can be 10 bottles. It can be 1,000 bottles. That's what's fun about wine, finding that special bottle, leaving it in your cellar, and watching the magic happen as it changes with each year. Remember that the journey with wine never ends. Thank you for taking this journey with me. And thank you for taking the MasterClass. Remember, drink great wine, love wine, savor the moment. Thanks again. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Discover the story in every bottle

Called one of the “world’s most powerful wine critics,” James Suckling has tasted more than 200,000 wines over the past 40 years. In his wine tasting MasterClass, James tours legendary Tuscan vineyards and teaches you to explore the stories, history, and people behind every bottle. Deepen your knowledge of the properties in each sip, cultivate your passion, and choose, order, and pair wines with confidence.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Excellent introduction to wine, with some great hints and insights for those who aren't beginners. In particular, the discussions about food and wine pairings were thought provoking and instructive.

makes me want to travel to wine regions and slow down and enjoy .

Really lovely visuals and commentary. I enjoyed and learned. What more can you ask for?

Even though I'm Italian, I've not had an interest in learning about great Italian wine - until now. I have a new appreciation of what goes into creating a great wine, how to taste it and appreciate it's complexity. I'll look forward to researching and building my own wine collection. Thank you!!


A fellow student

Fantastic class. If you are a real one lover, this is right up your alley. Cheers, here's to many more years of enjoying great wine.

A fellow student

I very much enjoyed it but was surprised to not see anything on decanting wine.

A fellow student

I want to review prior lessons but there is no option for ‘See All Lessons’ available. Interesting but cant study it if you cant revisit the lesson. Any ideas?

Johnny C.

This was an excellent in-depth look at how a professional wine taster evaluates wines based on many different proven criteria. It showed the many ways wine can and should be appreciate and selected. I really enjoyed the way it was presented by the beautiful photography and the straightforward dialogue. I can't say enough about this. I think it should be required viewing for anyone who aims to bring their wine game to the next level by witnessing the perspective captured in these lessons. Well done.

BABY!!! L.

had so much fun watching this!!! loved his sensational descriptions and key words when describing wines. this is the start of a lot of bottles and even maybe a career for me :3

A fellow student

6/10 I wanted a littler more from the Master Class. Good overview and introduction to wine.

Patricia H.

I thought this closing was not as strong as it should be. After so much wonderful information and sharing of slow experiences with wine in Italy, the instructor seemed to rush the ending. Not sure exactly what but something that spoke to what the students learned, how they might feel differently now and that sort of thing. I liked it when he noted over dinner that wine can , in fact, change lives. Perhaps that theme could have been highlighted in the close.


I have enjoyed this class it was very interesting ... you have expanded my knowledge of buying and how to order wine in a restaurant. Thank you !

Marc M.

Comment not just on the lesson itself but on a topic I was surprised didn't get more time and exposure: Decanting. I was frankly shocked and surprised at how few (if any) wines presented in this wine course were decanted. And they are all over 90 pts! Decanting is part of the total experience of enjoying wine-any wine-not just young wines and not just really old valuable wines. I have been to restaurants where they decant EVERY bottle they open. That's my idea of a classy place. I decant all wines served to guests in my home and think it is an essential part of the experience of enjoying wine.


Thank you so much for being the teacher to this MasterClass. And thank you this life changing journey on a magic carpet to the World of Wine. I will be reviewing your lessons often. I want to remember every gem you have tossed out to us! Sending you wishes of continued joy and camaraderie. Niki