WINE Education

 

Gewurztraminer from around the world

This ageable, spicy, white grape is grown in many countries; the best examples from France, Germany to USA; the grape aromas are varied from lychees, orange, citrus and many others; we will explore the various styles from each country; Each class will end with a taste of these wines 

Offered Fall

Cost:$75

Wines from Lodi, California 

Lodi AVA is located 35 miles south of Sacramento and grows about 20% of the States’ wines. Affordable white and red wines are produced. We will discuss the history and grapes of up-and-coming wine areas. Each class with end with a taste of wines .

Offered Fall

Cost:$75

Wines from michigan

Michigan has two grape growing regions which are located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan; while initial focus was growing French American hybrids, they now concentrate on cool climate vinifera grapes such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Cab Franc and Pinot Noir We will discuss the various styles from these regions, food and wine pairings; Each class with conclude with a tasting of these wines.

Offered Fall

Cost:$75

international malbec

The Malbec grape is best known in Argentina but is also grown in other parts of the world. We will discuss the history of the origin of this varietal, styles and characteristics, growing regions, food pairings.  Class will end with a taste of some of the noted wines from Argentina and other regions.

Offered Fall

Cost:$75

Wines from Hungary

When many think of Hungarian wines, they think of Tokaj, the well-regarded sweet wine; But Hungary produces some outstanding sparkling, red and white still wines from both international and native grape varieties such as the red Kekfrankos. We will discuss each wine and varietal Each class will conclude each class with a tasting and discussion of each wine.

Offered Summer

Cost: $ 75

Pinot Gris from Around the World

Pinot Gris is a white wine in the Pinot family. Many feel it is an alternative to Chardonnay. Pinot Gris is made in many parts of the world from Alsace in France, New Zealand, Germany, USA regions.  Depending on where it is made, the styles are different. We will discuss this grapple and its various styles. Each class will conclude each class with a tasting and discussion of each wine 

Offered Summer

Cost: $ 75

Lesser-Known Grapes and Regions

There are over 25,000 grape varieties in the world. Many are unknown to us but there are interesting varietals and lesser-known regions from which they are grown. We will discuss each wine, region, and similarities to varieties you are more familiar. Each class will conclude each class with a tasting and discussion of each wine. 

Offered Summer

Cost: $ 75

Wine Spectator Top 100 Values

Each year the Wine Spectator produces its top 100 wines from their blind tastings that have occurred during 2019 in additional to the top valued wines, most of which cost $20 or less per bottle; We will provide the full list of wines and discuss these values; Each class will conclude each class with a tasting and discussion of each wine.   

Offered Summer

Cost: $ 75

Bordeaux Lesser-Known Estates

Bordeaux wines are one of the most coveted and sought after wines; There are over 10,000 chateaus some wines can be very expensive but there are values as well. Many of the these lesser known estates offer excellent value. Most whites and reds are blended. We will discuss the various sub regions, characteristics, food pairings of each varietal. Each class will end with a taste of these wines 

Offered Spring

Loire Valley

Loire Valley are better known for their white wines, Sancerre, Vouvray, etc but also make excellent red wines from Cabernet Franc from appellations of Chinon, Saumur Champigny. These wines, which include some made in a dry rose style, are easy to drink and pair well with food.  We will discuss the region and variety and how it differs from other regions in the world. We conclude each class with a tasting and discussion of some of the wines. 

Offered Spring

Blended red and white wines

When you think of blended wines, many feel they are mostly red styles but there are many wineries in all parts of the world that use blended white varieties. The styles vary from light and crisp to a larger mouth feel. We will discuss the varieties, styles, countries such as France, US, Argentina, and others.  Each class will conclude with a taste of some of better examples. 

Offered Spring

Bourbon

Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey primarily from Kentucky. It,  is a barrel aged, distilled liquor made primary from corn. The name is derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although is derivation is uncertain. We will discuss the various styles and aromas. There is a similarity in tasting wines and spirits.  Sometimes we need a break from tasting wines Class will end with a taste of some of the noted whiskeys. 

Offered Spring

 

 

 

 


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