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Why Learn about Wine?
Episode 1 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Ms. Simonetti-Bryan answers this question in an engaging introductory episode that sets the stage for the subsequent episodes. Survey the millennia-old history of wine, discover what kind of wine consumer you are, explore wine culture in America, and more.
A Taster's Tool Kit
Episode 2 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Wine tasting can seem like a mysterious ritual, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Here, learn how to properly perform the five steps of tasting: seeing, swirling, sniffing, sipping, and savoring. Also, make sense of wine-related terminology, including…
Wines of Northern Italy
Episode 13 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Welcome to Italy, home to over 1,000 grape varieties. You sample a Barolo and Amarone (two pillars of Italian wine), a Pinot Grigio (the quintessential crowd-pleasing white wine), and other northern Italian wines.
French Regions: Bordeaux and Loire
Episode 10 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
French wines are the benchmarks of quality, which makes France the perfect place to begin your tour of some of the world's greatest wine regions. You explore the powerful reds and delicate whites of two wine-producing regions, learn how to…
Winemaking: From Vineyard to Harvest
Episode 3 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
The sensation of drinking a good or bad wine relies on what happens to its source grape in the vineyard. This episode takes you through the first half of the wine-making process and reveals how climate, altitude, weather patterns, and…
Winemaking: From Harvest to Bottle
Episode 4 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Continue your look at winemaking by focusing on the grape's journey from the vine to your palate. When are grapes ready to be picked? What is the difference between wine fermented in steel and in oak barrels? Why is there…
The Whites: Riesling to Chardonnay
Episode 5 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
In the first episode on the Noble grape varieties (used in those wines you see most often), focus on the most captivating varieties of white wine: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. As you explore each wine's unique characteristics, you'll strengthen…
The Tastes of Spain and Portugal
Episode 16 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Conclude your tour of Old World wine regions with Spanish and Portuguese wines. Many of the wines you learn about and sample: including a Rioja, a Rueda, a Jumilla, and a Duoro red: bridge the gap between traditional and international…
French Regions: Rhône, Languedoc, Provence
Episode 12 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Sample beautiful wines from the Rhone Valley and the coastline regions of Languedoc and Provence. You are introduced to a youthful and floral Viognier, a refreshing rose from Tavel, and a peppery red from Mas Belles Eaux.
French Regions: Burgundy and Alsace
Episode 11 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
How do you top the rich, full-bodied wines of Bordeaux? Find out in this engaging episode that takes you through the silky and delicate wines of Burgundy (including those from Chablis and Beaujolais) and the German-influenced tastes of Alsace (including…
Wines of Southern Italy
Episode 14 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Explore the wines of southern Italy. You visit Tuscany, home of Chianti; Campania, the source of the legendary Lacryma Christi (or Tears of Christ); and Sicily, whose Nero d'Avola is a rising star among red wine drinkers.
Becoming a Knowledgeable Wine Buyer
Episode 23 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Discover tips on how to purchase wine, how to order the perfect bottle at restaurants, how to store wine for the short and long term, how to treat wine as an investment, and much more.
The Reds: Pinot Noir to Cabernet
Episode 6 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Experience the Red Noble grape varieties, specifically Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Studied together, these varieties will expose you to the fascinating range of red wine grapes: from the light-bodied and aromatic to the full-bodied and tannin-rich.
Wines of New Zealand and South Africa
Episode 22 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Visit New Zealand and the regions of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, and Martinborough. Then, travel to Stellenbosch in South Africa, whose high-end Bordeaux blends are a delicious mix of Old World and New World tastes.
U.S. Regions: Washington and Oregon
Episode 18 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
How do Oregon producers differ from their California neighbors? What's so unique about Washington's grape vines? Learn the answers to these and other questions as you taste their versions of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.
Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines
Episode 7 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Venture into the world of sparkling wines, one of the least-understood but highest-quality wines in the world. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan reveals how wines like Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco originated, how they're produced, and how they taste. She even shows you the…
Port, Sherry, and Other Fortified Wines
Episode 8 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Fortified wines: wines whose alcoholic strength has been fortified: are the perfect accompaniment to the beginning or end of a meal. Here, learn more about these wines as you taste your way through the distinctive characteristics of ruby port, sherry,…
U.S. Regions: California
Episode 17 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
California produces 90% of America's wine and is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. Travel through the state's rich wine regions: including Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Santa Barbara: and explore its grape varieties, including the predominant Zinfandel.
The Tastes of Germany and Austria
Episode 15 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Germany is home to some of the most versatile wines to pair with food. Austria, following a scandal, has turned around its reputation and has begun producing a fantastic quality of wines. Explore both regions, with a particular focus on…
Wine for Any Occasion and Any Food
Episode 24 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Conclude with answers to questions about pairing wines with food and occasions. Should a wine complement or contrast a meal? What kind of wine should you serve on particular holidays? What are some myths about wine pairing? How should you…