From James Suckling's MasterClass


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!

Topics include: Closing


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!

Topics include: Closing

James Suckling

Teaches Wine Appreciation

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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.

Thanks to James, I have an idea on how to approach wine appreciation with structure and confidence. The journey has begun and this is a great introduction to the world of wine!

Bravo! One more class James please, this time visiting wineries

It was a great and fun beginner course! Covered all the main basics and got me inspired to learn more about wine. One thing that I'd like to see this course change is to have some more instruction on how to identify good wine vs bad wine back to back.

While this masterclass was filled to the brim with very useful information, what will stick with me the most is James' approach to, and philosophy behind, true appreciation of wine. I don't think I'll ever drink a glass of wine the same way again. Excellent class.


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

Tessa J.

don’t drink bad wine, I guess I could join your wine club for $145.00 per year, well this is about expensive wines, for the well healed. Cheers

karl W.

generally fun to watch. a little bit less informative than i expected. for example a comparison or walk through of all the major wine regions would be great

Anjanette C.

I'm taking a in-person wine appreciation and pairing class because of this Masterclass! Thanks so much Mr. Suckling for sharing your knowledge! Your personal appreciation for wine is fantastic and super genuine.

Curtis T.

I enjoyed the class and I have experience with wine, If you understand the Master Class concept the first class is always based on fundamentals then the next class goes up a level. No where in the advertising was it said this is an advance class on wine. Lighten up and enjoy.

A fellow student

This was a very fun "behind the scenes" look into James Suckling's life. Like many are saying, it isn't quite as technical and classroom/material driven as one might expect, and given the name "masterclass" I'm sure that will disappoint many. However, if you've always wanted to hear the inner monologue of an expert wine critique and see what makes him tick.....than it's still worth the time.

Patricia S.

I was disappointed with the content of this class. For the price, I expected more detail in the lessons. This should be under complete beginner's classes. I'm glad I didn't buy the all access and just tried this class only.