Chapter 1 of 11 from James Suckling



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.

Topics include: Introduction

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.

Topics include: Introduction

James Suckling

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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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 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.

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.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. James will also respond to select student questions.


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

I have learnt how to tell what is a good wine and what is not. Tasting is important and no afraid of trying new wines. Explore regions and vineyards, producers and different terrains. Enjoyable Masterclass. Well thought out and the right pace. Allows me to enjoy wine and appreciate wine better.

More than anything it gave me a curiosity that need to be explored.

I really enjoyed the video material. Seemed like I was personaly with James Suckling. The course helped me consolidate many theories and beliefs about wine appretiation. I wish, though, that it had a little more depth and technique. Congratulations, and I lok forward to watching the other classes.

James truly deepens your appreciation for wine. I particularly appreciated his daringness to pair what would seem to be unconventional food and wine pairings, but he makes them work -- and you come to understand WHY they work. I look forward to venturing further into the world of wines armed with James' enlightening knowledge. Cheers!


Bonnie N.

Truly enjoyable. I noticed that there was no difference in glassware throughout the various tastings. Does this make any difference?

Mark D.

A small technical issue. Til now I can cast al the masterclasses to the tv accept this masterclass. Is it in an other video format?

Patricia S.

Having lived in Italy and France and now going back with my husband. I can't wait to learn more about wine with him through this course. Taking him to Tuscany and visiting some of the most famous vineyards as well.

A fellow student

Worked at a restaurant for years passing by all the wine, and I'm ready to gain some more knowledge about all the different aspects of wine, let's get it


“The first thing you gotta do is invest in a corkscrew. And after that, you gotta open bottles and you gotta drink a lotta wine." Corkscrew at the ready!

Kieran T.

Just started on this as well. Am looking forward to learning more about wine. Hopefully this would be ten times more educational than Sideways :)

A fellow student

So excited that he chose to be in Tuscany for this instead of a cliche area of France! And since Tig is my one of my fave wines, I am looking forward to this class even more.

Johnathan V.

Fantastic learning experience!! I’m 54 and love what i have learned to MORE appreciate a good wine !!


I have always been interested in learning more about wine; the process, notes, history etc. Additionally, I like the flavor of most wines but they don't always tend to like me; I struggle to find wine that doesn't instantly give me a headache and make me feel nauseous. Over the last few years and through connecting with those that know more wine than I do- I found that wines from Italy and Spain tend to (usually) agree me. Hoping from this class and understanding more about the process will provide insight why I feel the way I do from most wine. Would love to hear from others who have had this problem and what they do!

Dalmo F.

Great introduction class! I love wine and I am glad to start this journey with James Stucking.


There's so much about wine that you need to know. There's so much to learn and discover. And with each bottle, each glass, there's a new discovery. I'm here in Tuscany. And this class is going to be like staying with me for the week. We're going to taste wines together, eat, meet my friends and family. I'm going to teach you how to enhance your wine appreciation. You can have a few tips-- how to swirl the glass, what to say at dinner, even how to host your own tasting. But at the same time, I want you to take something away from my passion and my knowledge. You're going to see how I approach wine as a wine critic, how I taste and drink wine as a wine lover, how I look forward to every glass, every bottle, and all the information behind it. You're not going to become a master sommelier or a master of wine. And you don't have to be one. All you have to do is love wine. I've been tasting wines for almost 40 years. Each year, I taste 18,000 wines with my son and two other tasters. And we talk about color, the aromas, the body, how things interplay. That's what you do as a taster. And that's what I'm going to teach you. And what I hope you take away from this is a better understanding of wine. But even more important, I want you to understand what's in that glass, what went behind it, who made it, where it came from, and why it's so good. Also, in this class, we're going to meet some amazing wine makers, people that have been making wines in their family for 600 years. We're going to visit one of the most iconic vineyards in the world, the place in Chianti Classico where they make Tignanello and Solaia. And we're going to be with Albiera Antinori, the owner. And then, finally, we're going to taste vintages of Tignanello. One of my biggest hopes in this class is that you're going to walk away and go to your wine shop, and you're going to talk the talk with the wine merchant. With the guy on the floor, you're going to feel confident about making that great buy for a great bottle of wine. But at the same time, again, great wine doesn't have to cost a lot of money. You know, people often ask me, what should I invest in to learn about wine? The first thing you've got to do is invest in a corkscrew. And after that, you've got to open bottles, and you've got to drink a lot of wine, preferably with friends and family. I'm James Suckling, and this is my MasterClass.