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Online Class

The Everyday Guide to Wines of France

by The Great Courses

Explore the nuances of great wines for a truly enjoyable glass any night of the week.

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 Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan and embark on an amazing wine-tasting journey that will leave you with a greater appreciation for French wine in all of its captivating varieties. First, discover what makes French wines stand out from their international counterparts and how the varied landscape of France influences what's in your glass. Then, learn to use the five S's of tasting wine and uncover Jennifer's trick for opening a bottle of Champagne like an expert, making you an instant hit at your next party. Plus, discover which foods pair best with which wines and learn what experts mean when they say wine is "past its peak." Get this on-demand class today to unravel the mysteries of some of the world's greatest wines and develop a greater appreciation for French wine in the comfort of your own home.

Lesson Breakdown

1. French Wines: Quality & 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. Learn how to open a bottle of Champagne like an expert, 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.
2. Alsace & Loire: Delicate, Racy & Luscious
3. Burgundy: Wines of Sophistication & Elegance
4. Bordeaux: Bold & Rich Wines
5. Rhone Valley: Aromatic Whites & Spicy Reds
6. Southern France: Rising Stars & Secret Gems

Recommended with this class

  • A variety of French 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.