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Our Ultimate Beginners and Intermediates Class In Four Parts, Four Mondays, January 28, February 4, 11 and 25 $195.
This could be the only wine course you’ll ever need to take. This class is designed for the beginner and for those seeking to flex their olfactory muscles and/or expand their wine knowledge. Some of the many topics to be covered include: sensory evaluation, types of wines and grapes, the great wines of the world, ordering wine in a restaurant and food/wine matching. Once you have completed this series, you will be able to order and enjoy wine with complete confidence and a thorough understanding of the basics. Your instructor will be Jamie Koren.
Bordeaux Dinner with Stephan von Neipperg, Friday, February 1 $99.
“His name is Stephan von Neipperg. His title is count of the Holy Roman Empire. He wears boldly striped ascots and silk handkerchiefs tucked into the double-breasted blazers he favors even on the warmest days. He seems like a Max von Sydow character come to life on Bordeaux’s Right Bank…. Just as von Neipperg’s personal appearance is deceptive, so is his history in St.-Emilion. He restored the glory of Canon-La Gaffelière and Clos de l’Oratoire not by falling back on tradition, but by modernizing the wineries and winemaking operations. He turned a lightly regarded patch of vineyard into La Mondotte, producing a muscular wine that wows some critics and disgusts others—and costs a small fortune. He invested millions of euros in a state-of-the-art facility at Château d’Aiguilhe, in the previously unnoticed Côtes de Castillon appellation, then dared to market the wine like a St.- Emilion Grand Cru Classé. And, perhaps most radically, he linked his fortunes to Stéphane Derenoncourt, a Normandy millworker’s son who had never seen a grapevine before hitchhiking to Bordeaux in 1982, but taught himself enology and has since confounded traditionalists with his winemaking.” (Wine Spectator) Full menu available online.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello Event, Saturday, February 2 $40.
Please join us in a special current release and library tasting with one of Brunello di Montalcino’s oldest and most respected producers. We will taste numerous vintages of Brunello and Brunello Riserva along with the most current releases, which you will be among the first in the country to taste. The event will be conducted by Francesco Ripaccioli, son and co-owner of Canalicchio di Sopra. Join host Lance Montalto in tasting the 2010 Rosso - 1995, 99, 01, 03, 06, 07, 08 Brunello - 1995, 98, 01, 06 and 07 Brunello Riserva
Continuum Dinner with Special Guest Tim Mondavi, Tuesday, February 5 $175.
Limited seating… this event will sell out! Join us for a five course menu created by Chef Todd Barrie of Upstairs2.We will begin with a Champagne reception featuring Laurent Perrier Rose. Since Continuum does not produce white wines and Tim Mondavi has a passion for wines from around the world, we chose some elegant white from France to add to the festivities. First and second courses will be paired with the 2010 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnes and 2010 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet “Clavoillon” 1er Cru. The following courses will then be paired with the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Continuum Estate. You’ll be one of the first consumers to try the new release of the 2010!
Marchand Tawse Burgundy Event, Saturday, February 9 2:30-4:30PM
Mark Fincham will be pouring the new 2010 wines from Pascal Marchand.
Italian Wine Specialist Certification, Five Saturdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and (Exam) 9 $590.
The North American Sommelier Association is proud to present the “Italian Wine Specialist” certification recognized throughout the world. The course is designed around the Italian Sommelier Association curricula, recognized as the leading educational and consulting authority on Italian wines. The teachers are all native Italians and certified sommeliers by the “Associazione Italiana Sommelier” in Italy. The Italian Sommelier Association (ISA) was founded in 1965 and is the foremost authority in wine education and Sommelier services. Globally, it is part of the W.S.A, ‘World Sommelier Association’, the largest Sommelier Association in the world, known for their extremely high curriculum standards. The North American Sommelier Association, recently opened in Los Angeles, is affiliated with WSA and has the right and exclusivity of using the ISA curricula in the United States. This course consists of 18 hours of class time and tasting with an exam in order to get the certification, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and approved by the “Associazione Italiana Sommelier” and WSA. The class will explore all the 20 wine regions of Italy, their wine laws, grape varietals and include a brief overview of cuisine and culture.
Fergie Comes To The Wine House, Tuesday, February 12 5:00-7:00pm.
She sings, she dances, and she sells wine. The Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie, and her dad, Pat Ferguson, have officially announced the formation of a family wine label entitled Ferguson Crest. The Ferguson winery has grown tremendously since they planted their first grapes on only a half an acre in 2007. Over the last 5 years, the vineyard has been expanded by 6 acres, and they’ve harvested grapes for production beginning in 2009. Fergie sums it best when she says, “I am so proud and excited for the world to see and taste what I’ve been working on with my father for the last few years. Not only is it a thrill for me to open a winery, but to do so with my father makes it even more special.” The Fergusons are not making these wines alone. In fact, they are relying upon the expertise of Joey Tensley (Tensley Wines), a Food and Wine magazine award winner known for his exquisite syrahs that always achieve high scores from the critics of Wine Spectator and The Wine Adocate.
