Welcome to Beverage Basics: Wine
Thank you for participating in the Beverage Basics: Wine training module.
'Wine' is an incredibly broad topic, as immersive wine knowledge reaches across the disciplines of world history, politics, geology, ecology, chemistry and many others. Those who reach the pinnacle of the profession, master sommeliers, will have spent up to several hundreds of thousands of hours studying-and they will be the first to admit that they can always learn more! This course is designed to ensure that Two Roads Event Designers have the basic wine knowledge to understand the difference between the most common wines that your clients will ask for. If the subject interests you, you are encouraged to continue seeking out knowledge on your own, and some resources to do so will be provided at the end of this training module. Increasing your wine knowledge can only help to further your career in hospitality!
This training module has 3 sections--one for red and white wine, and one for sparkling wine. Each section covers some of the most common varietals of wine, and is then followed by 1 or 2 short quizzes on the knowledge that was presented. Completing these quizzes completes the training module.
If you would like to learn more, there is an appendix with further resources.
Before you begin the training module, it is important to cover some basic terminology that will be used repeatedly throughout this course. Press "Next" to advance to a list of commonly used terms.
Commonly Used Terms
Wine: An alcoholic beverage made from fermented grape juice
Fermentation: The chemical process of converting sugar into alcohol
Varietal: The type of grape used to make the wine
Vintage: The year the grapes were harvested
Producer: The winemaker or estate that makes the wine
Appellation: A specific geographical area that grapes come from (such as Napa in California)
Terroir: A tasting term for a wine that reflects the geographical characteristics of where its grapes were grown
Body: A tasting term that describes the weight and feel of a wine. Ranges from light bodied to medium bodied to full bodied.
Big: A full bodied wine with lots of ripe fruit tasting notes; typically high in alcohol