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The Everyday Guide to Wines of France

Course No. 9176
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits
Institute of Masters of Wine
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Course Overview

France's outstanding reputation for fine wines—whether red, white, or sparkling—doesn't come out of thin air. Rather, it stems from hundreds of years of tradition that have created the gold standard by which all other wines around the world are measured.

The colors, aromas, and tastes of French wines span the spectrum and in many ways have gone on to shape and influence everything we appreciate about fine wine. It is in France where some of the world’s most common grape varieties—such as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon—were first grown and harvested. Whether you’re a connoisseur of great wine or simply looking for the best bottle to give as a gift or to pair with dinner, to learn about the wines of France is to understand the origins of wine culture and to expose yourself to a range of tastes and traditions unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Grab a glass and join acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan on a fascinating six-lecture tour of the best wines that France has to offer with The Everyday Guide to Wines of France. What makes French wines stand out from their international counterparts? How does the varied landscape of France shape and influence what’s in your wine glass? Why do French wines command such respect from culinary experts and casual drinkers? These intriguing questions and more are answered in a journey packed with interactive wine tastings, food and wine pairing demonstrations, practical tips and suggestions for shopping and gift giving, and more.

Visit French Wine Regions—Right from Home

The Everyday Guide to Wines of France takes you all across the country on a vibrant search for the best of the best when it comes to French wines. From the comfort of your own home and with the help of green screen technology that transports Ms. Simonetti-Bryan around the country, you’ll travel to some of France’s most important wine regions and investigate their unique wine-making traditions.

  • The Loire Valley: Called the “Garden of France,” this valley has a climate considered the most pleasant in northern France, which makes it a popular destination for vacationers and wine enthusiasts.
  • Burgundy: The region of Burgundy is home to only two major grape varieties—Chardonnay (for white grapes) and Pinot Noir (for red grapes). Burgundy is also known for making some of the best white wines in the world.
  • Bordeaux: Bordeaux is home to some of the boldest and richest wines in France. Rooted in formal traditions and history, the wines from this region last for many decades and generally command the highest prices at wine auctions.

Sample the Best Wines France Has to Offer

Throughout each lecture, you'll have the opportunity to taste alongside Ms. Simonetti-Bryan as she samples great French wines and draws your attention to curious subtleties and differences your palate may not have noticed before. While French wines can be expensive, many of the wines featured in this course are affordable and can easily be found in your nearest wine shop or supermarket.

The Everyday Guide to Wines of France is an engaging chance to unravel the mysteries of some of the world's greatest wines in the company of a master educator who has trained hundreds of professionals in the wine industry and has been featured on a variety of popular media programs. Most of all, it's an amazing wine-tasting journey that will leave you with a greater appreciation for French wine—in all of its captivating varieties.

