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Introduction to Wine

This four class series (can be taken separately) 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.
 
You will learn about the three categories of wine: still, sparkling and fortified. We will focus on the “Noble” varieties and their growing regions, along with select 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 and evaluate. 
 
As you first begin to taste wine, you may not be able to identify the hundreds of scents present in your glass. Wine can elicit an extensive range of aromas, depending on the specific grape variety, where it was grown, and how it was processed and matured. They can vary from the hints of mocha and cigar-box in mature Bordeaux to the alluring spice and black berry notes of Aussie Shiraz to aromas of honey and kerosene in aged Riesling. Understanding the complex characteristics of wine comes with time, and lots and lots of tasting. 50 wines will be tasted in this four class tour of the senses! See the "Class Schedule" page for location, pricing, date and time.
 

Wine 101

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

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 learn how to analyze wine on the basis of appearance, aroma, and taste. Experience and a little knowledge of technique will help you along on your appreciation of one of life’s greatest elixirs. The process of getting the grape to glass (Viticulture and Vinification) will also be discussed. 11 wines will be tasted (Sparkling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Off-Dry Riesling)
 

Wine 102

Explore 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, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel (7 wines)
White -Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontés, (7 wines)
 

Wine 103

Explore 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 - Grenache/Rhône Blends, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo, (7 wines)
White - Albarino, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Viognier/Rhône blends (7 wines)
 

Wine 104

A Bounty of Bubblies with a Class Finale of Fortified Dessert Wines

A world of brilliant sparklers awaits where you will discover that not everything with bubbles is Champagne. We will begin the session in Europe with a Prosecco from Italy followed by a side by side tasting of Champagne and Crémant from France. Spain is next with their version of sparkling wine called Cava.  We will then make our way to the Americas to match up sparklers from the U.S, South America and South Africa.  A sparkling Shiraz from down under – Australia – will finish off the bubbles portion of the class before we move on to the fortified wines from Portugal and Spain.  Grape varieties, growing regions, production methods, serving and storage will be discussed.  
11 wines will be tasted
 
See the Class Schedule page for location, pricing, tickets, dates and times. 
M will be conducting a condensed version Saturday, May 20, 2017 (Wine 101, 102, 103). See Escapes for description.