How to describe wine
Lesson plan overview
This intermediate lesson is ideal for wine lovers and people who work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels, shops) and need to describe and give advice to customers about wine. Students will learn useful vocabulary and phrases about the winemaking process, to talk about wine pairings and to describe wine and wine notes. Good lessons to combine this lesson with are “The surging sales of non-alcoholic drinks” and “Superfoods”
The lesson starts with a few discussion questions about wine.
Functional language: students learn phrases to talk about wine pairings (e.g. pairs well with, gets along with,, plays well with). To practise, they are given different types of wine and different dishes and they are asked to talk about wine pairings. Here you can show this wine pairing chart to help students.
Next, students read about the winemaking process and complete with the correct stages.
Video: Students watch a video: How to Describe Wine | Wine Terminology and Tasting Notes to Pick a Wine You WILL Enjoy and take notes about basic terms used to describe wine (smooth, bold, tannic etc.). They look at different types of notes. After that they watch the second part of the video and answer 3 questions.
Speaking: students choose their favourite types of wine and describe it, using vocabulary from this lesson.
The conversation cards provide additional speaking practice and an opportunity to revise the target vocabulary from this lesson.
Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s interactive PDF
Conversation cards PDF
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Conversation cards PDF
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