About this course
When the wines from the ‘New World’ – which are those produced outside the classic European regions - began to reach our supermarkets in the early 1980s – they were an instant success. Easy to understand labels, easy drinking wine – bursting with fruit and excellent value for money. However, whilst we haven’t been drinking these wines for as long as Rioja, Bordeaux and Burgundy, producers in these countries have been perfecting their craft for many decades to demonstrate their commitment to innovation and diversity in their wines and winemaking techniques and this course aims to demonstrate the range and diversity of these countries.
The course runs for five weeks and during each evening and as we focus on key grape varieties - we’ll taste between 6- 8 ‘modern classics’ from outside Europe. as we journey through Australia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and the USA. We’ll learn about the diversity of each country and how climate and geography influences the style of wine produced (Exact wines will depend on current availability)
Week one: Australia
Week two: New Zealand
Week three: Chile and Argentina
Week four: South Africa
Week five: USA
We will explore the main characteristics of each wine including its colour, aroma and taste and develop a greater understanding of how and why it has come to be the style it is today. This course will give you greater confidence when ordering wine in a restaurant or choosing a bottle to take home from your local supermarket. Try something new, rediscover an old favourite and walk away with a mini reference guide to New World wines!
Including in the evening are full tasting notes, maps and tasting sheets and the course is suitable for both those new to wine appreciation as well as the more experienced.