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Online Class

The Everyday Guide to Wines of California

by The Great Courses

Enjoy a well-rounded experience of California's great wines and spice up every night of the week, without leaving your home!

What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a two-page poster-sized wine guide
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom


Join acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan for an engaging and interactive tour of the unique flavors California has to offer. By surveying both perennial top-sellers and experimental underdogs, from a Rhône Valley Syrah to Chardonnays from Sonoma, you'll discover why California is one of the world's greatest wine producers. Filled with interactive tastings, suggestions for food pairings, shopping tips and much more, this class will teach you how to enjoy all of California's offerings, one delicious glass at a time. You'll even get to take a behind-the-scenes peek at the California wineries being discussed. Enroll in this on-demand class today to expand your wine knowledge and palate with the tastes of California and wow the ones you love with amazing pairings.

Lesson Breakdown

1. California's Superstar Status
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan gives you the tools you need for your journey through the world of California wines. Find out what makes California unique among other winemaking regions of the world, and see how French Chardonnay compares with its California counterpart. Plus, discover the perfect way to read a California wine label, and explore best practices for opening a wine bottle and getting the most from tasting in a winery.
2. Noble Whites: Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay
3. Rising Stars: Fragrant Whites & Organic Wines
4. Elegance in a Glass: Sparklers & Pinot Noir
5. Big, Bold Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
6. Calfornia's Secret Red Gems

Recommended with this class

  • A variety of California wines as suggested in each lesson
  • Corkscrew
  • Wine glasses

Taught by

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London. She also has a professional certificate in spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators. A winner of the Wiesbaden Tasting Trophy from The Institute of Masters of Wine, Jennifer has taught courses for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust; judged international competitions, including the Ultimate Beverage Challenge; and hosted seminars with Food Network stars.