How Online Wine Classes Are Changing The Course of Wine Appreciation

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about how more and more wine lovers are turning to online wine classes, not just because we’re in quarantine, but also because they offer many advantages over physical courses:

  • You don’t have to drive, find parking or a babysitter and then drive home after drinking
  • Many couples take the course together as date night (a two-for-one benefit because they only pay one course fee)
  • Family members of drinking age can also do this as it’s often a lot more fun than monopoly
  • My students meet wine lovers around the world, they develop friendships
  • Those in remote communities that don’t have access to wine classes can participate
  • When you finish the course it’s not over as we continue to meet regularly online to taste together


You can take my free sample class:

5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner

(and how to fix them forever)



Mosel Valley River


We then chatted about what a sample class inside the full course might include, like an in-depth tasting of German wines and food pairings:

  • Fascinating history and trivia, dinner party conversation: steep slopes 65 degrees, 300 mile long Mosel River
  • How to read the labels and find bargains in the liquor store, greatest value, aging potential
  • Riesling and Pinot Noir Spätburgunder for spring
  • Incredible range of styles for Riesling, low alcohol, high flavour
  • Food pairings and what to avoid for clashing
  • Travel tips when visiting the regions






Henkell & Co. Trocken
Baden, Germany













Relax Bubbles
Mosel, Germany




Franken Wine Region






Dachshund Wines Pinot Grigio 2017
Rheinhessen, Germany









Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017
Pfalz, Germany






Ahr Wine Region







Relax Riesling 2018
Moselle, Germany









The Bend In The River Riesling 2018
Pfalz, Germany





Achkarren, Kaiserstuhl, Achkarrener Schlossberg





Schloss Schönborn Estate Feinherb Riesling 2018
Rheingau Qualitätswein, Germany









Moselland Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
Mosel, Germany










Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany





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