Smell, Taste, and Identify Wine Aroma with Confidence

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The PATH Program - Level ONE

For Curious Tasters | Build a robust and science-based foundation. Learn how to memorize and identify wine aromas.

This unique program is for serious wine lovers.

  • Are you passionate about learning more about wine?
  • Are you already spending time online searching for tips?
  • Are you reading the book classics, or attending wine events? 

So you know these don't help you be more at ease to describe wine aromas.

The PATH program will take you from feeling confused and out of words to feeling confident and articulate when describing wine aroma.

The PATH program teaches you the fundamentals of wine tasting,
gives you a step-by-step process to learn wine aroma at home, and
prepares you to deepen your practice when you join the PATH program - Level Two.

The PATH program is designed for you, if you're a wine lover...

Often wondering if you're drinking a different wine than the one described on the back label

Working hard to pass with distinction your next blind tasting exam.

Working in the wine industry and wanting to develop new skills to grow professionally.

You are in the right place!

Let me tell you exactly how the PATH program - Level One will help you trust your senses more and become super confident when tasting wine. 

The PATH program - Level One delivers the essential knowledge, tools, and professional coaching that will boost your self-assurance to pursue your training to the next level.

It's the first step on the path to wine aroma description proficiency.

By the end of this program, you'll have...

  • Become a pro at differentiating the 3 key sensory perceptions to focus your attention on wine aroma description.
  •  Realized there are no wrong or correct answers to sensory detection.
  • Understood how learning by association and describing by categorization makes the identification task so much easier.


  • Adopted consistent tasting practices to minimize biases that trick your senses and become more objective in your tasting notes.
  • Put in practice the PATH framework with 6 typical wine aromas, and you'll be ready to tackle Level Two of the program.

"Isabelle packaged her extensive experience into this program to help you learn how to listen to your nose. the PATH is an excellent introduction to wine tasting. It complements the Wine Aroma Wheel I created to change the wine language from vague and non-descriptive to specific and meaningful. Highly recommended."

Dr. Ann C. Noble
Professor Emeritus - University of California at Davis

 "Isabelle is extremely knowledgeable, patient, pragmatic, and helpful. Thank you for the course content and for putting me on a solid path as I continue my journey to enhance my wine tasting skills.

Steve Snow
Wine enthusiast and Founding Member of this course

I created this training program based on solid sensory science principles and years of practical experience. Hundreds of people went through this proven system to become discerning and confident tasters.

Isabelle Lesschaeve, PhD
Your course instructor and wine tasting coach

 "I took the WSET Level 1 and Level 2 courses in which I learned the wine lexicon and discovered 40 aromas. However, I was not taught about the potential aroma sources or how to practice aroma identification at home. I now feel more confident to train myself and to describe wine aroma."  

Dariusz Dudziak
Wine sales consultant, UK

 ""Isabelle has put together a different wine appreciation course focused on the aroma of wine, and she even shows you how to make the aroma at home. This course is very relevant for the wine enthusiast. 

Rob Hodge
Wine Enthusiast, Australia

 "This course takes the wine tasting experience to specific ways of learning I have never had before. It's a foundation class that will help me take this skill, keep practicing, and get better and better. I need to continue to practice like with a musical instrument.

Tasha Standridge
Winemaking Intern, US

What's Inside the PATH Program Level One?

Module 1

Principles of Aroma Perception

Tasting wine is confusing; a lot is happening.
By the end of this module, you'll stop wondering what are all these sensations on your palate when you taste wine!

  • Build a solid foundation to understand what's happening when you taste wine.
  • Discover why describing wine aroma is so challenging.
  • Understand why you're never wrong when sharing what you smell or taste.
module 2

Aroma education

You didn't learn to identify aromas at school. Your teachers made sure you recognized shapes, colors, and objects correctly. No one taught you how to identify your food by smell only, without any visual cues.

  • Realize why you should trust your senses .
  • Learn the obstacles to speak a common aroma language and why the context matters.
  • Discover how the Wine Aroma Wheel classification system helps put words onto what you smell.
module 3

Tasting best practices

Forget what you learned in wine appreciation classes. In fact, you learned there what each wine style should taste and not how to use your senses to taste wine.

  • Implement the framework and practical steps to your tasting process.
  • Identify possible biases and ways to counter them.
  • Understand the basics of learning wine aroma at home and testing your identification skills.
module 4

Home practice implementation

At this stage of the program, you'll be ready to start your wine aroma training at home.

  • Learn about the nature and origin of six familiar wine aromas.
  • Discover the value of preparing and learning with homemade aroma standards.
  • Practice by describing two white wines.
  • Experience first hand the training process taught in the PATH program - Level Two.

By the end of the program - Level One,
you'll be ready to start the PATH program - Level Two.

Still thinking about it?

If you're still wondering if this program is worth your time and investment, let me add this. Poor tasting skills limit your ability to expand your wine knowledge, whether it's a passion or a profession of yours.

Do you want to continue to rely on the guy behind the tasting bar to tell you what you're supposed to taste and smell? 

After 20+ years of experience in the wine industry, I can tell you that knowing how to taste wine is essential for becoming a successful certified wine professional or sommelier.

It's also a critical skill if you want to build your own cellar and buy wines you will enjoy now or in 5 years.

Learn at your OWN pace.
You decide how fast or slow you want to go through the materials. However, I advise going through the materials following the Modules' order. Don't skip a lesson to go faster. It won't help you achieve your goal.

Ongoing support 
I will be there for you. You can contact me and ask questions using the lessons "Discussion space" inside the course. I review your assignments once a week and give personal feedback and suggestions.  

Former students with busy professional schedules and weekly family commitments carried out each module requirement and completed the program within four weeks. I have no doubt that you can too.

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I cannot wait to guide and coach you over these 4 modules.

Wine, sensory science, and education are my 3 passions. I develop each lesson with these 3 ingredients to help you enhance your tasting skills one module at a time.  

It's so rewarding for me to see the impact this first program has on students' abilities.  Like them, I assure you that you'll go from hesitant and may be shy to speak up in a tasting into a confident and empathic wine taster.

It doesn't happen overnight, and will require some work. But you'll be free you from the fear of being wrong, once you complete the whole program.  

You'll discover aspects of your senses and abilities to use them that you didn't realize before.  

Should you choose to accept this invitation, I promise you that you will experience a profound transformation in your tasting practices. It will start changing your appreciation of wine.  

 I look forward to meeting you personally inside the PATH program.