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Oct 7, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - California, King Of Cabernet, $150

This immersion case study will focus on how California's King, Cabernet Sauvignon, performs across multiple California Appellations. Originally made famous by left bank Bordeaux, California has usurped the crown and taken Cabernet Sauvignon to new heights in quality, and expressed it in multiple degrees of ripeness across the board. California Cabernet owns the wine list in most American restaurants for good reason, because we can't seem to eat red meat without it. It's the go-to red wine for experts and novices alike. Fortunately, our beloved King thrives in a multitude of different microclimates, and California offers a wide spectrum of Cabernet examples from north to south for us to study. Through a mixed-case of 12 different wines, we will explore expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Paso Robles, Lodi, the Central Valley, and several other Appellations and sub-Appellations, which will allow us to explore California Cabernet in a multitude of different styles and degrees of ripeness, with varying amounts of oak. It will show us how mountain fruit differs from coastal fruit, and valley floor fruit, and what effect varying levels of elevation and hydration have on the wine; California and Cabernet Sauvignon have become deliciously synonymous in recent years, and in this class, we will endeavor to experience why.

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Oct 12, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - Piedmont Passion, $150

This immersion case-study will focus on the majestic wines of Piedmont, in-depth. We all know and love Piedmont as the home of Barolo, known as the King of Wines, and the Wine of Kings, but there is much more to this awe-inspiring land than just Barolo and white truffles. The diversity of wines from Piedmont is staggering, and could never be completely covered in a much broader Foundation course on Italian wines. So, through a mixed-case of 12 meticulously selected wines, we will put Piedmont under the microscope, and in doing so we'll explore and examine several celebrated jewels from the region. We will scrutinize various expressions of Nebbiolo including those from Langhe, Alba, Barbaresco and, of course, Barolo, but we will also explore other regional varietals including Dolcetto, Barbara, Gavi (Cortese), and Arneis, among others. The wines from Piedmont are among the most-celebrated wines in the world. They have been for a very long time, and through this class, we will endeavor to experience why. We expect to see some fan favorites at this one. Italy Foundation 1 or experiential equivalent is recommended for students taking this more advanced class on Italian wine..

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Oct 14, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - German Riesling 3 By 4, $150

This immersion case study will focus on the Pradikats of German Riesling. Specifically, it will explore 3 levels of Pradikat wines (Kabinet, Spatlese, and Auslese) from 4 German Regions renowned for Riesling (Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Mosel, and Pfalz) to an extent which a much broader Foundation course on German wines cold never achieve. The issue with German Rieslings, is that they are broken down into different quality levels (Pradikats) denoting different degrees of ripeness at harvest, but these levels of ripeness show differently from different German regions. For this reason, it can be difficult to tell if one prefers the Pradikat or the region. So, we will examine one wine in each of those 3 Pradikats, from each of the 4 regions described, because we believe the only way to fully understand these quality levels as they relate to their respective regions is to compare and contrast them side-by-side. Through a mixed-case of 12 German Rieslings, we will endeavor to explore how this fascinating and versatile grape expresses itself as different Pradikats from different regions of Germany. The aim is to empower students to be able to distinguish Riesling in different quality levels, and from different regions of Germany. Learning the Pradikats of German Riesling is a basic standard of any proper wine education, but being able to tell them apart often requires instruction, and practice.

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Oct 19, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - Que? Syrah, Syrah, $150

This immersion case study will focus on how the hearty yet versatile Syrah grape shows in various regions around the world. Pop culture has seemingly lost interest in this forlorn grape in recent years, but to seasoned wine professionals, and to those enthusiasts in-the-know, it’s still a powerful secret weapon. Nearly four decades of cheap Australian Shiraz flooding our markets has inspired many wine critics and consumers alike to run for the hills, and for good reason, but that's not what we're studying here. Through a mixed-case of 12 premium expressions of Syrah, this case-study will focus on the resurgence of the grape, examining classic expressions against more modern examples. Yes, the majestic expressions from the French Appellations of Cornas, Hermitage, and Cote Rotie will all be explored, but then compared to new World interpretations in varying degrees of ripeness from California, and to even cooler climate expressions from New Zealand. We may throw in some South African or Chilean examples if we find any which are useful to the lesson, but only the good stuff. No cheap Shiraz here. (Maybe Grange) This ancient and majestic grape may not be what you think it is, and if you think you don't like Syrah, this class will change your mind.

