Drinking with the Valkyries

Sharpen Your Knowledge & Tasting Skills

An interactive online course designed to help anyone start talking about wine with confidence–even if you’re not a “wine person”.

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Drinking with the Valkyries

Drinking with the Valkyries by Andrew Jefford Front Cover

Drinking with the Valkyries

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BEGINNER

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4 WEEKS

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28 HRS OF STUDY

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4 LOCATIONS

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ONLINE

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CERTIFICATION

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You want to speak with confidence about the textures, styles and regions of wine.
You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.
You need practical guidance on tasting and pairing that you can actually use.

Then It's Time To

Level Up Your Wine IQ

Drinking with the Valkyries

$35.00

Andrew Jefford is, in the words of winemaker Randall Grahm, ‘the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine’. Discover why in this selection from Jefford’s work, celebrating the limitless beauty of wine difference. This book anatomizes the pleasure that awaits every drinker while simultaneously furnishing a philosophy of wine – one founded on astonishment, and drawing on personal discovery rather than hierarchy and mastery. There is no other wine writing like this.

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TASTE & TALK ABOUT WINE LIKE A PRO

Module 1

Introduction To Wine

Module 2

The Influence Of Site, Grape Type, & Techniques

Module 3

Principle Wine Regions Of The World

Module 4

Tasting, Serving, Storing & Pairing

WHY ONLINE & WHY WITH US?

EASILY ACCESS GUIDED WEBINARS + EXPERTS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Wine 101 includes 8 hours of training, divided into 20 appetizer-sized videos, plus a tasting toolkit.

Get access to live webinars, plus a video library to further hone your skills and expand your knowledge.

Ask questions and get answers with NVWA certified experts. Plus, engage with our +4,000 community.

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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.
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DIRECT ACCESS TO WINE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

• 5 Master of Wine Instructors
• 2 Master Sommeliers
• 4 Diploma student-only support staff
• 12 Wine Industry Specialists
• 1 dedicated mentor per student

You’re ready to dip your toes into the world of wine, but don’t want to feel totally overwhelmed.

JUST 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO

LEVEL UP YOUR WINE EXPERTISE LIKE A PRO

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You’ll receive a Welcome Email with everything you need to access our proprietary learning platform, community and course materials.

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Dive right into your materials, interact with our community, and engage with your expert instructors–100% online and at your own pace.

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LEVEL UP LIKE A PRO

Celebrate finally having a clear path to certification, or simply savor being able to impress friends and family with your elevated wine knowledge.

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Andrew Jefford is, in the words of winemaker Randall Grahm, ‘the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine’. Discover why in this selection from Jefford’s work, celebrating the limitless beauty of wine difference. This book anatomizes the pleasure that awaits every drinker while simultaneously furnishing a philosophy of wine – one founded on astonishment, and drawing on personal discovery rather than hierarchy and mastery. There is no other wine writing like this.

Poet, philosopher, author, radio presenter and journalist, Andrew lives in France; but buried deep in one wine country what does he miss most about the rest? The answer: ‘Drinking young port. It’s the wine drinker’s equivalent of zorbing, wing-walking, base-jumping … you won’t fully understand it unless you have tasted it young, in its “Ride of the Valkyries” stage, when it comes hurtling out of the glass and puts the screamers on you…’

Andrew Jefford is the ideal companion for anyone wine-curious. In this collection of his essays, opinions and articles he shares his fascinating observations from half a century of discovery. For Andrew, wine should be listened to and admired, wherever it comes from; old-school pretentions turned on their head; style-points disdained; stellar prices dismissed; questions asked…

• Which is wine’s greater friend: the villainous Mistral or the blue Mediterranean?
• Chablis shivers (undoubtedly) but does it really taste of stone?
• Merlot: take a single grape like this and you can make wines ‘as soft as a trembling jellyfish’ or as ‘resolute as a guardsman’: how can this happen?
• Do the factors affecting wine flavour influence anything else in our lives? Like tea, cheese, lentils or roses? Or violins?
• Has wine been around longer than man?
• The tragedy of wine’s transactional destiny: is expensive wine really the best?
• Making wine strange again: should true wine lovers find astonishment in every new
glass?
• A life’s work: wine is a representation of the world’s intricacy and beauty, but why
choose it for a career?
• Lessons from the laureate: winemakers and novelists – as harnessers of emotional
force, are they the same?

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