Upcoming Online Wine Classes

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ONLINE WINE CLASSES

“TASTE SMARTER” INTRO TO WORLD OF GRAPES ONLINE TASTING COURSE

This tasting course is designed as a refresher course for students who took WSET Level 2 as well as beginners to expand their palates and global wine perspective. This is a grape-focused tasting course which means we will be discussing the main characteristics of the grapes of the world while tasting examples of some. The idea is to teach (or refresh your knowledge) you what to look for when tasting grapes of the world then connect that to the glass. Knowledge of the world of grapes and how they taste is a crucial step in becoming a proficient taster and lays the foundation to blind tasting in the future. Each class is 2 hours. [Note: Wines will be sold separately]. All classes will be held online on Zoom!

Purchase entire 3 week course described below $165.

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. Or $65 per 2 hour class. 4 wines will be tasted each week and can be purchased additionally.

Class 1: Classic White Grapes of the World Monday, November 2nd, 5-7pm.In this 2 hour class we discuss the main white grapes of the world, (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris/grigio, Chenin Blanc, viognier) their characteristics and taste examples.

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Class 2: Classic Red Grapes of the World. Friday, November 13th, 5-7pm. In this 2 hour class we discuss the main reds of the world (Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache,Pinot Noir), their characteristics and what to look for and taste examples to connect the dots.

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Class 3: Other Grapes of the World Friday, November 20th 5-7pm. In this 2 hour class we discuss other grapes of the world (Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Malbec, blends, Gewurtztraminer, Albarino).

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BLIND TASTE SMARTER ADVANCED ONLINE TASTING COURSE: Global Grapes and their Laterals

This course is designed for the Level 3 graduate or student who has experience blind tasting, knows the world of grapes pretty well, and can write an accurate tasting note with ease. This is the next phase to mastering blind tasting: knowing your grapes and recognizing them in a blind. This can take years of effort to become good at and is a process, but I am offering tips and tools in this course to speed up your learning curve! Not only will we be blind tasting to ID grapes, but it will be presented with their laterals (meaning the grapes you often confuse other grapes with) so you can really hone in on how to get to the right answer faster. This will be a very interactive class as you will be talking out grapes to each other to help you gain clarity as you improve your markers. Each class is 1.5 hours. Wine is sold separately.

Purchase series of all 8 classes for $333.

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Class 1: NEUTRAL WHITE GRAPES Thursday, November 5th 5:30-7pm.This is a challenging category. Firstly, what are the neutral grapes that you confuse easily? What are their differences? What subtle cues can we use to get to the grape differences?

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Class 2: AROMATIC WHITE GRAPES Thursday, November 19th, 5:30-7pm. Do you often confuse Albarino or Gruner for Riesling? Or mistake Torrontes and Gewurtraminer? What are the keys behind these wines to help you be more accurate?

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Class 3: HIGH ACID WHITE GRAPES Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30-7pm. Is it Chenin blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, muscadet, or cool climate chardonnay? Let’s deep dive in the nuances to help you gain mastery over these laterals..

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Class 4: OAKED WHITE GRAPES Wednesday, December 9th 5:30-7pm. Some grapes often see oak. How can you tell which is which beyond the wood to get to the essence of the grape? This can be tricky as oak can sometimes be quite loud!

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Class 5: DARK FRUITED RED GRAPES Wednesday, December 16th, 5:30-7pm. Deep colored, darker fruited reds particularly from a warm climate can be difficult to distinguish (Merlot vs Cabernet vs Malbec vs Syrah vs Tempranillo). We will be exploring some keys to unlocking their differences in the class.

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Class 6: RED FRUITED RED GRAPES Thursday, January 7th, 5:30-7pm. Pinot Noir vs Gamay, Sangiovese vs Nebbiolo, Zinfandel. Let’s get you clear on how to differentiate these from each other.

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Class 7: GRAPE BLENDS Thursday, January 14th, 5:30-7pm. Many grapes are blended together, how can you recognize the grapes in the blend and also how they come together as a whole? GSM blends vs just Grenache? Bordeaux blends vs 100% cabernet or Merlot?

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Class 8: OTHER RED GRAPES Thursday, January 21st, 5:30-7pm. What about Carmenere, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc from a warm vs cooler climate? Learn to recognize their markers as well.

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TASTE SMARTER PALATE THERAPY LIVE IN-PERSON TASTING COURSE-TEMECULA

The goal of this course is to refresh and deepen the tasting skills you gained with WSET Level 2 empowering you with more skills giving you greater confidence over tasting and describing wines. Includes certificate of completion if you take all classes. This course can also be taken as a Level 3 prep course, to polish your tasting chops so you are ready to blind taste! The entire course is 6 weeks in total divided into 3 parts and is focused entirely on tasting. Each part or class can be purchased separately. Each class is 3 hours and INCLUDES wine.

Purchase series of all 6 classes for $550 (includes wine).

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Part 1: Flavor and Structure of a Wine
Purchase both Class 1 and 2 for $225 or Group rates of $199 apply for 3 or more people. Please contact me.

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Class 1: Flavor Therapy Wednesday, November 11th 6-9pm.In this workshop we will be revisiting how you strengthen your ability to assess flavors in both white and red wines. We will taste 6 wines

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Class 2: It’s All About the BonesWednesday, November 18th, 6-9pm. In this workshop you will improve your ability to recognize, understand and properly assess the structure in a wine (acidity, tannins, body, alcohol and mouthfeel in wine), and as a result improve your assessment of a wine. Taste 8 wines

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Part 2: Connecting the Why to the What
Purchase both Class 3 and 4 for $225 or Group rates of $199 apply for 3 or more people. Please contact me.

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Class 3: Connect It to the Glass Wednesday, January 13th, 6-9pm. In this class we deepen our understanding how terroir (climate, site), viticultural and winemaking decisions affect the style and quality of wine.Taste 6-8 wines tasted.

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Class 4: The So What!? Wednesday, January 20th, 6-9pm. In this class, we start to put it all together and learn/improve how to make conclusions about quality, and the age potential.
6 Wines tasted.

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Part 3: Intro to the World of Grapes
Purchase both Class 3 and 4 for $225 or Group rates of $199 apply for 3 or more people. Please contact me.

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Class 5: Classic White Grapes of the WorldWednesday February 3rd, 6-9pm. In this 3 hour class we discuss the main white grapes of the world, (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris/grigio, Chenin Blanc, viognier, and more) their characteristics and taste examples.

$111.00Add to cart

Class 6: Classic Red Grapes of the World Wednesday, February 10, 6-9pm. In this class, we discuss the main reds of the world (Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache,Pinot Noir, Malbec, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, and more), their characteristics and what to look for and taste examples to connect the dots.

$111.00Add to cart

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