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Thursdays: March 24, 31 | 7pm-8:15pm
Myriad factors influence every bottle of wine. The dirt, the weather, even the moon can have an influence. But without people, there would be no wine. Sadly, the stuff doesn't make itself, making even the most non-interventionist winemaker an interloper of the highest order.
Point being, wine is a product of grapes (and the environs in which they were grown), but also humans. As for the latter, some just do it better than others. There are those who seem to have a magic touch, no matter the vintage, no matter the grape. And by magic touch, I don't necessarily mean every wine is perfect, rather that they have a style which consistently shines through in every bottle they produce. Theirs are the wines we will taste in this class.
The upside here is adding names to the wine rolodex in your head which, when encountered in a store or restaurant, you can feel confident selecting. We'll taste whites and reds, most of which will fall in the medium-bodied camp, but an array of flavors and regions. We hope you can join.
- We will meet two times, with each session covering three wines, and lasting for around 75 minutes. The $45 registration fee covers both sessions.
- All classes are recorded, and links are emailed after class, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
- A few weeks before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
- All purchases are non-refundable, but any class registration can be rescheduled up until the day of the first class.
- We will taste a total of six very special wines (three per session). There are several ways to source the wines, as listed below.
- The designated 6-pack for this class can be ordered from our retail partner, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, and costs $175 (plus tax & shipping). To order, please click here. The wines will be shipped approximately two weeks before the start of class.
The Upside Of Zoom
Fortunately, Covid seems to be in the rearview mirror, but until fifteen people can cram together in a small space, the show must go on (via Zoom). Happily, there are many upsides to virtual classes. These include, but are not limited to:
- If you miss class, you can always watch the recording.
- Rather than meeting once, we’ll meet thrice. This allows more time to absorb information, let it sink in, then ask questions the next time we meet. You’ll be a pro in no time!
- Teaching wine requires the use of words, but pictures are equally important. With Zoom, you can expect graphs, maps, and lots of pretty pictures.
- We welcome questions and input during class, but if you’re shy, or have questions you’re afraid to ask, simply type into the chat bar and we’ll get you some answers.
- You can see us, and we’d like to see you, but if you’d rather be incognito, or do your best learning in your pajamas, you can always turn your camera off.
- When I teach in person, I often poll students for their preferences and opinions, and will ask for a show of hands. But sometimes, people are tepid to respond, or they vote after watching how other people vote. It’s human nature, of course, but with polling on Zoom, no reason to hold back. If you love the wine, flash the heart emojis. Or, if it was worst wine you’ve ever had, we want to know!
- You’ll have tons of leftover wine to drink. In class, you’ll taste a couple ounces of each wine, but each bottle has 25.4 ounces. That leaves a lot of ounces for after hours consumption.