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Grape Escape Classes

The Killer B's of Wine – Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello & Burgundy 

They represent the most collected pure-varietal red wines of Italy and France. These supreme reds, attract much attention, and are capable of aging for decades. They are among the most collectible wines of not just Italy and France but of the world! This session will feature wines that exemplify their respective regions and grape varieties so that you can become familiar with the key characteristics of each and apply what you learn in a final blind tasting. Eight wines will be tasted and enjoyed with a selection of regional cheeses, meats, and other light appetizers.

Pinot Noir: A Comprehensive Class on the ‘Heartbreak Grape’ 

The wines in this tasting are all made from the same grape variety – Pinot Noir. You will come to understand why, perhaps more than any other varietal, this thin-skinned, temperamental grape is able to capture and reflect the unique characteristics of its individual site. We will compare and contrast eight distinctive Pinot Noirs from around the globe and enjoy them with a variety of cheeses, meats, and other light appetizers. The session will conclude with a blind tasting of one Pinot Noir to see if you can identify the wine’s true origin. 


Finding Your Style Without Breaking the Bank!

Do you know what you like: refreshing, bright, whites; lively rosé's with ample fruit; or brawny, intense reds that command your attention? When shopping for wine the selection available can be overwhelming. The variables are endless when you consider the different grapes, countries and producers. In this session ‘M’ will take you on a global tasting tour of ten affordable and well-rated wines that will be "categorized" by their taste profile instead of grape variety. When it comes to finding your style, you will identify the wines you prefer and then use these as a starting point to learn more and broaden your horizons. There are no rules when it comes to finding what YOU enjoy; it's down to personal taste, know-how and above all, having fun! Grape varieties, production methods, serving, storage and the regions that produce these ten value-priced gems will be discussed. 

Bordeaux vs the World

In this session you will be introduced to the reds of Bordeaux.  We will explore its most noted appellations and the distinctive red wines it produces. You will learn about the key grapes that often make up a Bordeaux or Meritage: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  We will then compare and contrast four wines from Bordeaux with five outstanding wines of the same varietal mix from around the world.  This global assortment of five exceptional wines will be evaluated blind. The producer, price point, sub region or grape varieties will not be known. This will eliminate any personal prejudice. As we go through each wine you will learn how to taste and assess. You may be surprised by what your palate prefers! Nine wines will be tasted and enjoyed with a variety of cheeses, meats, and other light appetizers.

Wine 101: How to Taste, Grape to Glass, Food & Wine Pairing Basics 

Discover a diverse assortment of wines and how to decipher a wine label. Become skilled at the art of wine tasting by training your palate to identify acidity, tannin, sweetness and alcohol. With a systematic approach, you will also learn how to analyze wine on the basis of appearance, aroma, and taste. As you first begin to taste wine, you may not be able to identify the hundreds of aromas present in your glass. ‘M” will guide you on a tour of the senses with a one-of-a-kind, fun, and interactive sensorial circuit based on the themes of smell, sight, and taste! Experience and a little knowledge of technique will help you along on your appreciation of one of life’s greatest elixirs. 11 wines (1 sparkling, 4 white, 1 rose, 4 red, 1 fortified) will be tasted and a minimum of 16 aromatic aids will also be experienced.


Wine 102/103: Introduction to White & Red Grape Varieties & Growing Regions

Discover and taste a diverse assortment of red and white wines and how to correctly serve, store and decipher a wine label. We will focus on the following red and white grapes and their key growing regions: 
Red - Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux Blends, Grenache/Rhône Blends, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel. 11 wines will be tasted
White - Albarino, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Viognier. 7 wines will be tasted
See the Class Schedule page for April - June, 2018 dates, times and pricing.