Come meet Fergie as she makes a very special appearance to host a bottle signing here at The Wine House. See page 2 for pricing and details.
An Evening of Tastes with Charles Neal, Wednesday, February 20 $55.
Charles Neal is a leading authority on single-estate and bottled French brandies from Armagnac, Cognac and Calvados. These spirits are some of the most natural brandies available, made without the usage of boisé, sugar, or caramel. They are hand-bottled directly from cask in extremely limited quantities. Charles’s intense interest in the brandies of France has prompted him to write two books on the subject. The first, in 1997, offers a detailed look at cognac’s sophisticated cousin, Armagnac. In the fall of 2011, Flame Grape Press published Neal’s 700-page tome about Calvados, a brandy based from pears and apples produced in the Normandy region of France. Tonight’s event includes: tasting of 8-10 brandies, with discussion led by Charles, Nibbles by Upstairs 2 and a copy of Calvados The Spirit of Normandy, signed by Charles Neal.
Scotch Master Class: The Island and Coastal Whiskies, Friday, February 22 $90.
This is the first of a series of advanced Scotch seminars that we will be offering in 2013. Join Richard Merenbach and Coffield Appiah for a tasting and roundtable discussion of Scotland’s most extreme adult beverage. This first class will focus on the island and coastal whiskies that scream their terroir. The flavors of the Hebrides and the sea are palpable from the moment you open the bottle. The whiskies tasted tonight will be among the best available in the marketplace today.
French Wine Scholar Certificate in Four Parts, Four Saturdays, February 23, March 2, 16, 23 and (Exam) March 30 $595. 10:00am Start Time
The French Wine Scholar program is a U.S. wine industry-endorsed and Wines of France-endorsed wine study and certification program. It was developed by the French Wine Academy to provide current, accurate information and validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France-the foundation of all wine knowledge. Intermediate to advanced students of wine and wine professionals who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal. The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75. 4 classes, 20 hours, over 50 wines tasted! Instructors are Mike Greene D.W.S. and C.W.S. and Michelle Davis, F.W.S.
For more details go to: http://www.frenchwinesociety.org/french-wine-scholar/detailed-curriculum
What You Absolutely Need to Know About Wine, Tuesday, March 5 $52.
This class was previously named Absolute Beginning Wine Appreciation, but that title limited the participants to people who knew that didn’t know the basics of wine. Truth be told, there is a lot of fundamental information about wine that most people have just skipped over in order to get to the drinking part! So whether a beginner or hardened vet, this class will teach you something you didn’t know or at least were not sure of in the complex, wonderful world of wine. While based on the information offered in Absolute Beginners, this is a newly structured Power Point type of class presented along with nine great wines to illustrate the information. The most heard comments after this class are usually along the lines of “I’ve been drinking wine for 15 years, going tasting in Santa Barbara and Napa, etc, and I learned more about wine in the first 20 minutes of this class than I did in all that time!” Join Tasting & Seminars Director JB Severin for an entertaining revelation.
Killer Riesling, Monday, March 4 $52.
Tonight’s class is all-fierce, all killer, all Riesling, all the time baby! No other grape, well maybe Pinot Noir, makes such terroir driven and characterful wines. Since Riesling makes quite possibly the world’s greatest white wine, tonight we’ll focus on the three countries that produce the best: Germany, France, and Austria. None of tonight’s wines will be dessert wines, though not all will be dry either. Just what on earth does that mean? Come find out. Be fierce, be independent, and (dare I say it) be mondo hip and join us tonight for what will be one heck of a tasting. Your instructor will be Jamie “the Chardslayer” Koren.
WSET Level 2 -Intermediate Certificate in Five Parts, Five Saturdays, May 4, 11, June 1, 8, and (Exam) June 15, 2013 $695. 9:30am to 3:3pm
Please see www.wineandspiriteducation.com for additional scheduling and program information.
Taking Wine House Classes “On the Road”!!
Remember for your next birthday, anniversary, wedding shower, office/club event, or anything other gathering that needs a little extra zing, that we can take the Wine House Classes on the road as well.
Our experienced entertaining teaching staff is available for any type of tasting occasion, be it in your home, office or other venue of your choice. We conduct events ranging from Beginning Wine Appreciation Classes, to Scotch, Tequila or other spirit events (Including our very popular Mixology 101/Bartending class) to extravagant Wine and Food pairing dinners. Call JB at extension 227 for information about leasing your own Wine House expert for your next event.