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Online Class

The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy

by The Great Courses

Experience the bold, bright flavors of Italian wine and become an expert in the tastes and traditions of history's definitive wine-making regions.

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, one of the foremost authorities on wines around the world, and embark on a delicious, interactive and unforgettable tasting tour through a country that is equal parts picturesque, romantic and mysterious. Discover the features that set each region's wines apart as you explore everything from a Cinque Terre Blanco to a Sagrantino. Then, learn the differences in aging techniques and see how some of these wines pair with three versions of Italy's most popular dish: pizza. Plus, find out how to make the perfect Bellini for your next brunch! Get this on-demand class today to develop an envious understanding of the legendary wines of Italy and enjoy every weeknight even more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Wines from Julius Caesar's Day to Today
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan gives you the tools you need to embark on this unforgettable journey through the world of Italian wines. Get a brief overview of Italy's history of winemaking and its important grape varieties, before using the five S's to compare ancient and modern wines. Then, take a closer look at the art of pairing wine with food, and make sense of wine labels and terminology.
2. Northeast Italy: Beloved Whites to Rich Reds
3. Northwest Italy: Sophisticated Wines
4. Tuscan Stars: Chianti to Super Tuscans
5. Central Italy: Secret Gems
6. Southern Italy: Juicy Reds & Pizza Pairings

Recommended with this class

  • A variety of Italian 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.