The Pleasures of Wine – Class I: Understanding Wine

Date(s) - March 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Barley & Vine Tavern


The Pleasures of Wine – Class I: Understanding Wine*

The infallible way to learn about wine is by tasting it, then comparing one wine against another and focusing on their characteristics and differences. In this first session, we will learn how to focus on wine by learning to observe, taste, evaluate, and put words to what we see, smell and taste. The influence of temperature and glassware on flavor and aroma will also be explored.

Wines will be paired with food. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

*This is the first class in our The Pleasures of Wine series. Classes may be taken individually, or you may register in advance for all three and receive a discount.


Part II: Taste Terroir – Thursday, March 14, 2019

Since vines are forced to adapt to the specific environment where they are grown, the environment in the vineyard determines what happens to the grapes. Therefore, where, when and how wine grapes are grown significantly impacts color, acidity, ripeness, aroma and flavor. In this session we will taste and compare a variety of wines to show how viticulture, geography, geology, climate, and weather change both grapes and wine.

Part III: The Role of the Winemaker – Thursday, march 21, 2019

Because all great wine begins in the vineyard, how the vines are farmed has a huge influence on the quality of the wine. Yet, the winemaker also exerts considerable influence, and the decisions made in the winery can alter the wine’s color, aroma, acidity, sweetness, structure, and ability to age. In this session, we will explore how different styles of wine are made, and taste how winemaker decisions interact with terroir to determine the character and flavor of wine.

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