The Wine Courses

These wine courses have been created by Nigel Donnan for the Dublin Wine School and are intended for everyone from the casual drinker to the wine enthusiast who would like to improve their knowledge of the wines of the world. The courses give a special focus on the ‘how to taste’ wine, showing what to look for and its significance. The Dublin Wine School’s courses will concentrate on the good, interesting and characterful wines rather than be satisfied with the ordinary and every wine course will include examples of some of the world’s greatest wines whether they are legendary Bordeaux, top champagnes such as Dom Perignon, Cristal or Bollinger, Grand Cru Burgundy etc.

After each class, there will be a selection of cheeses etc to enjoy with a glass of wine should you wish to dally awhile.

Forthcoming Schedule

All wine courses will be run in Dublin city centre and run from 7pm to 9pm on their respective evenings.

1. Wine Appreciation Course - 6 weeks. Cost 240 Euros.

This course runs for 6 weeks, one evening per week. The Wine Appreciation Course will give a comprehensive overview of the wines of the world. The various styles, vintages and the relationship of food and wine will all be covered.

Some of the wines to be tasted on this course will include: Grand Cru Burgundy, Grand Marque Champagne, Chateauneuf du Pape, Sancerre, Rioja Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Barolo, Chianti Classico, Barossa Valley Shiraz, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Argentinian Malbec, German Riesling, Austrian Gruner Veltliner and others. The course will cover all the major wine producing countries and will taste a wide range of wines from such diverse origins as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, California and South Africa. The course will be split as follows:

Week 1: Introduction to wine, from grape to glass
Week 2: France: Bordeaux, the Loire, the Rhone and the South
Week 3: France: Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne
Week 4: Spain and Portugal
Week 5: Italy and the rest of Europe
Week 6: The New World

2. One Day Wine Appreciation Course Cost 120 Euros.

This course is intended for beginners who wish to establish a framework on which to build their wine knowledge. During the day, all the principal wine styles, grape varieties and countries will be covered. Special attention will be focused on how to taste wine.

3. Champagne Course - 4 weeks. Cost 395 euros

This runs for four weeks, one evening per week. This is a completely original course and covers the sparkling wines from the Champagne region in France. This course covers how Champagne is made and a comprehensive range of Champagnes will be tasted. The course is split as follows:

Week 1: Grape to glass. Non Vintage Champagnes
Week 2: Vintage Champagnes
Week 3: Rose Champagnes
Week 4: Prestige and Blanc de Blancs Champagnes

The champagnes tasted during this course will include such legendary names as: Dom Perignon, Cristal, Bollinger, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger and many more.

4. The Wines of France - 3 weeks. Cost 140 euros

This course deals with explaining the various styles, grapes and wine philosophies of the leading wine producing country in the world. It starts from basics and it covers all seven of France’s principal wine regions. Leading producers and vintages will be discussed a as well as the relationship of France’s food to its wines. Examples of some of the great wines tasted along the way will include: Cru Classѐ Bordeaux (Pauillac/St. Julien) , St. Emilion Grand Cru, Nuits St Georges Premier cru, Chablis Grand cru, Grand Marque Champagne and Chateauneuf du Pape. The course will be split as follows:

Week 1: The Loire Valley, Champagne and The Rhone Valley
Week 2: Bordeaux and the South of France
Week 3: Burgundy and Alsace

5. Wines of Italy — 3 weeks. Cost 140 euros

This is a course intended for those who want to have a very good, comprehensive and practical knowledge of Italian wines. It will also acquaint everyone with the quality of the wines available, many of which have only been introduced to the Irish market in recent years.

It's a three week course, one evening per week, and the wines tasted will include the following top names within Italy: Sassicaia (the original and legendary supertuscan wine), Barolo, Amarone, Prosecco, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico as well as many more. The course is split as follows:

Week 1: Piedmont, The Veneto, Trentino-Aldo Adige and Friuli
Week 2: Tuscany
Week 3: The South and the islands

6. Bordeaux - 3 weeks. Cost 160 Euros

This course is designed for those who want to have a good understanding of Bordeaux and want to familiarise themselves with the various styles of quality wines that are produced in the region. It will also impart a detailed knowledge of the last ten to twelve most recent vintages as well as food and wine matching recommendations. This course is 3 weeks long, one evening per week, and is structured as follows:

Week one:
Red wines of the Left Bank, that is, The Medoc, Haut Medoc and Pessac-Leognan
Tasting from First Growth (Chateau Latour or Mouton Rothschild) to Cru Classé to Cru Bourgeois.

Week two:
Red wines of the Right Bank, concentrating on St. Emilion and Pomerol but also looking at the less well known districts. Some lovely Pomerol and Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé wines will be tasted.

Week Three:
The white wines of Bordeaux both dry and sweet. The wine tasted will include Cru Classé Blanc and Sauternes.

7. Burgundy - 3 weeks. Cost 140 Euros

This course will cover what is probably the most enigmatic wine region in the world. Burgundy is the one region where the marriage of soil with the grape is a religion. Along the way, wines such as Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Nuits St Georges Premier Cru, Puligny Montrachet, Chablis Grand Cru and Chassagne Montrachet from such great producers as William Fevre, Domaine Dujac, Armand Rousseau and Comte Georges de Vogue will be tasted as well as many others. The course will be split as follows:

Week One: Chablis, Maconnais and Beaujolais
Week Two: Red wines from the Cote de Nuits
Week Three: Red and white wines from the Cote de Beaune

8. Spain - 2 weeks. Cost 85 Euros.

This course is suitable for anybody who wishes to know more about the World’s third largest wine producing country. Spain has experienced more positive change to its wine industry in the last 20 years that any other and has produced a number of contrasting styles within its various regions. During this 2 week course we’ll be tasting and discussing such wines as Rioja Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Albarino/Rias Baixas, Priorat as well as some of the gems that some of the country’s great winemakers produce off the beaten track of the more famous wine regions.