Directed by: Dobri Kiprov
John Champion, Tim Hanni
Released by: MVC Productions
Short: From tasting to pairing, this is an easy-to-understand
wine primer for those with limited-to-no previous knowledge.
to the Basics
Perfect Gift for the Wine Novice You Love
your friends and family not understand why you're fascinated by
wine instead of Schlitz? Does their understanding of oenology extend
only to "this one appears to be red; that one white?"
Then they need this easy DVD primer.
Fundamentals,” viewers are shown the basics of wine from
its ancient history to food
pairings. Consider it the video version of a Wine 101 course.
The information is imparted in easy-to-understand ways, avoiding
advanced (and often confusing) wine
terminology. This isn’t intended to turn you into a sommelier;
it simply provides interesting info to use when going to a tasting,
talking to your enthusiast spouse or ordering a bottle at a restaurant.
of the more fascinating DVD “chapters” include Master
of Wine Tim Hanni’s description of different types of tasters—those
who can and those who cannot detect bitter tastes—and how
they will respond to different wines. Common
varietals are thoroughly explained, as are the differences between
global wine regions—with an emphasis on France.
A section on the growing, manufacturing and aging of wine illuminates
the time and effort that goes into every bottle. If you should forget
anything, the DVD comes with a business-card-sized cheat sheet that
features a list of mild, medium and strong wines.
the DVD appears to have been edited using Microsoft PowerPoint and
the faux interactions between host John Champion and the experts
tend to be laughably bad (think Troy McClure in “The Simpsons”).
Fundamentals” does the job it’s intended to do commendably.
A novice will walk away armed with valuable knowledge for his next
visit to the wine store or to his snooty neighbor who makes fun
of him for not knowing the difference between Chardonnay
Either way, at least he’ll be able to say more than “this
one appears to be red.”