The history of the vine in South Africa can be traced back to 1655 when wines were produced solely to sustain sailors bound for the East Indies on the long ocean voyage. Today, South Africa is the 8th largest producer of wine in the world. The wines produced are almost unrivaled when you compare their outstanding quality with their surprising affordability. Join us for in-depth education and tasting so you can sniff out these prizes on your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Greeks were the first to cultivate wine grapes in Europe and can be credited with spreading these vines to the major wine regions that we know today. Wine played a crucial part in Greek antiquity and inspired the religion, art and even the great thinkers of the time. We will discuss the grand wine history of Greece, the major grapes of each region and their perfect pairings. This will be a great wine history lesson intermingled with a tasting of indigenous grapes that are not only extremely food-friendly but are also incredible values.
Discover how vast, versatile and uniquely delicious sherry can be. The history of Sherry, their stylistic differences and their perfect pairings will be discussed. You will get the rare chance to taste each style side by side and will leave this class with the ability to recommend and pair Sherries with confidence.
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.
Love beer but don't know a Lager from an Ale or an ESB from an IPA? You will after this class! We will be delving straight into the brew pot with an in depth look at the basic ingredients that make up some of the best beers in the world and how they affect the flavor. We will then taste a full range of beers leaving you ready to hit up your local beer spot with confidence.
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...
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.