The Science of Wine Tasting: Full Series!
The Science of Wine Tasting Series is designed to help students of wine sharpen their tasting skills and master the latest scientific advancements in wine chemistry and sensory evaluation.
The first season includes four segments:
- The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting with Gabriel Lepousez PhD
- Molecular Harmonies with François Chartier
- Understanding and Identifying Wine Faults with Jamie Goode
- Beyond Flavour with Nick Jackson MW
The first season includes four segments:
- Molecular Sommellerie with François Chartier
- The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting with Gabriel Lepousez
- Language, Perception and Expertise with Jamie Goode
- Structure and Construction: The Heart of a Variety with Nick Jackson MW
Each of the four segments is composed of three recorded online presentations.
See what people are saying about it:
- Eric Sheridan on Feb 17, 2021
Fantastic session, wine science presented in meaningful way to non-scientists!
- Atul Patel on Feb 17, 2021
This is an excellent course that really examines the science behind tastings and debunks many of the misunderstandings and hyperbole that goes on in the wine industry. It helps you understand how your mind works with your sense of smell and taste buds and also how different people experience taste. A must for anyone serious about wine and wine tasting and wine education.
- Wendy Smyth on Feb 17, 2021
This program opens up a completely new way of thinking about and approaching the art of wine tasting. There are many revelations throughout the sessions that qualify as "ah-ha" moments. Dr. Lepousez's easy manner and obvious mastery of his subject give much to his students. I am already thinking about and proceeding through the tasting process differently, using some of the knowledge I was so fortunate to gain through this fabulous segment.
- Alessandro Tommasi on Feb 17, 2021
Excellent course, well structured and presented. Wish to have more modules like this
- Karen Sutherland, FWS on Feb 17, 2021
I have taken the WSET Diploma and just finished a just Masters in Vineyard and Winery Management in Bordeaux which included regular tasting seminars. The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting courses by Gabriel Lepousez far exceed any descriptions or course information I have ever received on the technical and physical aspects of what happens during wine tasting.
Understanding what happens in the mouth, the nose, how information is transmitted to the brain will definitely allow me to better understand what I might be sensing and tasting, make me a better taster and should allow me to better catalogue and retain the particularities of each wine I taste.
As many noted during the course, there was so much new information, it was very exciting to participate in the course.
Thank you Gabriel!!
- Andrew Belcher on Feb 17, 2021
Gabriel was very engaging presenter and put across what is a complicated topic in a way that made it easier to follow. The detail on the slides helped with my understanding. People will look at tasting in a different way.
- Al Seicshnaydre on Feb 17, 2021
I highly recommend this seminar for both wine professionals and enthusiastic wine lovers
- Arnica Rowan on Feb 17, 2021
Not only did I find this seminar fascinating, but I learned some very practical techniques to improve my own tasting ability. Gabriel is a great instructor, and I highly recommend the seminar series.
- Barbara Cohen on Feb 17, 2021
I have always enjoyed wine, but now at age 65 I have begun to study my love of wine. At first I thought this topic would be too much science/chemistry for me, but I was wrong. This program was taught in a perfect way of reaching advanced students and explanations in a way that included beginning students. As a retired professor, this is an attribute I admire. The slides were the right amount and the lectures that accompanied the slide provided much insight. I am thrilled to have gained this knowledge and sincerely congratulate Gabriel on this presentation. I know think of my tasting in a more complex way. Thank you.
- Susan Manfull on Feb 17, 2021
Dr. Lepousez took a complicated subject and made it understandable and fascinating. His examples were spot on and drove home concepts directly relevant to wine tasting. Between classes, I found myself talking about the neuroscience of wine tasting to anyone who would listen and eagerly awaiting the next segment! Simply outstanding!
- Michaela Morris on Feb 17, 2021
From my Instagram post: Just wrapped up the last session of The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting - part of @winescholarguild Science of Wine Tasting series. It was worth every penny and more!!! An absolutely fascinating deep dive into the workings of the brain and our sensory perception. Presenter Gabriel Lepousez PhD from @ecoledunez was as engaging as he was informative making it easy for non-sciency people like me to understand. Among the many things I learned (with scientific backing): why it is important to swallow a bit when tasting, why I am occasionally moved to tears when I smell a wine and how an apéro helps us appreciate the wine and food that follows. Can’t wait for the book!
- Bruno Vorburger on Feb 18, 2021
Fascinating, new understanding, super presentation – a complete package
Gabriel Lepousez has an immense knowledge, the presentation was interesting as a thriller. It opened my eyes that there is much more out there we should consider when approaching wine, sniff at a glass, swirl the wine in our mouth and swallow the liquid.
- Albert Sheen on Feb 18, 2021
Gabriel's webinars were truly eye-opening and very well-presented. After watching them, I have a much better understanding of how wine affects the senses and how our brains interpret those sensations.
