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TTC Video Everyday Guides to Wines of France and California

TTC Video Everyday Guides to Wines of France and California (12 x H.264 m4v/mp4)
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This is the H.264 rip. The file extension is actually .m4v, but can be changed to .mp4 if your player does not recognize the .m4v file extension. The only difference: players which DO recognize the .m4v file extension will recognize the chapter markers if the .m4v extension is retained. These are two different nicely-produced mini-courses from TTC (The Great Courses, formerly known as The Teaching Company) which are closely related and taught by the same instructor. Each one has 6 lectures, a little over 30 minutes long, so this torrent includes a bit more than 6 hours of video.

1. The Everyday Guide to Wines of California
In 1976, a single event rocked the wine world. In the famed Judgment of Paris Tasting, top French wine experts chose two unknown wines over the best that France - long considered the epitome of great winemaking - had to offer. The source of those remarkable wines? California.
Since then, California has become one of the most exciting and important wine-growing regions in the world; home to reds, whites, and sparkling wines that are on par with some of the most iconic wines from older wine regions, including Italy and France. Consider that:
if California were considered a nation, it would be the fourth-largest wine-producing nation in the world;
unlike winemakers in more traditional European wine regions, those in California are free to experiment with new grape blends and wine-making technologies;
wine is grown in more than 80% of California counties; together, they make more than 600 million gallons of wine (about 250 million cases) per year.

More than 21 million people visit California wine country every year to sample wines that are unlike those found anywhere else in the world. And now you can get a well-rounded experience of California's great wines - without having to leave your home! In the six lectures of The Everyday Guide to Wines of California, you'll join acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan on an engaging and interactive tour of the unique flavors California has to offer. By surveying both perennial top-sellers and experimental underdogs, you'll discover why California is one of the world's greatest wine producers. Filled with interactive tastings, suggestions for food pairings, shopping tips, and more, you'll learn how to enjoy all of California's offerings (whether you're a novice to the world of wine or a seasoned connoisseur) - one delicious glass at a time.

Explore California's Great Wine Regions
Throughout The Everyday Guide to Wines of California, you'll survey some of California's best wine-producing regions, each of which puts its own unique stamp on wine. You'll learn that the diversity of the California landscape is more than capable of giving birth to wines of astounding and award-winning quality.
Napa Valley: The most iconic wine region in the United States, Napa Valley is located between the Vaca and Mayacamas mountain ranges, which prevents cool ocean breezes and wet weather from sweeping through the area. The result is air that stays warm and causes grapes to be riper and richer.
Sonoma: Sonoma has wines rivaling those in the more famous Napa Valley (actually outproducing that region).
Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara's two mountain ranges, which run west to east, pull in cool air from the Pacific Ocean, making it a perfect environment for Pinot Noirs.

Taste Great Wines alongside a Master of Wine
Central to The Everyday Guide to Wines of California are the wines themselves, some of which are the most popular in the world and most of which are easy to find in your nearest wine shop. You'll be able to sample right alongside Ms. Simonetti-Bryan as she introduces (or reintroduces) you to the pleasures and intricate details of wines. She will give you insights that will change the way you think about sipping wine, shopping for it, serving it, giving it as a gift, making it a part of your meals, and more. Her mastery of the subject makes The Everyday Guide to Wines of California an authoritative introduction, one enhanced by visits to California wineries, interactive tastings, tips on food pairings, and green screen technology that transports Ms. Simonetti-Bryan (and you) to the regions being explored. Completing this course is a wholly unique way to elevate the quality of every sip you take of California's finest wines.

1 California's Superstar Status
2 Noble Whites - Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
3 Rising Stars - Fragrant Whites and Organic Wines
4 Elegance in a Glass - Sparklers and Pinot Noir
5 Big, Bold Reds - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
6 California's Secret Red Gems

2. The Everyday Guide to Wines of France
France's outstanding reputation for fine wines - whether red, white, or sparkling - doesn't come out of thin air. Rather, it stems from hundreds of years of tradition that have created the gold standard by which all other wines around the world are measured.
The colors, aromas, and tastes of French wines span the spectrum and in many ways have gone on to shape and influence everything we appreciate about fine wine. It is in France where some of the world's most common grape varieties - such as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon - were first grown and harvested. Whether you're a connoisseur of great wine or simply looking for the best bottle to give as a gift or to pair with dinner, to learn about the wines of France is to understand the origins of wine culture and to expose yourself to a range of tastes and traditions unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Grab a glass and join acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan on a fascinating six-lecture tour of the best wines that France has to offer with The Everyday Guide to Wines of France. What makes French wines stand out from their international counterparts? How does the varied landscape of France shape and influence what's in your wine glass? Why do French wines command such respect from culinary experts and casual drinkers? These intriguing questions and more are answered in a journey packed with interactive wine tastings, food and wine pairing demonstrations, practical tips and suggestions for shopping and gift giving, and more.

Visit French Wine Regions - Right from Home
The Everyday Guide to Wines of France takes you all across the country on a vibrant search for the best of the best when it comes to French wines. From the comfort of your own home and with the help of green screen technology that transports Ms. Simonetti-Bryan around the country, you'll travel to some of France's most important wine regions and investigate their unique wine-making traditions.

The Loire Valley: Called the a??Garden of France,a?? this valley has a climate considered the most pleasant in northern France, which makes it a popular destination for vacationers and wine enthusiasts.
Burgundy: The region of Burgundy is home to only two major grape varieties - Chardonnay (for white grapes) and Pinot Noir (for red grapes). Burgundy is also known for making some of the best white wines in the world.
Bordeaux: Bordeaux is home to some of the boldest and richest wines in France. Rooted in formal traditions and history, the wines from this region last for many decades and generally command the highest prices at wine auctions.

Sample the Best Wines France Has to Offer
Throughout each lecture, you'll have the opportunity to taste alongside Ms. Simonetti-Bryan as she samples great French wines and draws your attention to curious subtleties and differences your palate may not have noticed before. While French wines can be expensive, many of the wines featured in this course are affordable and can easily be found in your nearest wine shop or supermarket.

The Everyday Guide to Wines of France is an engaging chance to unravel the mysteries of some of the world's greatest wines in the company of a master educator who has trained hundreds of professionals in the wine industry and has been featured on a variety of popular media programs. Most of all, it's an amazing wine-tasting journey that will leave you with a greater appreciation for French wine - in all of its captivating varieties.

1 French Wines - Quality and Tradition
2 Alsace and Loire - Delicate, Racy, and Luscious
3 Burgundy - Wines of Sophistication and Elegance
4 Bordeaux - Bold and Rich Wines
5 Rhone Valley - Aromatic Whites and Spicy Reds
6 Southern France - Rising Stars and Secret Gems

About the Professor
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is among a small number of people to have received the highest credentials in the wine and spirits industry. She is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine (M.W.) title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London, England - the highest and most difficult title to achieve in the industry. She also has a Professional Certificate in Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators.

Ms. Simonetti-Bryan has taught courses for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, has trained thousands of professionals in the wine and spirits industry, and has judged international spirits and wine competitions, including the Ultimate Beverage Challenge in 2010 and 2011. She has also hosted seminars with Food Network stars such as Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Mario Batali. In 2008, she won the Wiesbaden Tasting Trophy from The Institute of Masters of Wine.

Ms. Simonetti-Bryan is a frequent guest on television programs, including Fox Business, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV. Additionally, she has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and Wine & Spirits Magazine.

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