Becoming a Champagne expert is now possible for you!
Do you get excited every time you hear the name Champagne? Chances are if you’re reading this, you may already have some knowledge and love for the uniqueness and beauty of the sparkling wine only from Champagne, France. What if I told you that you can further your learning and get the latest, most inclusive and complete course available right now? Enlightened wine lovers have an advantage as the complexity and true personality of Champagne wines and regions are enhanced by greater understanding.
The Champagne Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was introduced by the Comité de Champagne, the official representative for all the 360 houses and 16,100 growers in the region, this year as an interactive and fun approach that is accessible to all. The aim is to offer a true experience and enable learners to achieve in-depth knowledge and become a Champagne expert all from the comfort of their home.
Guided by Master of Wine Jérémy Cukierman, learners will be able to build their knowledge by following a fun course comprising four modules, making for a total of more than 40 short videos. Topics range from a complete understanding of the vines cycle and different varietal specificity, to vinification processes and ageing, understanding of the role of vins clairs, terroir and recent sustainable approaches as well as the rich history of the region.
I’ve had the chance to complete the course myself and was extremely impressed by the depth and variety of information and knowledge presented. It’s an incredible educational tool for any professional or wine lover, whether you’re a wine merchant, sommelier, student or any kind of enthusiast! It’s a great opportunity to improve your skills to put together a good selection in your wine cellar, to advise clients about food-wine pairings, to broaden your knowledge and have a comprehensive overview of the Champagne market as well as get all the fundamentals to taste and discover Champagne with a new, expertly instructed approach.
The four Champagne MOOC modules are:
Diversity & Tasting
Discover the sheer diversity of Champagne wines, and the secrets to serving and tasting them.
The Champagne-making process
Explore the vines and cellars and learn about the different stages of the Champagne wine-making process.
Gain an understanding of why the Champagne wine-growing region is the only one of its kind in the world, and learn about its characteristics.
History & Economy of Champagne
Gain a grasp of the mysteries of Champagne, from its origins to current trends.
Fun Fact: The Hillsides, Houses & Cellars of Champagne (Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne) are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. The chalk cellars are so expansive that when a survey was commissioned to prepare for the UNESCO application, the task could not be completed due to the extensive distance required to map the limestone tunnels.
Let’s play a little game, shall we? Can you answer these questions? These are just a few examples of what you can learn in the Champagne MOOC.
Approximately how many bubbles can be formed in a single glass of Champagne?
What is the Réseau MATU and what are its objectives?
Which Champagne sub-region stands on a plateau area 300m above sea level?
What innovative breakthrough happened in 1837?
What nickname did the French poet Henri d’Andeli gave to Champagne in the 13th century?
What was the AOC concept introduced in 1935?
On which varietal is the Vallée de la Marne pruning method allowed?
Register today on www.champagne-mooc.com to learn the answers.
The Champagne Bureau in North America is holding a sweepstakes for Canadian residents from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
THE PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive…
A $200 gift card for you to purchase bottles of exquisite Champagne.
Free access to the premium version of the Champagne Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the first-of-its-kind Champagne-only course created by the Comité Champagne.
To enter, you must:
Register and complete the “classic version” of the Champagne MOOC by March 31, 2020.
Send a screenshot of your completed MOOC classic version dashboard to [email protected] as proof.
Have worked at a bar, restaurant or retail store in the past year and provide the name of the company in your email.
Be a resident of Canada.
Canadian residents are eligible to enter the sweepstakes from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Names will be raffled on or after April 5, 2021.
The Champagne Bureau will contact the winner by April 9, 2021.
The Champagne Bureau will send a gift card to the winner between April 12-16, 2021.
For more info, click here!