- philip hedger on Feb 19, 2021
Maybe the definitive set of tutorials on this complex facet of wine tasting. Perhaps there is a more knowledgeable expert and better presenter on the topic. If there is, then sign me up!
- Sharlene Kopec on Feb 19, 2021
This course in unlike any other in wine, I highly recommend it for professionals and enthusiasts alike. It will expand your horizons and the way you think about experiencing wine using all of your senses.
- Harold Anderson on Apr 29, 2021
I would recommend this course to anyone that has a real interest in wines beyond just drinking.
- Karen Sutherland, FWS on Apr 30, 2021
Absolutely fascinating course. There were as many questions in the "Q&A" forum as there were comments about revelations and how fascinating the course was every minute in the "Chat" forum. There was so much material and participants had such a wide variety of knowledge that the questions kept being asked even after the course was over. Gabriel did a great job of addressing the questions and is extremely knowledgeable. In addition, several people referenced his course when we did the Molecular Harmonies course - clearly a great foundation for greater understanding of wine tasting. I would not hesitate to recommend the course to anyone.
- Vince Cardella on Apr 30, 2021
The entire 4 part series is fantastic. The instructors are so enthralled by everything wine that it makes learning so enjoyable.
- Barbara Cohen on Apr 30, 2021
This full series has been the most fascinating wine class I have taken in exploring wine tasting. I feel it has helped me immensely with blind tastings. The on-line series has gone smoothly and I highly recommend all taking the full course.
- Nicholas Cowell on May 2, 2021
Brilliant new insgights from the cutting edge of research, presented with evidence in areas that are well-established, and areas of uncertainty and possible future research
- Luiz Da Silva Mello on May 3, 2021
Very interesting series, with a new and useful approach to wine tasting techniques.
- James Bushee on May 3, 2021
The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting is the best program on this subject that I’ve experienced. Nick Jackson is extraordinarily knowledgeable and articulate, and he communicates very difficult concepts in a practical and easily understood manner.
- Louise Boutin on May 3, 2021
Applying science or new approches to traditional wine tasting techniques will be useful in my wine reviews. I would recommend this webinar to any professional wine tasters.
- Joseph Lambert on May 3, 2021
Nick really opened my eyes to a whole new way of tasting for variety. Being somewhat of a novice I felt that I really benefitted from Nick's many years of experience. When someone is willing and able to think outside of the box and present it to a wide audience in an enjoyable way that's a real talent. I look forward to more courses with Nick!
- Garrell Keesler on May 3, 2021
My takeaways from this program are giving me a new way of tasting wine. As I approach a blind tasting, I'll be less bogged down in confusingly similar aromas and fruit profiles, and will begin with the structure. This will give the other features of the wine a framework that will make them easier to observe.
- Barbara Cohen on May 7, 2021
This was my favorite wine class so far. It gave me the freedom to experience wine through feelings. I am a feeling person so this really helped me in my blind tastings. Very informative.
- Karen (Kari) Ductor on May 10, 2021
Very informative, different way of evaluating wine
- Karen (Kari) Ductor on May 10, 2021
Good information, tried pairings. Wonderful
- Tom Gable on May 15, 2021
I've always relied on the nose of a wine as the most important factor in identifying a variety or varieties, place, winemaking nuances and initial impression on quality. Nick's approach sharpened my sensitivities in new ways to acids and tannins. I now take more time in analyzing their shapes, locations, intensity and tactile impressions, with modest success. So I definitely will be practicing more! Thanks for the new tasting tools.
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- Julien Camus on Feb 23, 2022
- Lyne Noella on Feb 23, 2022
The course was ideal -- a wonderful combination of speakers, technical information and viewpoints. Excellent speakers!
- Michael Huhnke on Feb 23, 2022
An excellent webinar on a topic that not only is fascinating but also generally doesn't get as much attention as it should in wine education. It shows how soil types represent a key element in the study of terroir.
- Amber LeBeau on Feb 23, 2022
One of my absolute favorite series that Wine Scholar Guild has done to date. This turned the geeky into the practical with lots of great insights into the relationship between soils and what ends up in the glass.
- Pablo S Fernandez on Feb 24, 2022
Soil Signatures was so mindblowing that I repeatedly watched the panels. It is so good and great to have some of the most renowned specialists in the world discussing, and at the comfort of your home, the secrets and nuances of the effects of soil and geology on the wines.
- Lars Justsen on Feb 28, 2022
As a student at the Institute of Masters of Wine, I benefitted immensely from the Soil Signatures Series. Highly recommended!
- Janice Robinson on Jun 18, 2022
WSG Soil Signature Series rocked!!! Getting the dirt from winemakers, geologists and wine experts about how soil is expressed in wine, and if that is even possible was thought provoking and helped me think about both wine and our earth differently. The sessions broadened my understanding of soil types and their influence on grape vines + fruit. I enjoyed reflecting on wine producing regions based on their soils and have been trying wines based on the soils the grapes were grown and looking for those signatures in aromas, flavours and textures.