From the soil, to the bottle, to our barrel room, we bring you a recap of our first class in the 3-part series all about Grapes! Wine nerds and amateur oenophiles came to swirl, sip, and taste their way through the science and origins of each varietal. This week we focused on Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, classic wines that have some misconceptions. This class was lead by our knowledgeable educators (and certified wine geeks), wine director Rachel, sommelier Becky, and manager Hannah. The class was very streamlined and organized to keep within time constraints, but the material was taught organically. As questions arose from guests, ideas and lessons would further develop. Customers were taught how to distinguish facts about wines like soil varietal and terroir all from taste. It’s interesting to learn how just the flavor of wine can tell you what region it came from!
Attendees were also given a plate of amuses, created by our talented chef Andres Barrera, to complement and elevate the characteristics of each wine. A personal favorite was the Pinot Gris from France paired with the grilled apple and olive oil compote. By the end of the night many guests found a new love for certain wines and we converted many ABC (anything but Chardonnay) drinkers into fans! Some of our guests were baffled by the disdain towards Chardonnay, so we’re sure they were happy to see the change. After all, our ultimate goal is for everyone to find an appreciation for wine.
Wish you made it to the class? Fear not! There are still another two upcoming classes in the series. On August 19th we will be covering Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The final class will be held on September 16th and will delve into the world of indigenous and esoteric wines.