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The Spanish Wine School at the Mediterranean Cooking School
Granada, Andalusia, Spain


The Mediterranean Wine School is a venture of the Mediterranean Cooking School in Granada. Classes are suitable for those begnning to learn the basics about the wines of the Mediterranean basin to those with an intermediate level of wine appreciation with an emphasis on Spanish wines. The School also teaches food and wine pairing, particularly within the Mediterranean style. Classes emphasize what is distinctive about the wines of the Mediterranean zone as opposed to other wine regions, and then pair those wines with Mediterranean cuisine. 
A 5-day program located based in Granada will introduce participants to the range of Mediterranean wines (including French, Italian, and Turkish), with one particular focus on the most important viticultural areas of Spain such as Rioja, Ribera, Jerez, Pirorato, and Penedes. The course will involve tastings as well as excursions to vineyards and wineries in Andalusia, particularly Sherry producers, to Baeza for a wine tasting at the famed hotel school there, and to the teaching kitchen and cellars of the Mediterranean Cooking School in Granada for wine and food pairings. Participants will also receive instruction in basic Spanish for wine lovers. Accommodation is provided by Casa Azahar, or in local hotels of distinction.
Time is allowed for particpants to explore the city of Granada as well as Andalusia, and to shop and dine independantly.

Curso de iniciación a los vinos españoles

El curso está orientado a todas las personas que quieran acercarse al conocimiento teórico y práctico de los vinos españoles.

Las clases y las catas se realizan en la vieja bodega de la escuela, una construcción árabe del siglo X donde se han realizado y almacenado vinos durante más de 1000 años. Se combina la información teórica con la cata de vinos de las denominaciones de origen más importantes.


Lunes: Introducción a los vinos españoles:

Introducción histórica Denominaciones de origen. Variedades de uva y tierras. Sistemas de clasificación.

Tema del día: Los vinos espumosos: El cava.

Martes: Los vinos generosos 1: Jerez, Montilla-Moriles y Manzanilla.

Vinos secos: Fino, oloroso y amontillado.

Miércoles: Los vinos generosos 2: Jerez, Montilla-Moriles y Manzanilla.

Vinos dulces: Pedro Ximénez y cream.

Los blanco españoles: Rías Baixas, Rueda y Penedés.

Jueves: Las regiones clásicas:

Rioja y Ribera del Duero.

Viernes: Otras regiones:

Navarra, Bierzo, Valdepeñas y Somontano.


elearning: Certificate in Wine Studies from the Institute of Gastronomy

The Elizabeth Bishop Wine Education Center at Boston University

Study Wine: Professional Certificate in Wine from the Institute of Gastronomy

The 2007 weekend classes at the Trout Point Cooking School include Introduction to Wine and special classes on Spanish wines and Bordeaux. This is a new wine program that compliments the courses in seafood cookery and Creole cuisine that have been offered since 2000. The Trout Point Cooking School is also offering a Master Class on Cheeses.

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Wine Caves
Part of the Mediterranean Cooking School, Granada

This is a useful site by two brothers and vineyard owners that has useful information about all Spanish wine regions and their wine.

The Costa Rica Wine Experience
Inn at Coyote Mountain



A two-day stay at the luxurious nature retreat Inn at Coyote Mountain for tastings of South American wines along with food and wine pairings conducted by the chef-proprietors. Learn about Chilean, Argentinian, and other South American wines and why some of the finest wine producers from France and the United States have joined or started wineries in the region.
For beginning to intermediate level wine enthusiasts.
Part of the Costa Rica Creole Cooking School.

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A few online wine education programs, articles, and wine schools:
"for beginners" from Jancis Robinson's wine site: well-written notes on wine etiquette, purchase, and service from the priestess of wine.
The Wine Spectator School (pay) from the eponymous magazine offers a variety of courses aimed at the wine amateur from beginning to more advanced levels, including courses on specific regions like Bordeaux, as well as two courses for wine/restaurant industry workers or professionals. The Bordeaux couse gets a B+ as an intermediate class.
The online version of Wine Spectator also offers free reading materials on the ABCs of Wine, including sections on grape varietals, wine tasting, and storing and serving wine.
Culinary Institute of America, Prof-Chef.com, Free Online Wine Course gives a very well-conceived and presented introduction to four classic grape varieties, explaining their different terroires and styles. This course receives an A- as a novice class. This course also gives continuing education credit.
Instant Wine Course provides a good introduction to tasting, plus an invaluable "tool kit." Free registration required. We really like the tool kit for keeping records of tasting, and using an interactive wine wheel.
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust of England plans to have online courses aimed at professionals and restaurant industry trainees available as early as January, 2007.
The Online Wine Tasting Course from wineloverspage.com looks like an excellent, unpretentious online resource for the wine novice.
In French, l'Espace Vin of Viniflhor provides an excellent survey of wine grape cultivation as well as vinifcation for professionals, and a section on wine enjoyment for amateurs.
List of wine classes from chiff.com

The Origins & Ancient History of Wine

Wine School Vacation Programs Worldwide & Online Wine Courses

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