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Weekly Live Virtual Wine Class Series; Thursdays at 7pm EST

Sept 24: Gems from the Iberian Peninsula... Portugal & Spain

October 1: Bordeaux's Best: Left Bank vs Right Bank

October 8: Alsace... Get to Know your New Favorite Wines!

Wine Classes

Virtual Wine Classes

I am excited to bring my years of Seasonal Wine Education Class series’ to you… virtually. With the growing importance and need for online and virtual education, I look forward to providing you with wine education in the comfort of your home.

For the wine enthusiast looking to enhance their enjoyment and knowledge in a more concise program, this concept is for you! Every month, I will offer a new themed live virtual wine class every week on Thursday at 7pm. Learn and enjoy each theme and tasting in an interactive environment. My virtual tastings will be viewed on Zoom. The themes will focus on a trend, a specific region, grape varietal or style of wines.

Useful reference notes and maps will be provided for you to follow along in these one-hour sessions designed to take your wine appreciation and knowledge to a new level. For each class, you will receive a list of varietals, regions and price points to focus your wine selections on. To further enhance your experience, we provide the following for each wine class: food pairing suggestions, two featured recipes that are paired with specific wines for each class and a curated cheese plate.

         

Monthly Virtual Wine Class Schedule

September Virtual Class Themes and Schedule

Thursday, September 24 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Gems from the Iberian Peninsula… Portugal and Spain

These two amazing countries share a border and more importantly, a passion for making wines that are distinctive and memorable at all price points! No other country in the last 15 years has elevated their quality and diversity of table wine than Portugal, both white and red. As more and more attention is paid to grape growing techniques and yields, quality has elevated resulting in wines that often taste like twice the price. For Spain, we will focus on the growing trend in white wine from Rioja, and the wonderfully expressive reds from Priorat, known for their world-class Grenache. We will explore regions and indigenous varietals from Portugal and Spain that are not as known and are making the biggest impact. I promise these wines will become part of your regular list of wines to drink more often.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the September 24 virtual class

Cost for class– $30 – Register Now

October Virtual Class Themes and Schedule

Bordeaux’s Best: Left Bank vs. Right Bank

Thursday, October 1 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

France is home to some of the world’s most prestigious wine regions, none more than the renown region, Bordeaux. Situated in southwestern part of the country bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux is synonymous with complex, rich, ageworthy and terroir driven wines led by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux’s premier regions are the Left Bank and Right Bank, it is in these two areas that the finest wines are made. While Bordeaux does produce vibrant white wines blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, it is the red blends made from the “Bordeaux varietals” that capture the wine world’s palate and cellar space. In this class, we will explore the unique differences in soil, climate and grape varietals and how this results in the different styles of wine from these two regions. You will experience firsthand where your taste preference lies and gain confidence in how to buy with more confidence.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the October 1 virtual class

Cost for class– $30 – Register Now

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Alsace… Get to Know your New Favorite Wines!

Alsace is France’s most unique and rare wine region. A cool growing region bordering Germany to the East, its wines possess a beautiful textural and glyceral mouthfeel, while having great acidity. Mostly known for white wines made from Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, Alsace has begun to emerge with Pinot Noir as a beautiful compliment to the Pinots produced in its neighboring region of Burgundy. Varietal expression takes center stage in Alsace, and the influence of Germany is unmistakable; their wines are drier, and fuller in body making them ideal for early Fall enjoyment. In this class, you will learn how the soil composition is as diverse as any in the Old World and how to discern the difference in quality levels. While the wines are sometimes overlooked, the quality level of the wines are never a debate.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the October 8 virtual class

Cost for class– $30 – Register Now

Thursday, October 15 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Masterclass: Finger Lakes’ Ravines Wine Cellars with Founders Morten & Lisa Hallgren

In this Masterclass, we will be introduced to one of the Finger Lakes finest producers, Ravines Wine Cellars, and co-founder Lisa Hallgren. We will hear her wonderful story, delve into the great history of the Finger Lakes, and explore the unique aspects of terroir that make the Finger Lakes such a special region for grape growing and world-class wines. Considered to be one of the world’s top regions for Riesling, we will have the opportunity to taste Ravines’ wines selected special for this Masterclass. You will come away with a great appreciation for the Finger Lakes and the memorable wines from this great family owned producer.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the October 15 virtual class

Cost for class– $40 – Register Now

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Exploring Natural, Organic and Biodynamic!

While trends come and go in every industry, the awareness and the movement of organic and biodynamic wines is unmistakable. Their impact on grape growers, winemakers and wine drinkers, both novices and enthusiasts, has been significant. In this first-ever class dedicated to these topics, we will explore what organic and biodynamic wines are, outline the differences between the two, and most importantly what the influence is on the finished wine. We will also explore natural wine: how it is different and unique, highlighting its main attributes as well as potential aspects to be aware of in terms of longevity. After delving into these areas, you will become a more knowledgeable and confident consumer in knowing what to look for, and what resonates the most with you as an enthusiast.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the October 22 virtual class

Cost for class– $30 – Register Now

Previous Virtual Wine Class Themes

  • The Great Tastes of Spring…Assyrtiko and Gamay
  • Exploring Spain…Its Values and Collectables
  • Two World Class Regions…One Amazing Varietal
  • Explore Sonoma…California’s Most Diverse & Exciting Region
  • Spring Wine Enjoyment in One Region….Loire Valley
  • Why is Cab King?
  • Exploring Tuscany…Italy’s Wine Paradise
  • Laurel Glen Vineyards Masterclass with Bettina Sichel- Partner/General Manager
  • Experience Chile & Argentina’s New Identity
  • Jewels of the Mediterranean: Sicily and Greece
  • Super, Summer Wines that Will Surprise!
  • Winemaker Masterclass: SAMsARA Winery in Santa Barbara with Winemaker Matt Brady
  • Remarkable Riesling…Old World vs New World
  • Willamette Valley Masterclass: Drew Voit of Harper Voit
  • Explore the World of Sparkling Wine… Anytime!
  • Rhone Valley Revival!
  • Northern Italy’s Cool Climate Regions are What’s Hot!
  • Exploring Napa’s Greatness… More than Just Cabernet
  • Masterclass: Coravin Inventor Greg Lambrecht and Booker Wines Winemaker Eric Jensen
  • Southern Hemisphere’s Perfect Wine Pairing… New Zealand and South Africa
  • Burgundy! The World’s Benchmark for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
  • Rediscover Australia


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