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Sample Class Curriculum:
Wine 101: The Art & Science of Wine Tasting
Why do you drink wine? Do you struggle to find the words to describe the wines you love? Have you ever wondered what about a wine makes it so appealing to you? If you aspire to be more than a casual wine drinker, you must be equipped with the requisite tools – Because the more you know, the more intriguing, and fun, it gets. This course will arm you with the essential information you will need to begin your exploration into the world of wine and spark your thirst for knowledge. The journey of a thousand wines starts with the first glass!
This class will teach you how to describe the wines you like and dislike, helping you to better understand your personal palate. We will discuss how to systematically taste wine. We will also discuss the major wine regions and the wines they produce. Six classic wine varieties will be tasted plus a special surprise.
“Old World” vs. “New World”
No one can understand wine unless they know where it all started. This class will compare and contrast wines of the “Old World” and the “New World” to demonstrate how wine has evolved historically, the importance of geographic location and climate and the elusive concept of terroir.
This class will explore the historical origins of wine in France and Italy and the more modern wine making regions of Australia, South America, Chile, Argentina and the United States. A selection of six or more “Old” and “New” wines will be tasted.
In the Beginning there was France: Wines of the Old World
This class will explore the historic French wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, the Rhone Valley and the South of France. We will discuss the significance of France in the history of winemaking from Ancient Rome to today, and why France is heralded as the epicenter of the wine world.
A variety of wines will be sampled from the regions discussed. We will explain the importance of terroir in France, and how weather and climate impart unique characteristics upon the wines of the region.
In the Beginning there was Italy: Wines of the Old World
This class will explore the Italian wine regions of Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto. We will discuss Italy’s unique history in the wine trade, the more than 200 cultivated commercial grapes grown throughout the country, and the DOC labeling system. A selection of regional wines will be tasted.
Wine in Context
Have you ever…
- Planned a party without a clue of what wine to pair with your Camembert and canapés?
- Tried to choose the perfect bottle from a restaurant wine list the size of a dictionary?
- Questioned what the appropriate temperature is to serve your Chardonnay?
- Felt clueless on whether or not to decant your aged Bordeaux?
- Wished you knew the right questions to ask to find the perfect wine for your palate?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you. We will discuss the essentials of food and wine pairing, how to choose the right wine for every party, and the proper way to open, store, serve and age every wine in your arsenal. We will also teach practical tips for restaurant wine drinking, and the essential do’s and don’ts of shopping at your local wine store. A selection of wines will be tasted to compliment each obstacle.
We know there aren’t really any alligators in the sewers, and a watermelon won’t actually grow in your stomach if you eat the seeds. But, can red wine only be paired with meat? Are screw caps the sign of a cheap wine? Do all wines get better with age?
In this class we will debunk wine’s biggest myths while teaching you important tips and fun facts about wine drinking and its history. A selection of wines will be sampled to prove, or disprove, each myth.
Join us at Premier Cru Wine Merchants for a delicious, fun and educational evening with cheesemonger Martin Johnson as we explore (and sample!) the harmonious pairing between wine and cheese. Michael Eigen, a certified wine expert, and Martin Johnson will guide this tasting, and answer any question you may have, as we try a unique variety of wine and cheese from around the world, while also learning about the history and intricacies of these delicious delectables.
Prosecco, Cava, Cremant and Champagne – what’s the difference? Sparkling wines are produced throughout the world from a variety of grapes and techniques. This class will explore sparkling wines from France, Italy, Spain and the United States to show what makes each wine different, how to tell them apart, and what the best foods are to serve with each.
Terroir is a hot word in wine vernacular – it is used to define the full range of environmental factors that influence the identity of any given wine. This event will break down the true meaning of terroir and all the ways it can impact the final product. We will sample wines from a variety of different terroir-driven regions to see how geographic location truly affects some of our favorite wines.
Cosmopolitans and Martinis are a thing of the past – artisanal spirits and unique, complex cocktails are the new standard; bartenders do far more than simply mix your drink, they create a masterpiece! Expert mixologist James Menite joins us as we try an array of mezcal, whiskey and gin to discuss the recent explosion of artisanal spirits and show us how to make the perfect cocktail
Burgundy, a small wine region in Eastern France is heralded by many as the best wine producing region in the world. While Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the only grapes grown in this unique area, these wines are considered the gold standard. This class will explore how the environment and climate, winemaking techniques and old world theory make Burgundy so special. We will open a fantastic selection of wines from some of the most well-known and sought after vineyard sites in Burgundy; but be prepared, once you experience wines from Burgundy you may never drink anything else again
Italian food and wine go hand in hand, one is not complete, or enjoyed to its fullest potential, without the other. Tart and fruity Barbera brightens and enhances the flavors of slow simmering marinara, just as refreshing and mineral Gavi perfectly compliments freshly shucked oysters. We’ve partnered with out new neighbors, Ristorante Morini, to offer a delicious and expertly paired selection of Antipasti and wine to illustrate the history of Italian wine and the essentials of food and wine pairing.