with Elizabeth Schneider
Podcast | Live Virtual Classes | Book
Wine For Normal People has a podcast, a book, and online classes that focus on real wine education (yes, all the stuff you’ll get in big, serious wine books) for normal wine people who want to learn about wine in a supportive environment, where questions are welcomed, humor is appreciated, and community is king. Why shouldn’t wine be fun? It’s a hobby after all, not brain surgery. Sure there are concepts you have to learn to speak the lingo, but it doesn’t have to be complicated and confusing. It can be a LOT simpler and less stressful if we use more casual and clearer communication. And wine doesn’t have to ruin your confidence or hit your wallet hard (FACT: the more you know about wine, usually the less you spend and the better stuff you get!).
If you’re going to drink wine anyway, you may as well enjoy the ride. So, since 2011 we have tried to make wine fun: our critically-acclaimed podcast has translated wine into relatable terms for listeners.
After working in the wine industry and being a wine lover who couldn’t get clear, understandable wine info, I was fed up! There had to be some way to make wine fun, accessible, and relatable without the BS and snobbery. I decided to fill the void. In 2011, I started the podcast. Today it has 8 million+ all time downloads.
At the request of the listeners, who wanted me to bring the podcast to life, make the concepts really gel, and to build the Wine For Normal People community of awesome wine lovers, I started to teach live, online wine education classes in 2014. I’ve taught thousands of students since then.
I wanted to capture the basics of the podcast so you, as a listener, could refer to it whenever you needed to, so I wrote a book. The Wine for Normal People book came out in November 2019 to great critical reviews and acclaim.
My wife and I have enjoyed wine for many years, and while we are not experts, we are not novices either. We have found the classes extremely informative and quite fun.
Elizabeth interacts quite a bit with her participants and answers all their questions. Participants vary widely in their wine knowledge, so the classes are helpful for those brand new to drinking wine, to those that are very knowledgeable.
I am a NORMAL person and I love taking Elizabeth’s wine classes. They are chock full of Wine knowledge and full of value!
She provides a ton of details and information on the grape, region, territory, winemakers, etc…WAY more than any other wine tasting I have ever been to!
I have learned so much about Burgundy from your podcasts. Interesting how someone from Singapore can benefit from such a clear perspective of French wine (and indeed any type of wine) from the type of easy-to-understand, no-BS explanations that you provide.
Elizabeth is my wine guru. Since I began listening to her podcasts I’ve become a huge fan and learned so much about wine. Her style is down-to-earth and honest—you know what she thinks but she gives you room to reach your own opinion. The goal is for us to learn enough to understand what we like and why. And I’ve learned a ton about the wine industry. Elizabeth’s classes are both fun and packed with information. I wish I could take them all. And her book is entertaining as well as incredibly informative. Elizabeth overdelivers to her subscribers on Patreon, posting weekly tips, holding informal hangouts and creating a vibrant community of fellow wine lovers.
I love the WFNP classes so much! From your own home you are able to share and compare bottles of wine you may never have even thought to try and learn about the history and wine-making that make them so intriguing.
And the best part is that you'll have time to see how the wines change and pair with different foods as you finish them. I can honestly say that I'm drinking wines I enjoy much more since taking the classes and each class has been a unique and fun experience.
As a lover of wine and deep-dive learning, the Wine For Normal People online classes are amazing! I love that you pick out your own wines within your own price point and can participate in the comfort of your own home.
Elizabeth makes the classes fun, informational, and answers everyone’s questions with expertise and humor.
I would recommend these courses for anyone that views wine to be the adventure it is. Even those that treat wine like Coca Cola, consistency without adventure, will learn something that should increase their ability to pick a new favorite or pairing for a meal.
Taking classes with Elizabeth this last year has been a blast. Learning about wine is a hobby my husband and I can do together. The classes are very professionally done, yet in a friendly, conversational style. I always want to have the next one teed up on the calendar!
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