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

July 9: Remarkable Riesling...Old World vs New World

July 16: Willamette Valley Masterclass with Drew Voit of Harper Voit

July 23: Explore the World of Sparkling Wine...Anytime!

July 30: Rhone Valley Rising!

Wine Classes & Webinars

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.

         

Monthly Virtual Wine Class Schedule

The Educated Grape Cluster Membership

Take your Personal Wine Journey to a New Level with a Membership. My next Membership Launch will be from July 23-30.

July Virtual Class Themes and Schedule

Thursday, July 2 at 6:30pm-7:05pm EDT via Facebook Live

Great Wines for the Grill

Join me for a free Facebook Live class on the patio at the grill as we celebrate grilling season and explore the ideal wines to enjoy for your favorite grilled foods. This lively session will be a great primer to prepare you for the July 4th weekend and the grilling season ahead. We will profile exciting and expressive wines to especially pair with shrimp, pork tenderloin and hangar steak. To join in, go to Facebook and request to join The Educated Grape Facebook Group anytime before Thursday evening.

Cost for class– Free – Join us on Facebook

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Remarkable Riesling…Old World vs New World

If there is a grape varietal that is perfectly suited for Spring/Summer enjoyment, it is the noble varietal, Riesling. Its searing acidity and laser intensity of flavor create a tension that produces vibrant and compelling white wines that dance on your palate. In this not to be missed class, we will explore the regions, Old and New World, that produce Riesling at the highest and most compelling level. In the Old World, we will start in Germany, its place of origin and site of its greatest expression, as well as its neighboring Alsace. We will then explore wonderful New World regions such as the Finger Lakes and the Clare Valley in Australia. After this class, you will see the different styles of wine that can be produced from this one amazing grape varietal.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the July 9 virtual class

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Willamette Valley Masterclass with Winemaker with Drew Voit of Harper Voit

I am delighted to welcome winemaker Drew Voit to our masterclass series. With a résumé that includes stints at Domaine Serene and Shea Wine Cellars, Drew established a strong pedigree from which to set sail on his own. In 2012, he did just that, leaving his post at Shea to focus on a consulting winemaking business and his own Harper Voit brand. Today, Drew is anchored at Björnson Vineyard in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, where he oversees the production of more than a dozen brands. This includes Five Fourteen Vineyards, Moffett Vineyards, Cramoisi Vineyard, Sylvanus Estate, Holmes Gap Vineyard and numerous startups. His own brand, Harper Voit, produces around 1,400 cases. Drew will guide us through a tasting of several wines and showcase the unique terroir of the sub AVA’s of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2019, Drew was named one of “Oregon’s Cutting Edge Winemakers” by Wine Enthusiast. I will moderate the class and tasting.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the July 16 virtual Masterclass

Cost for Masterclass: $35 – Register Now

Thursday, July 23 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Explore the World of Sparkling Wine…Anytime!

While sparkling wine and Champagne are often synonymous celebrations only, their versatility make them worthy of everyday enjoyment. Sparkling wine is one of the three types of wine in the world (the other two being table and fortified) and maybe the most the most underappreciated. In this eye-opening class, we will start with the Champagne region in France, the benchmark of quality and pedigree. While many enthusiasts stop there, there are many more wonderful examples and styles of sparkling wine from around the world; from Cremant in Alsace to northern Italy’s Prosecco and Franciacorta to Napa and Sonoma’s expressive sparkling wines to Spain’s versatile Cava. We will explore them all and leave you primed with what is special about each and how they can and should be integrated into our daily wine appreciation.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the July 23 virtual class

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Thursday, July 30 at 7:00-8:15pm EDT via Zoom link

Rhone Valley Revival!

While sometimes overshadowed by their famous wine regions to the north, the Rhone Valley has emerged with its signature rich, intense and spicy reds and textural, silky white wines made from the indigenous Marsanne and Rousanne grapes. Separated into two regions, North and South, each has its own signature style and grape varietals of focus. The North is almost exclusively Syrah (often blended with a touch of Viognier) making elegant, savory reds and the South home to robust, concentrated red that are blends, mainly produced from Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah. This class is an eye opener and refresher to ensure these expressive wines are a part of your Summer selection.

Click here for wine selections and food pairing recipes for the July 30 virtual class

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Themed Webinars- now available

We are now offering our virtual wine class themes in a more concise webinar format! This will allow you to view each themed class at your convenience in a 30-40 minute pre-recorded presentation. Each themed session is accompanied with a Powerpoint presentation supporting the theme; this includes reference information on regions, grape varietals, fast facts supporting the topic, and maps. These webinars are designed to take your wine appreciation and knowledge to a new level. New webinar themes will be added each month.

