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A Lot More Stuff You Need to Know About Wine, Four Tuesday Evenings, June 3, 17, 24, and July 1 $195. ($175/person when booking groups of 3 or more) 7pm Start Time
This is the newly updated version of our previously titled Ultimate Beginners and Intermediates Class. While based on much of the information contained in that class, this is a newly designed Power Point type of class created for people who want to expand their appreciation and enjoyment of wine but who don’t want to invest the time or money necessary for a certification. (For that, please see our WSET courses.) This four-part series is a fun, in-depth, consumer-friendly take on topics such as: how to taste and evaluate wine, the major types of wine and grapes of the world, food & wine pairing and much more. We will taste 8-10 wines per session that will illustrate the information presented as well as establish the benchmarks for all of your future wine consumption! If you’ve enjoyed JB’s What You Absolutely Need to Know about Wine introductory course, this is the natural continuation!
Join Tasting & Seminars Director JB Severin for all the fun that you would expect to have learning about wine.
International Sherry Week - Sherry & Tapas Seminar, Friday, June 6 $69.
To celebrate International Sherry Week, The Wine House & Consejo Regulador de Jerez y Manzanilla are proud to offer a unique seminar designed for consumers and industry professionals alike. By tasting a wide variety of different sherry styles, dry and sweet, participants will learn about the history, geography, viticulture, vinification methods, service and food matching for all the different sherry wines. This is a perfect opportunity to discover firsthand how tapas and sherry fit together like hand and glove! This seminar includes instruction, wines, tapas, and printed handouts. Certified Sherry Instructor Monica Marin, DWS, AIWS, will lead this in-depth foray into Spain’s “wine treasure.”
Italian Wine Specialist Certification, Five Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and (Exam) July 12 $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.
Survey of Current California Cabernet: Focus on Napa, Thursday June 19 $85.
The California wine industry has come a very long way in its short history. In the first 100 years or so, farmers and wine makers began crafting California wine styles based predominantly on French methods and models, with a lot of help and influence from migrated Italians and other transplanted Europeans.
The Paris Tasting of 1976 put California on the top of the world wine map. In the mid 1990’s California began finding its own style and becoming the world’s leader in cutting edge boutique wine making techniques. In the late ‘90’s and into the next decade California wine makers began to push the limits of ripeness in wine grapes and began making wines that were closing in on 16% alcohol. The American wine press loved them giving out multiple 100 point scores for these super ripe high alcohol wines and coining the term “Fruit Bomb.” Wine makers from around the world from France and Italy to Australia and Argentina have begun to emulate this style. After more than a decade of the birth of the “Fruit Bomb” mixed results are coming. Some high alcohol full throttle wines have managed to age well but many have just lost fruit and are falling apart. And, as the wine press has recently lost a great deal of influence on wine styles that it has had during the mid ‘90’s and for most of the last decade, California has come to a crossroads. Although the “Fruit Bomb” is not dead (and probably won’t ever be) it does have to move out of the way as many California winemakers are striving to make more elegant and diverse styles of wine. So join our longtime Bordeaux specialist and all around French wine guy Scott Ripton, (recently outed as a closet Californiaphile) as we’ll use our palates to let the Cabernets of California taste us through its recent past and present, and look to the future as we ask “After the Fruit Bomb Explodes Where Does Napa Go from Here?”
French Wine Scholar Course, Five Sundays, June 22, 29, July 20, August 3 and (Exam) August 10, 2014, 9:30am Start Time $795.
The Wine House is launching the new and updated French Wine Scholar (FWS) curriculum. The course will be taught by the experienced academic team that manages the WSET Level 4 Diploma program in Los Angeles. All instructors hold the FWS, DWS or MW certifications.
The French Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France. Developed and administrated by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal (e.g., John Smith, FWS). The exam is given in multiple-choice format. There are 100 questions covering all of the wine regions of France. Passing score is 75. Students must be at least 21 years of age.