The Beginners Guide to Napa Valley
Ready to take the next step in your wine learning journey, but feel intimidated by traditional wine courses?
Wine Folly will take you on a journey, from the basics of wine all the way to advanced topics.
I’m really enjoying this course. I have recommended it to friends that just want to have a better understanding of wine. Go at your own pace and review anytime. Very pleased.- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thomas R. from United States
How it works
What is Napa Valley 101 all about?
Thirsty for knowledge
Who is it for?
Whether you’re someone who had a wine that changed their life and want to learn more, a passionate connoisseur or starting in the wine industry and looking to find your feet, this course is for you.
Knowledge for the real world
How it works
Unlimited access to videos with world-class instructors, paired with micro-learning chapters, and progress checks all taken at your own pace. Engaging visuals and mini-missions cement your knowledge.
Activate your wine career
For those looking for professional development, take the certificate challenge, multiple choice exam that you’ll have an hour to complete.
Wine purchases aren't necessary
This is an entry level course. Start here. You don’t need to purchase wines in order to maximize your learning and enjoyment.
I loved everything about this course! Gives a very good basic knowledge!- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laila Z. from Canada
What you'll learn
Explore Napa Valley
Let's explore the best wines of Napa Valley and learn how to find great quality.
What makes Napa Valley Unique
In this course, we'll be tasting 6 wines, including the region's top styles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and a Sauvignon Blanc Blend.
Attain deep insight into Napa Valley with its history and its wines.
Taste Like a Pro, with a Pro
Know how to identify quality and age-worthiness in Napa Valley Cabernet and others. Learn the different appellations of Napa Valley and what to look for.
Associate wine flavors with the variety, winemaking method, and regional terroir. Expand your palate and taste wine like a pro, with a pro.
Wines are Not Required
Wines are not included with the purchase price of this course. However, tasting is encouraged! Here are the six regional wines we'll be tasting in the course:
Wine Folly has enabled me to taste wines with more informed expectations, and to make recommendations for pairing. I have a lot to learn, but I appreciate the friendly and approachable good start, thank you!- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Maggie E. from United States
Your Wine Experts
Award winning instructors.
Wine Folly Founder
Madeline Puckette is the cofounder of WineFolly.com. Since its creation in 2011, Wine Folly has become one of the most popular wine education sites in the world due to its extensive use of insightful articles, detailed infographics, and entertaining videos.
In recognition of these efforts, the International Wine & Spirits Competition awarded Puckette with Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013, and Wine Communicator of the Year in 2019.
Master of Wine
Wine Folly's head wine educator, Christine Marsiglio, is one of only 32 Bollinger award-winning Masters of Wine. Before joining Wine Folly, she has worked at the WSET School London where she contributed to the development of materials for the WSET Diploma and taught all WSET levels.
Before discovering her love of wine education, Christine was a Tastings Executive at Decanter where she ran panel tastings and helped organize the Decanter World Wine Awards.
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Use your computer or your phone while learning at your own pace. Lifetime Access.
Certifications focus on understanding rather than memorizing. Knowledge is retained for longer.
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No Extra Fees
You can study as much as you like and prove your knowledge as many times as it takes.
Certifications are optional and affordable. Get the job you've always wanted in the wine industry.
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