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ONLINE WINE CLASSES
Happy Hour With Wine Smarties
Each week I’ll be available for Q&A, laughs, wine games and whatever else manifests during this up-beat, light-hearted hour. BYOB and join me live online as we cheers together.
“TASTE SMARTER” HOME SCHOOL WINE TASTING COURSE
Inspired by my students, my career as a wine educator and my own personal wine journey at achieving the Master of Wine credential and the Bollinger Medal for Excellence in Tasting 2018, I am pleased to introduce a tasting course designed to sharpen and hone your skills! This 6 week course is designed to help you ID and strengthen your ‘weak spots,’ become a more accurate taster, and deepen your understanding of how to taste components (acid, tannin, body, alcohol, balance), flavors, age potential/maturation, quality and winemaking influences. The course includes 2 assessments to first observe then measure your progress at the end that I will go over with you in a personalized 1 hour private session with me (or broken up into 2 x 30 min blocks), so you get targeted feedback. This course is open to all levels and all tasters who are serious about improving their skills for certification exams or personal tasting goals. In each mini 1 hour class we will taste 2 wines together. [Note: Wines will be sold separately, but should cost around $300-400 in addition (unless you buddy up and share wines with study mate(s)!]. All classes will be held online on Zoom!
Purchase entire course described below $333.which includes the assessments and 1 hour private tutoring with me. Or $27 per class (not including the assessments/private tutoring).
Week 1: Tasting Assessment and Course Overview. Thursday August 20th, 6-7pm. We will be tasting 1 white and 1 red wine and you will submit your tasting note to me to review. I will provide feedback and advice for what you need to focus on in the course and a personalized plan. We will schedule your first 30 min call with me to go over this information prior to the 2nd week.
Week 2: Flavor Therapy. Thursday August 27th. These 2 mini-classes will help you practice identifying specific flavors and use the information to make clear conclusions that inform you about the wine (where it’s from, how it was made, the grape variety).
- Class 1: White Wine Flavor Therapy, 5-6pm
. Costs $27
- Class 2: Red Wine Flavor Therapy, 6-7pm. Costs $27
Week 3: Components 1: Acidity. Thursday, September 3rd. Acidity is so important to the balance and chemical stability in wines, it cannot be understated. Refine your assessment of acidity and learn how it impacts the perception of other components in wine as you hone your calls.
- Class 1: Acidity in White Wines, 6-7pm
. Costs $27
- Class 2: Acidity in Red Wines, 7-8pm. Costs $27
Week 4: Components 2 and 3: Tannins, Body/Alcohol/Mouthfeel & Quality. Thursday, September 10th. Tannins are so important to age potential and style in a red wine. Their texture, levels and balance in the wine is fundamental to red wines and key to assessing in your evolution as a taster. Alcohol and body are also key to the balance and mouthfeel in a wine and can be often confused for other components. And all of these can help you better recognize the quality from an objective standpoint. We will improve (or learn about) our BLICCA assessments and make conclusions about the future of the wines in this third class of the week.
- Class 1: Tannins in Red Wines, 5-6pm
. Costs $27
- Class 2: Body, Alcohol, Mouthfeel, 6-7pm. Costs $27
- Class 3: Quality, 7-8pm. Costs $27.
Week 5: Maturation/Age and Winemaking Influences. Thursday, September 18th. Assessing the state of a wine’s maturation takes experience and practice, but I will teach you some tools to get you there faster! This is very important to reflect upon when determining it’s future drinking window. Also, improving your ability to recognize winemaking techniques in the glass is also extremely informative and can help you better understand the wine’s perspective as a whole.
- Class 1: Maturation and Age, 5-6pm
. Costs $27
- Class 2: Winemaking in Whites 6-7pm. Costs $27
- Class 3: Winemaking in Reds 7-8pm. Costs $27
Week 6: Progress Assessment and Conclusion. Thursday, September 24th, 6-7pm. We will conclude the course with a blind tasting of 1 white and 1 red wine to compare to your earlier notes, reflect upon areas you’ve improved upon and also iron out your next steps in your tasting goals!
Hidden Gems of Spain Series
In purchasing wines for the Spanish Wine Scholar course, I was inspired by some of the unusual wines and regions that I found myself curious to explore. I thought it would be fun to taste lesser known regions and grapes from this country as well as revisiting established regions with a new perspective. This series is broken into 3 classes total. Classes are Located on Zoom online conference. Link will be provided after enrolling. Recorded classes are provided if you cannot make the date and you can taste along with the class at the time that works for you. Wine is sold separately.
Purchase series of all 3 classes for $72,.
Class 1: Cava Revisited. Thursday, August 20th, 5-6pm. Individual class costs $27.. The 2 Wines for this class to purchase are $75 and you can order directly through my retail partner and student Jennifer Carruthers at JC Select Wines. (Or you are welcome to source these anywhere you want.): Juve & Camps Essential Xarello Cava and Juve & Camps Brut Gran Reserva. Deadline to order wines in time is August 14th.
Class 2: Basque Country Gems. Thursday, September 3rd, 5-6pm. Individual class costs $27.. The 2 Wines for this class to purchase are $42 and you can order directly through my retail partner and student Jennifer Carruthers at JC Select Wines. (Or you are welcome to source these anywhere you want.): Inazio Urruzola Txakolina White 2019 and Inazio Urruzola Txakolina Rose. Deadline to order wines in time is August 28th.
Class 3: Awesome Finds. Thursday, September 24th, 5-6pm Individual class Costs $27. The 2 Wines for this class to purchase are $40 and you can order directly through my retail partner and student Jennifer Carruthers at JC Select Wines. (Or you are welcome to source these anywhere you want.): Tarima Tarima Organic Monastrell Jumilla and Rafael Palacios Godello Louro Valdeorras. Deadline to order wines in time is September 18th.