All of my classes are fully customized according to your specific tastes and needs. But a lot of times, you don't know exactly what you need. If you don't see it listed here, it doesn't mean we can't do it. Just fill out a questionnaire and we'll get started. I am happy to spend as much time as it takes to find a topic that suits you, but to get your imagination going, here is a list of possible courses you could have:
In this class, I will select a broad variety of wines based on your input. Some of these wines will be similar to wines you know and love, and some will be very different. The main goal of this class is to teach you how to taste, and to give you vocabulary to accurately describe what you are tasting. We will also introduce basic wine concepts such as terroir, oak ageing, acidity, and body. You should emerge from this class with a better sense of what style of wine you prefer.
This class will be very similar to How to Taste I, but we will go more in depth into the nature of each wine. Having trained your palettes a little in the first class, I will push you to describe the wines in more detail. With my feedback you will further refine your wine descriptors. At this level, you are starting to move towards being a real wine geek.
Watch out, in this class you will truly embrace your inner wine geekdom! You'll be able to bust out subtle descriptors like "Cassis," "Elderflower," and "Leather" with confidence in front of a sommelier. If you're really interested in taking it to this level, you should probably just bite the bullet and start working in wine professionally. Or at least build a cellar in your basement!
In this class, I will select a broad range of wines from all over France. We will learn briefly about the very confusing French labeling laws, and as we taste we will continue to refine your ability to discern flavors and aromas.
In this class, you will choose one region of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, etc, and we will go in depth into the labeling laws as well as several different styles of winemaking.
In this class we will compare 3 wines from the old world versus 3 wines from the old world. Here you will learn which style you like better, and be able to say why you like either one. The old world selections could from Spain, France, Italy, or possibly Germany, while the New World selections could include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South America, or South Africa.