How is an online wine class different to the classroom? - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

The basics are the same in that there's still a teacher and course attendees, but rather than looking at each other across a table you'll be seeing each other on your computer screen. They'll still be the same opportunity to learn, chat and make friends but this will be at a virtual distance so it may take a bit of getting used to.

It happens live, so you'll need to switch on your computer and login at the specified start time. Then you'll see the faces of the others on the course and your online wine tutor. You'll then get started straight away with tasting wines and learning about them - all while keeping in contact through your computer's webcam and microphone, and also using the inbuilt course chat function which allows you to type in a question.

Online courses generally use what is known as video conferencing software to make them work - whether you view them through a browser like Chrome or use a downloaded app. As these are transmitting and receiving both video and sound then they need quite a bit of internet capability - basically the better your internet connection the clearer the video images and the more immediate the sound gets to you without a time lag.

You will need to purchase the wines to be covered at each class. These may be specific wines from a specific retailer or wines of a style or grape variety that can be found in many places and at various prices. A list of suggested wines will be provided along with places to purchase – both online and locally.

You’ll need to bring along a couple of wine glasses and it's handy to have alongside your computer some white paper for note taking and to aid visualisation. A corkscrew will be required to open wines that use a cork and a cloth to mop up any drips or spills.

Paula will be tutoring her next online Wine Appreciation course starting Tuesday May 11th 2021 at 7pm with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

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