Intro to Wine – July 12

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Summer School @ SFWC kicked off last night with Introduction to Wine, a great class for the novice wine fan to learn about the basics of wine making, wine regions, styles of wines, and classic favorites. We talked at length about terroir, the French notion of climate, soil and aspect, and their effects on viticulture. Students practiced identifying aromas and flavors in wine and learned how to describe dryness level, acidity, tannin and length.

The wines:

1.  Jean Lallement Brut Grand Cru NV – Verzenay

2.  Matua Paretai Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

3.  Freestone Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008

4.  Lumos Temperance Hill Vineyard Oregon Pinot Noir 2006

5.  Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007 – Sangiovese blend from Tuscany

6.  Jean-Luc Colombo Les Forots Cote du Rhone 2006 – Syrah

7.  Charles Krug Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Our Intro to Wine Series also includes Tasting & Describing Wine (July 26) and Old World vs. New World Wines (September 13). The intro series classes are designed, alone or together, to create a solid base from which to do deeper dives into specific regions, so you can take them in any order and start building your base of knowledge.  If you missed Intro to Wine, try another class in the meantime. We’ll offer it again in a few months.

If you know you’d like to take advantage of the whole intro series, check out our 5-class Intro to Wine Pass and save on these 3 classes plus 2 more!

Thanks to our James Beard award winning author and instructor, Jordan Mackay, for a fun intro class and to the students who attended. Let us know what you thought!

See you next time!


Melanie Friedman

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