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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Why Learn about Wine?
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…
Episode 2 A Taster's Tool Kit
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,…
Episode 3 Winemaking: From Vineyard to Harvest
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…
Episode 4 Winemaking: From Harvest to Bottle
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…
Episode 5 The Whites: Riesling to Chardonnay
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…
Episode 6 The Reds: Pinot Noir to Cabernet
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…
Episode 7 Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines
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…
Episode 8 Port, Sherry, and Other Fortified Wines
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…
Episode 9 What to Drink with Dessert
Sauternes; Tokaji; Ice Wine; Vin Santo: wines go great either with or as dessert. Survey the range of dessert wines, paying particular attention to three ways these wines can be…
Episode 10 French Regions: Bordeaux and Loire
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…
Episode 11 French Regions: Burgundy and Alsace
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…
Episode 12 French Regions: Rhône, Languedoc, Provence
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…
Episode 13 Wines of Northern Italy
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…
Episode 14 Wines of Southern Italy
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…
Episode 15 The Tastes of Germany and Austria
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…
Episode 16 The Tastes of Spain and Portugal
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…
Episode 17 U.S. Regions: California
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…
Episode 18 U.S. Regions: Washington and Oregon
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…
Episode 19 Other U.S. Regions, Mexico, and Canada
Where are the wine pioneers of today and tomorrow? The answer: New York, Virginia, Texas, and other U.S. states, each of which, you discover, has its own approach to making…
Episode 20 Sampling Argentina and Chile
South American wines have grown in popularity around the world. Here, Ms. Simonetti-Bryan guides you through the Chilean regions, including Maipo, Rapel, and Curico, as well as Argentine vineyards in…
Episode 21 The Best of Australia and Tasmania
In terms of wine, Australia and Tasmania has it all: cool and warm climates, French and American oaks, white and red varieties. Australia also makes the top wine imported into…
Episode 22 Wines of New Zealand and South Africa
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…
Episode 23 Becoming a Knowledgeable Wine Buyer
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…
Episode 24 Wine for Any Occasion and Any Food
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?…

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