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Oct 21, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - Sweet, Sweet Nectar, $300

This immersion case study will focus on many of the most-recognized styles of non-fortified dessert wines. Sweet wines have been universally cherished in the courts of Emperors, Pharos, Popes, and Kings for thousands of years, but the young Sommelier-embryos and newly-minted wine enthusiasts of today don't seem to have caught the train yet, and many of these jewels are going unnoticed. We aim to rectify this apparent generational lapse of judgement through proper wine education. Specifically, we are going to explore and examine the world's most-celebrated dessert wines, recognize their quality, share our insights, and in doing so, help to bring these fantastic wines back into fashion. Through a mixed-case of 12 different dessert wines, we will explore, compare, and contrast their differing styles, production methods, qualities, and degrees of sweetness. We will consider which wines might work best with which desserts, and which ones won't work with desserts at all. Arrested fermentation versus, late harvest; botrytis infection versus non-botrytis wines; Eiswein versus Icewine; We will taste Sauternes, and Tokaji Aszu; Beerenauselese and German Eiswein; Icewine from Canada and New Zealand; Late harvest wines from California, and other selected regions. The pursuit of wine knowledge is a sweet life, and if you think you're ready to reach the next plateau in your wine education, then you may be ready to experience the sweet, sweet nectar.

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Oct 26, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - Premium Napa Cabernet, $600

This immersion case study will focus on how premium Cabernet Sauvignon performs in the most-famous California Appellation, Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon has always been among the most-respected varietals on earth, but California's premium expressions have truly taken this celebrated varietal to another level, and have earned worldwide acclaim as a result. If you like big oak, less oak, super-premium fruit, or if you just like to spend a lot of money, the right Napa Cab can fill any desire, satiate any palate, impress any guest, and drain any wallet. Through a mixed-case of 12 specifically chosen Cabernets, we will explore together what makes Cabernet from this part of the world so damn good. Cabs from mostly in and around Napa will be explored, perhaps including some other premium sites. Rutherford, Oakville, Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Stags Leap Districts, etc... We will look at the big names you likely already know, and introduce you to some you most-certainly don’t. Learn the Sommelier's secret Cabs that humble Stags Leap drinkers and slut-shame Cakebread-ers. This class is offered at a premium price. It requires a minimum number of 6 students to move forward, and will be limited to a maximum of 10 students.

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Oct 28, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Wines of New Zealand Masterclass, $200

This class instruction was designed in association with New Zealand Wines, the New Zealand Government’s Trade Organization on wine. It explores the major regions, grape varietals, and winemaking styles currently trending in New Zealand, and is intended to illustrate that there is much more to Kiwi wines than just their famously aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. We will examine the wines of Martinborough, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Waipara/North Canterbury, and Central Otago, and we will learn the differences, the strengths, and idiosyncrasies of these enigmatic regions. In addition to different styles of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling will all be explored. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of the fascinating wines from this unique corner of the world.

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November 7, 2021 – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, $325

***REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 18th

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is perfect for wine enthusiasts or for individuals new to wine study. This qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately. The following summarizes the program date and agenda;

Through interactive activities, students learn about the parts of a grape, the basics of alcoholic fermentation, wine growing environments, wine production and wine styles. Students learn to calibrate their palates to determine sweetness, acidity and tannin levels in wine as well as determine how food affects wine through a food and wine pairing lab exercise. This program includes an introductory deductive tasting lesson of 8 wines from the principal grape varieties. During the tasting lesson, students will learn about the characteristics of each grape variety and the differences between flavors and acidity levels in various regions of the world. The deductive tasting is followed up by a lesson on examples of wines around the world from the principal grape varieties. At the end the program, a 30-question multiple choice examination is administered. Students who receive a passing score on the exam receive a certificate and lapel pin. Students who miss or fail the examination may resit for the exam at a later date for a fee of $50. To review the WSET Specification Guide for this program, please see our programs page.

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November 12, 2021 - November 15, 2021

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, $650

***REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 25th

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a certification program adaptable for beginner to intermediate level individuals interested in exploring wines at an in-depth level. With this program, you will gain a core understanding of wine through labeling terminology and by exploring the major grape varieties, raw materials, and regions of production. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines program encompasses a boastful variety of wines from various regions of the world to taste using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT) throughout the program. The Level 2 program breakdown is as follows;

Day 1 – November 12, 6:00pm-10:00pm – Review of foundational wine and food pairing material is covered along with an in-depth guided lesson on deductive wine tasting. Factors influencing the production of white, rose and sweet wines are covered during this session as well as the main white grape varieties of the world.

Day 2 – November 13, 12:00pm-6:00pm - Tasting panels in conjunction with the course sessions include regional selections of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albarino, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Malbec and Pinot Noir. Major red grape varietals are covered during this session. Tasting panels include extensive regional selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay, Grenache, Tempranillo, Carmenere.

Day 3 – November 14, 12:00pm -6:00pm - This session includes Italian white grape varieties along with Italian red varietals. Sparkling and fortified wine subjects are also covered. Tasting panels include; Garganega, Fiano, Corvina, Barbera, Sangiovese and Montepulciano, Cava, Asti, Prosecco, Champagne, Sherry and Port. The day concludes with an extensive review for examination preparation.