Webinar Themes

Spring Wine Enjoyment in One Region…Loire Valley

More and more wine appreciators are discovering how unique, diverse and enjoyable the wines from France’s Loire Valley are. With its cooler climate, the wines from here all have wonderful lift and brightness. From crisp, bracing and complex whites wines of Sancerre, Muscadet and Vouvray to the charming red wines of Chinon, the Loire Valley may be the one wine region that offers wines best suited for warm weather enjoyment with great value. In this class, we will explore these regions’ unique terroir and what wines are best from each of them.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Jewels of the Mediterranean…Sicily & Greece

While each country shares the same passion and approach to wine as a natural partner to food, the selection and style of both white and red wines are uniquely different. Indigenous varietals are what each country is known for, the expression of terroir is unmistakable. Sicily has exploded on the wine scene in the last 5 -10 years elevating wine quality and bringing us beautiful whites from the Grecchetto and Grillo grape and sensuous reds from Nero d’Avola and Nerello Muscalese. Same for Greece; the vibrant, and intense whites from Assyrtiko and Moscofilero are so refreshing and the reds from Xinomavaro and Agiorgitiko and a must for the wine lover who loved rich reds. In addition, these wines are great for Summer grilling, both fish and meats.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Why is Cab King?

Cabernet Sauvignon…one of the world’s most compelling red grape varietals and one of the few that are grown and produced at a high level in top wine regions around the world. It is also one of the few varietals that produces rich and  concentrated wines on its own as well as being blended with other supporting Bordeaux varietals, most notably Merlot. What factors contribute to this? In this webinar, we will highlight the regions that are producing amazing Cabernet based wines by expressing the unique terroir from which they are grown. Both New World and Old World, we will explore Cabernets from California, Washington, Bordeaux and South Africa all at different price points.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Exploring Tuscany…Italy’s Wine Paradise

Italy is a wonderland of amazing wine and food with each region producing unique wines from indigenous varietals. With 20 regions in total, one has earned the reputation of being the finest in quality, diversity and versatility…Tuscany. It’s red wines are unparalleled, from Chianti Classico to Vino Nobile di Montalcino to the prized Brunello di Montalcino and white wines compelling, highlighted by Vermentino and Vernaccia. In this class, you will learn what makes these amazing wines so unique and enjoyable and how to get the most for your spending.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Experience Chile & Argentina’s New Identity

Chile and Argentina have long been known for great values at competitive price points. Over the last 5 years, each country has evolved by producing wines from new and exciting growing regions highlighting different grape varietals and blends from up and coming winemakers. Argentina has exploded with expressive, terroir driven wines and has moved beyond the simple, fruit forward wines from the popular Malbec grape. Chile has discovered more growing regions and varietals discovering some cool climate regions that enhance its amazingly consistent growing conditions. This class will reintroduce you to South America’s two wine crown jewels.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Explore Sonoma…California’s Most Diverse & Exciting Region

While it’s neighboring wine region to the east, Napa Valley, often receives the greater attention and acclaim, Sonoma is no longer hiding in it’s shadow. With its coastal proximity and many diverse sub regions, Sonoma grows many different grape varietals, producing wine at a very high level. From cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, savory Syrah and Zinfandel and expressive, mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and even Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma has everything for the California wine lover. We will explore the key facts to learn and make you a more knowledgeable California consumer.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Exploring Spain…Its Values & Collectables

Home to the most land planted under vine, Spain lays claim to producing some of the most enjoyable wines in the world. As one of the few countries that produces sparkling, still and fortified wines at a high level, Spain makes wines to suit every wine lover’s palate and budget. While it is most known for its expressive red wines, there are also bright, vibrant whites that are wonderful and ideal for Spring enjoyment. We will explore where the 4 main regions where this country’s most exciting and memorable wines come from and what to look for when purchasing these wines for your future enjoyment.

Cost for webinar– $25 Register Now (Zoom link and presentation will be sent after your purchase)

Seasonal Wine Classes in Restaurants

The Educated Grape offers seasonal wine classes in different venues around New Jersey. These classes focus on either prominent wine producing regions, grape varietals or wine-style trends happening in the world of wine.

Join George Staikos of The Educated Grape this Spring for 3 new wine classes designed to enlighten and inspire both the novice and enthusiast. One of the classes, the “Cellar Session”, will be a limited seating class featuring reserve level wines and heightened wine education. You will learn and enjoy in an interactive environment. Each 2-hour wine tasting class will feature 7 memorable wines with 3 dishes and cheese expertly prepared to pair with the wines.

Handouts are distributed to each attendee that offer facts and insights on the class theme which are great reference tools for your continued wine appreciation. Gain confidence and knowledge and take your appreciation of wine to a new level.

Seasonal Wine Class Schedule

To be held at:
55 MAIN
55 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
T (908)-284-1551
http://55main.com

When restaurants are able to reopen, I will be holding my Seasonal Wine Class Series at 55 Main in Flemington, NJ. They will take place on a Tuesday from 7-9pm.

Pricing

Cost for class 1 or 3: $85 per person
Cost for classes 1 and 3: $160 per person
Cost for Cellar Session class: $95 per person


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The Educated Grape 203 Main Street, #259 Flemington, NJ 08822