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When it comes to understanding old world vs new world wines, it helps to brush up on your history.

Old world wines come from the old imperial powers – countries that have been making wine for thousands of years and have created laws that govern the process. New world wines come largely from the countries that were once the colonies of those empires. Without the limitations of laws and ancient traditions, new world winemakers are free to experiment with their processes.

In this online lesson, sommelier Kristene King Thrall explains new world vs old world wine and why it’s important to understand the difference.

What you'll learn in the Old world vs new world wines lesson

  • The differences between old world and new world wines
  • The countries producing wine in these different regions
  • The differences in production methods and final products between the two regions
  • How to tell an old world wine from a new world wine

Who the Wine knowledge essentials course is for

Servers and bartenders, it’s time to release your inner somm! Sharpen up your service skills and up your wine game with help from the world’s best.


Kristene King Thrall

Kristene King Thrall is a sommelier and Director of Training at Louie’s Wine Dive in Kansas City. As a wine educator, she is passionate about introducing diners to new and exciting brands.

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