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Grape Escapes

 

Napa vs. Sonoma – A Showdown of Cabernet & Sauvignon Blanc

Napa and Sonoma have an incredible assortment of microclimates, soils, weather and topography that enables them to produce distinctive wines from the major white and red varieties, but this session will focus only on two: expressive Sauvignon Blanc and cellar-worthy Cabs! A comprehensive compare-and-contrast tasting will reveal what makes each area such a great place to make wine. You will also gain a better understanding of why the same grape variety, grown in each of the regions, will have similar characteristics yet achieve its own unique “personality” in the finished wine.
 
This will be an exceptional line-up of  ten wines (3 Sauvignon Blanc, 7 Cabernet Sauvignon) ranging in price from $35-100+ that will be enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers selected to enhance the tasting experience.
 
This class will be sure to challenge even the most seasoned of palates! 
 

A Wine 101 Intensive: Exploring the Key Red/White Grapes & Growing Regions

This session is ideal for individuals with little or no wine knowledge, those looking to get in to the industry or people wanting to refresh their understanding of all that goes on from grape to glass.
 
M will focus on the “Noble” varieties and their growing regions, along with select white and red grapes that are gaining recognition as “international varieties” and readily available on today’s shelves. You will come to understand how each is made, how to taste, evaluate, correctly serve, store and decipher a wine label. Understanding the complex characteristics of wine comes with time, and lots and lots of tasting. A global assortment of 27 wines will be tasted in this three hour tour of the senses!
 
Additionally You Get …
• Variety of light appetizers selected to enhance the tasting experience and introduce the concept of food and wine pairing 
• Bottled water
• Informative hand-outs
 

A Class Exploring Five Key Wine Regions of France

In this session you will sip and savor your way through five significant winegrowing areas of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley), their most noted appellations, and the distinctive white, red and sparkling wines they produce.
 
By the end of the class you’ll be able to match well-known appellations with the regions where they are located and their principal grapes and wine styles. This means that if you were to examine a bottle of table wine you would be able to identify:
 
• The region where it was produced
• The type(s) of grapes it contains
• How it’s likely to taste
 
The session will conclude with a blind tasting of one wine from a region or grape variety that was covered in class to see if you can apply what was learned and guess the grape(s) and region. 
 
14 wines will be enjoyed with French cheeses, charcuterie, and other regional accompaniments, selected to enhance the tasting experience and introduce the concept of food and wine pairing.
 
See the Class Schedule page for location, pricing, tickets, dates and times.