From the foothills of the Alps to the Mediterranean sea, Italy features some of the most widely diverse grape growing regions in the world. It is the world's 2nd largest producer of wine and sports over 375 indigenous grapes. Come discover the classic regions of Italy while also enjoying some hidden treasures. History, climate and cuisine will also be discussed.
Ever wonder what the difference is between a grape grown in France verses grapes grown in the U.S., South Africa, Chile or Australia? Now is your chance to taste some classic wines against their newer counterparts. This is a time to celebrate France, as it spent centuries cultivating the perfect wine grapes, and see how these grapes shine in the new world. This is fun experiment that gives us a glimpse into the wonderfully complex and magical world of grape growing while expanding our wine knowledge and vocabulary.
Great things happen below the equator! From Argentina to South Africa, from Australia to Uruguay these wines are often under appreciated gems of any wine list: cheaper and even sometimes more exciting than their Continental counterparts. Come discover some of the best valued wines in the world.
Drink, explore and get a primer in the basics: how to taste, how to serve and how to begin to identify the kinds of wines you like best. Purpose of this course is to get you comfortable with all things wine so you are no longer intimidated walking into a wine shop or perusing a restaurant wine list.
Find out why some of the best wines in the world are blends...by making one yourself! Explore hands-on the art and science of wine blending and become an expert at identifying the flavors of specific grapes. We'll taste some of the most widely loved grapes in the world and learn how and why winemakers choose to blend them. Experiment, learn and make your very own blend.