EXAMINATION – November 15, 6:00 - 7:00pm – Students are administered a 50 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin. Should a student miss or fail the examination, they may resit at a later date for a fee of $100. To review the WSET Specification Guide for this program, please see our programs page.




Nov 16, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - The Savage White, $150

This immersion case study will focus on the refreshingly obvious cure for summer, Sauvignon Blanc. Known as the “savage” white because it will grow just about anywhere, Sauv Blanc truly shines in certain corners of the world for reasons most people don't completely understand. This class is a "must-take" for anyone serious about understanding wine, not because Sauvignon Blanc makes prestigious or expensive wines, but because understanding Sauvignon Blanc is the key to understanding wine. It has a unique talent for showing the components of its environment in a more-pronounced way than can be discerned through other varietals, which makes it an excellent candidate for concise instruction and real learning. Through a mixed-case of 12 different wines, we will explore how Sauvignon Blanc expresses itself differently in Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Bordeaux, California, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, just to see what we learn. We will learn what underlying factors give expressions from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume their signature mouthfeel, and why Chilean Sauv Blanc often seems sweeter than other expressions. We will learn specifically what makes Marlborough (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc smell the way it does (which no one wants to tell you outside of this class,) and we will tangibly experience first-hand what the Sauvignon Blanc grape teaches us about ALL wines, and how we can use that information to improve our understanding and enjoyment of wine. This sometimes neutral, occasionally unremarkable grape makes for not only a great teaching-tool, but it can be elegant and outstanding when it's grown in the right places. We will learn where those places are, so we know which ones to buy when we see them. Premium expressions only in this class. No Plonk here.

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Nov 18, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - Expressions of Grenache, $150

This immersion case study will focus on the exciting and trending red Grenache varietal, and will explore how it expresses itself in various different microclimates and soil types around the world. Specifically, we will evaluate the red Grenache varietal on its own, outside of the common GSM or Rhône-style blend in which it is so often found. Through a mixed-case of 12 selected wines, we will examine how red Grenache shows differently across multiple sites in France, Spain, Italy, California, and Australia, at the very least. We will endeavor to understand why it performs the way it does from one microclimate to the next, and we will collectively decide which expressions we think show best. Ultimately, we will finish by tasting a traditional GSM, Cotes du Rhône, or Chateauneuf du Pape, so we can better discern what it is that red Grenache truly lends to this timeless blend. Grenache is another premium red grape, making big, elegant, red wines. It should be a go-to standard for any wine professional or enthusiast in-the-know, and it's a refreshing alternative for anyone suffering from Cabernet-fatigue. Frankly, if you enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy red Grenache at least as well.

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Nov 23, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - The Zen of Zin, $150

This immersion case study will focus on the spectacularly misunderstood red Zinfandel grape, and how it expresses itself so very differently everywhere it’s grown. Red Zinfandel, of course, is not just red Zinfandel. It’s renowned and beloved as Primitivo in Italy. It’s also the ancient local grape Crljenak Kastelanski in Croatia, where it has given birth to grapes like Plavac Mali. In this case study, we will follow the Zinfandel strain from its origins in Croatia, through its incarnation to Primitivo in Italy, and we will learn how its journey allowed it to become lost, mislabeled, misunderstood, rediscovered, and ultimately beloved as Zinfandel in California. Through a mixed-case of 12 different wines, we will explore and compare expressions of this Medieval grape in varying styles and degrees of ripeness from Croatia, Puglia, Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, and other regions to decide where Zin shows best. We’re not talking about your parent’s white Zinfandel here. Only the best, most elegant expressions will be considered. Quality Zinfandel should be a staple of any aficionado's collection, and a daily drinker for any lover of red wine. If you like big reds, with big fruit, and big alcohol, there's no reason you wouldn't love big, Red Zin. Any piece of red meat will thank you.

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Nov 30, 2021 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Case Study - New World Pinot Noir, $150

This immersion case study will focus on how the celebrated but temperamental Pinot Noir grape expresses itself in different regions outside of Europe. The ethereal beauty of Pinot Noir is easily noticed in the Grand Crus of Burgundy, especially in great vintages, but true elegance can be found in New World interpretations as well, and frequently on a more consistent basis. Pinot Noir is also a most-versatile pairing partner, compatible with a wide spectrum of foods, and New World Pinot is very often more-approachable, and more culinarily diverse than affordable Burgundy. Premium sites, innovative new winemaking techniques, and talented young wine makers have turned New World Pinot Noir into a hotly trending global phenomenon, which we will explore in detail through a mixed-case of 12 selected premium wines. Pinot Noir from: Willamette Valley, Oregon; the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, and Santa Barbara County in California' the North and South Islands of New Zealand; Tasmania and mainland Australia, as well as South Africa will all be explored and compared. New World Pinot is all the rage right now. Join us as we endeavor to discover which are the most-impressive, and why.

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“Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.”


― Anonymous