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Wine Education for Beginners

It can be daunting to learn about wine as a novice, as so much of the educational material out there is directed at experts or aficionados, people already familiar with all the varietals and language. But there are a few great places to get started as a beginner, which we've rounded up below. Some even have certificate programs!

Bubbly Professor is a fun place to read about wines and the industry. Some of the material is pretty advanced, but it's a lot of great information from a wine educator who goes by Miss Jane. For starters, I would recommend the Five Fast Facts series. A lot of these posts are about specific regions or grapes.

The Society of Wine Educators offers free webinars a few times a month. It's one of the places that also offers a paid certification, but you can learn a lot just by tuning into the webinars. There's also a cute and helpful wine and spirits trivia app you can download for learning on the go.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust presents the WSET 3 Minute Wine School on YouTube. For the most part, each episode presents a varietal or region, and they're fun to watch! To learn even more, you can get a WSET Award in Wines at various levels through paid courses. Level 4 is a specialist level qualification where you can earn a diploma and certificate.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is the place to go to become a certified sommelier, which means a lot of hard work. You'll have to know wine pretty well! However, their resources page has some great materials about wine varieties, tasting sheets you can use at home, and recommendations on how to further your wine knowledge.