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6 lectures
 |  35 minutes each
  • 1
    French Wines—Quality and Tradition
    Discover everything you need to know to understand—and savor—a wine that is exceedingly French and enjoyed on both celebratory and everyday occasions: Champagne. You’ll learn how to open a bottle of Champagne like an expert, how it compares to Prosecco and other sparkling wines from around the world, how the landscape of the Champagne region affects the character of the wine itself, which foods pair best with sweet and dry Champagnes, and more. x
  • 2
    Alsace and Loire—Delicate, Racy, and Luscious
    Muscadet. Sancerre. Chinon. Alsace Riesling. Sample these and other elegant reds and whites from the Loire and Alsace regions of France. As you taste your way through these treasures, you’ll explore what experts mean when they say wine is “past its peak,” why acidic wine pairs so well with seafood dishes, why a German wine is grown in France, and why a particular form of fungus on grapes can actually be a great thing. x
  • 3
    Burgundy—Wines of Sophistication and Elegance
    Ms. Simonetti-Bryan takes you on a virtual tour of the tastes and sights of her most favorite wine region: Burgundy. What makes this landscape so important is that it’s the benchmark for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir around the world. You’ll get a chance to find out for yourself why it’s the gold standard through interactive tastings and comparisons of a range of wines, including a Bourgogne Blanc, a Chablis, a Meursault, and a Beaujolais. x
  • 4
    Bordeaux—Bold and Rich Wines
    Become more familiar with wines from France’s most iconic wine region: Bordeaux. As you taste your way through a variety of unique wines, you’ll also see how winemaking in France compares with winemaking in California (where technological innovations are looked on more favorably) and take a peek at how a wine ages over time. You’ll finish the lecture with a luxurious sampling of a Sauterne, one of the world’s best-known dessert wines. x
  • 5
    Rhône Valley—Aromatic Whites and Spicy Reds
    Explore the great wines of the northern and southern Rhône Valley, which display a side that’s more flavorful, spicy, and savory. As you use the five S’s of tasting wine to make your way through a red and a white Côtes du Rhone, a Condrieu, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and more, you’ll train yourself to easily pick out the ways in which the landscape of this region shapes how its wines look, smell, and taste. x
  • 6
    Southern France—Rising Stars and Secret Gems
    Go to the southern coast of France (and other outlying regions) for a look at the rest of the wines this country has to offer: a Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay, a Chablis, a Provence Rosé, a Corbières, a Cahors, and a Madiran. You’ll also learn the pros and cons of screw-capped wine, see how rosés are crafted, and have fun with a final quiz (modeled on a French game) that tests your newfound knowledge of French wines. x

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Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits
Institute of Masters of Wine
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is among a small number of people to have received the highest credentials in the wine and spirits industry. She is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine (M.W.) title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London, England-the highest and most difficult title to achieve in the industry. She also has a Professional Certificate in Spirits from the Wine &...
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The Everyday Guide to Wines of France is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent video! The course is very organized and the wine connoisseur introduces the most important French wines in a simple way. As a beginner wine enthusiast, I understood the lectures very well. Great explanation among wine varieties.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and professional course Jennifer does an excellent job of explaining French wines. She describes how they are made, how they should taste and which region in France they are from. I have taken 3 of her courses and look forward to taking any that she has in the future. With Jennifer's courses I have increased my knowledge of wine and therefore my enjoyment.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winetastic! This was an outstanding presentation with a masterful presenter.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Everyday Guide to Wines of France I am only two lectures into this class and already it is worth every penny.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative, interesting and fun. I have most (maybe ALL) of Simonetti-Bryan's courses and they are all excellent. Over my 74 years on this planet I have traveled extensively including the countries of France, Italy, Sicily, Spain and many others as well as, of course, every state of the USA. One of the things I enjoyed most was sampling the many wines each country had to offer. I regret not keeping my notes about the wines that I enjoyed and some that I found a bit harsh. I wish I had had these courses prior to my travels to help me fully appreciate my experiences. I recall only snapshots of my wine tasting experiences and now Simonetti-Bryan's courses give the full picture. The courses on wine and the one on "spirits" are some of my favorite courses. Simonetti-Bryan's knowledge is vast and her presentations are as smooth as some of the fine wines that I have tasted. I VERY highly recommend Simonetti-Bryan's courses to all who love wine and to anyone who has ever had a sip. Thanks to GREAT COURSES and to Jennifer for these fine and fun courses.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging personality I've been enjoying French wine for many years, and read many books about the regions. The presentation was delightful and I learned new things about some of my favorite regions and wines as well as reinforcing already held ideas. The course was fun!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Guide to Wines of France Very disappointed with the Course Book. I took The Everyday Guide to Wine and was so impressed with the course video, but mostly the Course Guidebook. It has 160 pages of great information I can continue to reference. This course has a 2-page index that can't be printed (if you want to read it). I am so happy this course was on sale and I didn't spend the full amount. Last on-line course I'll purchase.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NOT bad but not great I was disappointed that there wasn't more "meat" in this course. It seemed pretty elementary to me.
Date published: 2016-12-06
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