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Bordeaux wines simplified

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Bordeaux simplified is a fun course broken down into 3x2 hour on-line connected sessions where you will delve into the production of various styles of wine produced in the biggest fine winemaking region in the world.  Students will taste two wines along with their tutor each week. Six Bordeaux wines will be tasted during the course.

Session 1
Focuses on white wine and the overall red wine production of the region.

Session 2
Delves into deeper details and focuses on left bank cabernet blends and finishes on a sweet note in Sauternes.

Session 3
The final session delves into right bank merlot blends and focused on the various classifications of the region and the business model with investment advice.

This online interactive short course was developed for the Sydney Wine Academy by Daniel Airoldi DipWSET, who is native to the Bordeaux region. Daniel has gained a reputation as a Bordeaux specialist in Australia over the past decade and has recently come back from working vintage there.

This course is suitable for members of the hospitality, retail wine industry and wine hobbyists who wish to gain an understanding of the wines of Bordeaux.

Satisfy your thirst for knowledge or offer this course to someone you know who will enjoy it.

What you will learn:

  • discuss Bordeaux wine styles and major sub regions.
  • review the history of Bordeaux wines and its classification systems
  • describe 6 key styles of Bordeaux wines using sensory evaluation techniques
  • describe the basic label information and terms found on Bordeaux wine labels
  • recommend wine and food matches to the wines tasted

Students are required to purchase their own wine, assistance will be given in purchasing the correct wine samples.

Wine samples for class

Students have the option to purchase their own wines to fully participate in class. Wine samples for class can be obtained in one convenient ‘Bordeaux Wine Simplified 6 pack” from Daniel Airoldi. Students can contact Daniel directly via email at airoldidaniel@gmail.com

The pack contains:
Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Medoc AOC, St- Emilion AOC, haut medoc AOC, Pauillac AOC and a 375ml Sauternes AOC.

The wines may change depending on what is available when the course is being held.

Alternatively you can purchase your own samples of these types of Bordeaux wines. Contact the Academy should you require more advice. You can purchase your wines before the course commences once you receive confirmation it is proceeding.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. Students are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). More information regarding the USI can be found in our FAQs.

Choose your date and location


Thursday, 16 May 2024


6.30pm - 8.30pm



Attendance dates

16, 23 & 30 May 2024


1 evening (Thursday) per week for 3 weeks