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Mastering Wine: Jancis Robinson's Shortcuts to Success

Renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson teaches you how to feel confident about wine in any situation

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Don’t get left behind when it comes to wine

  • How much do you really know about this historical and increasingly popular drink?
  • Is a lack of knowledge holding you back from getting the most from your wine experiences?
  • Do you panic when handed a wine list in a restaurant?
  • Do you always reach for the bottle with the nice looking label in the store?
  • Do you worry about what your partner, friends or colleagues think of your wine choices?
  • Do you want to venture beyond the “safe” wines that you already know, but don’t know where to start?

Learn from a true wine expert

Jancis Robinson is wine columnist for the Financial Times, provides advice for the wine cellar of The Queen and was the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine.

She edits the Oxford Companion to Wine, widely considered to be the most comprehensive wine encyclopaedia in the world and co-authors The World Atlas of Wine, a classic of the wine world. Her book Wine Grapes was the first-ever winner of all six major wine book awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Have fun while you learn

Jancis will share her extensive knowledge and secret shortcuts so you can taste wine like a professional at home, decipher wine labels and language, sniff out the best wine bargains wherever you are, choose from a restaurant wine list with confidence and avoid the most common wine pitfalls.

Using fun and practical activities Jancis will give you the confidence to feel like a wine expert in any situation.

An essential life skill

The US now drinks more wine than France. In the UK wine has overtaken beer as the nations favourite drink. Asia is witnessing a revolution in wine as China and India’s growing middle class sip more of what was once considered an elite european drink.

Wine is now becoming the drink of choice for much of the world so understanding wine is quickly becoming an essential life skill for success in business or social situations.

What are the requirements?

  • No existing wine knowledge is required
  • Students are encouraged to taste wine throughout this course, but no specialist equipment is required beyond wine glasses - and wine, of course!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have the confidence to explore a wider range of wines
  • Understand which wines will work best in a variety of social settings
  • Choose from a restaurant wine list with confidence
  • Sniff out the best wine bargains wherever you are
  • Decipher wine labels and language
  • Taste wine like a professional at home
  • Avoid the most common wine pitfalls

What is the target audience?

  • This course would suit everyone interested in learning about wine. It is aimed at beginners of all backgrounds, and no previous knowledge is required. It is equally suitable for professionals seeking wine knowledge for their business life and individuals looking to learn about wine for their social life.
  • Anyone beyond the initial stages of learning about wine (usually described as ‘intermediate’; equivalent to WSET level two) will find this course less beneficial.

Some reviews:

"Concise and clear. I enjoyed this course." - Wa Tian Yang Yi (5 stars)

"A very informative course, which covers a broad range of topics that will provide confidence and a good base upon which to build." - Anthony Mak (5 stars)

"Good information presented in small chunks which make it easy to understand." - Tom Thacker (5 stars)

"Grabbed my interest immediately" - Paul Waterman (5 stars)

"Very good so far Added a star after finishing the course. Very accessible, practical, easy to listen and watch" - Jen (5 stars)

"I'm not new to wine, and there's quite a bit here that I'm already familiar with, but I have so much respect and admiration for Jancis Robinson that I still wanted to take the course anyway. Jancis is such a great professional and teacher. I can't imagine any other introductory course on wine being better." - Jesse Noonan (5 stars)

"Jancis explains everything comprehensively and without the frills for even the most amateur of wine enthusiasts. I knew nothing and now feel like I can confidently chose a reliable and promising wine for any occasion. Thank you" - Pru Wallace-Jones (5 stars)

"very interesting" - Lucjan Kujawa (5 stars)

"The talks were extremely informative yet concise and precise - sweet and sharp! Really enjoyed watching them" - Cheng Ge (5 stars)

"Excellent course. Perfect pace. Lots of. Ontent. This is an absolute must if you want yo learn about wine." - Dharmvir Jaswal (5 stars)

"Jancis Robinsons is legendary, yet she makes wine so accessible! I've been putting her tasting techniques to the test, and already I find I'm enjoying wine more than ever before" - Caroline Ferguson (5 stars)

"Jancis' approach is so welcoming! Some of the information is quite basic but for beginners, and even for wine buffs who want to renew a bit of their knowledge, this course is wonderful. Thank you, Jancis! Big fan" - Lise Kvan (5 stars)

"Very informative on all aspects of wine related matters from how wine is made to how to taste it, enjoy it and where to buy it. The lecturer is extremely competent and it is obvious from watching the course that she is passionate about wine and teaching the subject. The presentation is very clear and well structured. I highly recommend it and hope that Mrs. Robinson will have more courses this one to follow" - Mikizator (5 stars)

"Very informative. And for me as a foreigner, she speaks very clearly so it's easy to understand" - Kari Amundsen

"What I find hard when providing wine tastings is what to include and what information to leave out. Jancis provides a simple yet comprehensive guide through wine production and tasting using everyday words and little wine terminology, which is helpful for those new to wine" - Martin O'Shaughnessy (5 stars)

"Well structured,clearly presented and a very interesting course" - William Reder (5 stars)


Your Instructor


Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson

Jancis has been writing about wine since 1975 when she became assistant editor for the trade magazine Wine & Spirit. In 1984 she became the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine. She also served as British Airways' wine consultant, and supervised the BA Concorde cellar luxury selection, from 1995 until she resigned in 2010.

As a wine writer, she has become one of the world's leading authors of educational and encyclopaedic material on wine. The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Robinson and now in its 4th edition, is widely considered to be the most comprehensive wine encyclopaedia in the world. The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Robinson, now in its 7th edition, is a classic of the wine world while Wine Grapes was the first-ever winner of all six major wine book awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jancis Robinson has also presented her own 10-episode wine course on BBC television, has an honorary doctorate from the Open University, and was made an OBE in 2003. Her further accolades include multiple James Beard, Glenfiddich and André Simon Memorial Awards, and in 1999 was made Person of the Year by Decanter magazine.

Once a columnist for Wine Spectator, she now writes weekly for the Financial Times and daily for her own award-winning website. She also provides advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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