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February 26th 6-8:30pm

Wine & Cheese Pairing 101

For this workshop, we chose a selection of our favorite wine and cheese pairings from the foremost master of cheese in the country, Max McCalman. During this workshop, you will enjoy a tasting and detailed information about the history, production and unique flavor of eight of the world’s finest cheeses, as well as a tasting of the best accompanying wine pairing.

Also included with the workshop is the easy-to-navigate Max McCalman cheese and wine pairing swatch book for at home reference to ease with selecting the ideal wine and cheese match for any occasion.

Cost for Class: $50




March 4th - 6-8:30pm

Decoding Spanish Wine

Wine lovers everywhere are starting to realize what the pros have known for some time: Spain delivers some of the world’s highest-quality wines. In this workshop, students will learn about the different types of grapes used in Spanish wines, along with the classifications listed on the bottle. Students will gain an understanding of the main regions producing wine and how their culture and methods differ as they taste their way through the wines of each region.

This workshop not only includes a tasting panel of eight Spanish wines, it also includes a copy of Andrew Cullen’s Decoding Spanish Wines.

Cost for Class: $50




March 21st

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines/Baja Combo Course

The Somm School (www.spiritsomm.com) is pleased to offer WSET Level 1 Award in Wines program in the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja, Mexico. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has since grown to become the global industry leader in wine and spirits education.

The 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.

March 21st, 9:00am - 7:00PM - Further your career and gain a foundational understanding of wine in Mexico’s renown wine region, Valle de Guadalupe. The day begins with a scenic, coastal journey from San Diego down through Baja California during which students will be introduced to the rich history of winemaking in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region. Students will learn first-hand about wine production and vineyard activities as well as have the opportunity to taste and evaluate a selection of varietal wines at the first stop of the day, L.A. Cetto Vineyards & Winery. The educational journey continues at a local farm-to-table dining establishment where students learn about food and wine pairings as well as enjoy a gourmet, 5 course lunch paired with local wines. The final stop of the day takes place in a beautiful classroom setting in the Museo Del Vino overlooking the vineyards, where a review of foundational wine knowledge is covered and the standard WSET Level 1 Award in Wines material is presented. An examination is given at the end of the classroom session. Once the examination is complete, students will enjoy a tasting in the museum’s tasting room before embarking on the journey back to San Diego. Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate and lapel pin.

We're sorry, this class is currently full.

Cost for Class: $325




March 26th 6-8:30pm

Decoding French Wine

Decoding French Wine is a beginner to intermediate wine lover’s workshop designed to navigate through the world of French wine. Covering the prominent areas of Bordeaux, Loire, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, Champagne, Provence and the Langeudoc-Roussillon, students will taste their way through each region as they learn about geography, history and practices within each of these designated areas.

A copy of Andrew Cullen’s book, Decoding French Wine is included with this workshop.

Cost for Class: $50




April 1st - 6-8:30pm

Decoding Italian Wine

Decoding Italian Wine offers an simple approach to navigating through the complexities of Italian wine. Discover information about the history and major regional breakdowns of Italian wine designations. Learn how to read Italian wine labels and discuss how Italian wines are classified as you taste your way through the workshop.

A panel of eight Italian wines are included with this workshop as well as a copy of Andrew Cullen’s Decoding Italian Wine.

Cost for Class: $50




April 5, 11, & 19th 10:00 - 3:30 with an examination April 26th from 2:00 - 3:00

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

This 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. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

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;

April 5th 10:00am - 3:30pm – 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 as well as the main white grape varieties of the world. Tasting panels in conjunction with the course sessions include extensive regional selections of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albarino, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Furmint.

April 12th 10:00am - 3:30pm – Major red grape varietals are covered during this session accompanied by tasting panels including regional selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay, Grenache, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Malbec and Pinotage. Italian grape varieties are covered as well with tasting panels of the following varietals; Cortese, Garganega, Verdicchio, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Corvina, Sangiovese and Montepulciano.

April 19th 10:00am - 3:30pm – Sparkling and fortified wines are the focus of this session along with an extensive review in preparation of next week’s examination. Cava, Asti, Prosecco, Champagne, Sherry and Port are among the tasting wines to accompany the sessions.

EXAMINATION – April 26th 2:00pm - 3:00pm – Students are administered a 50 multiple choice examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and lapel pin.

Cost for Class: $650




April 15th - 6-8:30pm

Wine Tasting 101

Wine best reveals itself when approached systematically. Learn the wine tasting tricks of the trade sommeliers use in The Somm School’s Wine Tasting 101. During this 2 hour program, you will learn to evaluate the appearance, aromatic and flavor characteristics of wine as well as develop skills on how to assess varietal and quality conclusions.

Program includes a tasting panel of eight varying varietals, systematic guideline material and De Long’s Wine Tasting Notebook for at-home documentation and tasting practice.

Cost for Class: $50




April 25th from 10:00 - 4:00

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

The Somm School is pleased to offer the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines program in Scottsdale. Established in 1969 for the UK wine trade, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has since grown to become the global industry leader in wine and spirits education.

The 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.

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. The program includes a lesson on the storage and service of wine and an introductory deductive tasting lesson of eight 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.

Cost for Class: $325




April 29th 6:00-8:30pm

Godforsaken Grapes

Get to know some of the lesser known grape varietals of the world in this slightly adventurous wine workshop, Godforsaken Grapes. Learn about the history, geography and in some cases, oddities of several fantastic, yet unfashionable wines as you taste your way from Jura to Slovenia to Uruguay and onward.

Program includes a tasting panel of eight unique wines as well as a copy of Jason Wilson's book, Godforsaken Grapes.

Cost for Class: $50




 

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


― Anonymous