SommDay Intro to Deductive Tasting Online Course

ONLINE SKU: SommDay School Online Service-1


If you are new to wine, and find it interesting, but are petrified at the prospect of having to describe or identify a wine in front of your peers—you’re not alone. If you’ve seen others do it with confidence, but somehow you struggle and are left wondering, How will I ever become a better taster, everyone else seems to be better at it than me,’—we hear you.

Our ONLINE SommDay School™ Introduction to Deductive Tasting course is designed and presented by Master Sommelier, Tim Gaiser.  In this course, we’ll introduce the Deductive Tasting Method, which is widely used by many sommeliers and other wine professionals. To learn the method, we’ll work with the Deductive Tasting Grid to help assess the appearance, nose, and palate of a wine. The grid will also help to format the best possible conclusion for a wine in the context of a blind tasting.


This course provides ultimate access and flexibility with six (6) months of access.

Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier, will teach you the proper tasting techniques and more through short video demonstrations (see sample below), online and hands-on exercises, and quizzes.

In this introductory-level course, we will review the deductive tasting method and take a look at the more important white and red grape varieties with key markers and structural components for identification purposes. Review the following table for a snapshot of the lessons and associated learning objectives you will achieve throughout this course.

Here is a sample of some of the content that resides in the course.

Course breakdown:

Getting Started

  • Meet the Instructor

Tasting Overview

  • 1.1 | Tasting Basics
  • 1.2 | Glassware Stance and Smelling Techniques
  • Lesson 1 Review and Quiz

Deductive Tasting Grid

  • 2.1 | Sight
  • 2.2 | Nose
  • 2.3 | Palate
  • 2.4 | Conclusions
  • 2.5 | Deductive Tasting Grid
  • Lesson 2 Review & Quiz


  • 3.1 | Markers for Classic White Grape Varieties
  • 3.2 | Markers for Classic Red Grape Varieties
  • Lesson 3 Review & Quiz

Course Review and Final Assessment

  • Final Assessment

Additional information

Course Format

Online Course


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