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.
Learn about the labor-intensive winemaking behind Champagne, how Prosecco is produced and why, when it comes to bubbles, size matters. We will taste each style of sparkling wine side by side to appreciate regional differences and pick our favorites.
Notes of wet stones, cassis, and fresh cut grass? Tannic and flabby? What are we talking about when we talk about the taste, smell and experience of wine? You will be participating in a series of experiments geared towards fine-tuning your palate. You’ll leave the class with a more nuanced and sophisticated palate. At the end of class, you will test your newly found skills with a small wine tasting.
Celebrate every shade of pink. We will explore a vast array of Rosé styles from super crisp and bubbly to dark supple wines that can even stand up to rich meaty dishes. You'll learn that there is a Rosé for every occasion...
Learn how to assess wines, test your tasting skills and find some new favorites in the process. This class is designed with the novice in mind and is meant to be fun, educational and eye-opening. No tests are administered, promise.
The perfect class to learn about the perfect wine pairing: cheese! We’ll learn the basics of wine tasting while also studying (and sampling!) some of the best and most interesting cheeses produced today. To tie it all together each cheese will be accompanied by a perfectly paired wine to get you inspired.
Celebrate the warm weather with some of the most unique and best valued white wines we have found this year. These crowd-pleasers might not be easy to pronounce but you'll leave this class with the confidence and wherewithal to seek out these treasures for yourself.