La Wina Classes
My Dear Winos,
Welcome! Bienvenidos, to my wine world, a place where consumers come to learn about fine wine appreciation.
Tell me, have you ever been to a wine store and saw 100s of bottles on shelves and didn't know what to choose? or maybe at a restaurant where they presented you with a 300-page wine list? how can someone decide what to drink? what wines do I like? which ones should I avoid? what about those fancy grapes names or is it an appellation's name? what are they talking about when they say old world versus new world?
Some will decide to subscribe to fancy wine magazines and allow critics to choose for them, some that have plenty of money, will buy wines that receive 90 + points only. That might satisfy some, especially those whose taste for wine is similar to those of the wine critics, but shouldn't you be deciding what is good or not for you? After all wine tasting is a unique and personal experience, are you sure you want to be a passenger here, instead of the driver?
So let the journey begin, let's learn a few tips that will help you decide what is best for you. Let's identify what you like or don't like, and most of all let's indulge in my favorite thing in the world: Wine Tasting.
Because once we open your wine memory banks there won't be no turning back. Are you ready to explore?
1) The Basics: what is a wine professional tasting: identifying the elements in wine/ the basic six French varieties.
It is recommended that students take the basic class first, before indulging in any of these:
2)Factors that make a Great Wine: discover what make wines great and learn to identify quality in wines produced by the same winemaker, from the same variety and place. Experience what wine professionals do every day: the blind tasting.
3) Wines Styles: four styles of white, four styles of red and how to match these with foods.
4) Great Wine on the cheap: do we need to break the bank to drink good wine? Countries that produce affordable and yet good quality wines.
5) Only bubbles for me!: a tour through the world of sparkling wines: Asti, Cava, Champagne, Cremant, New World Sparklers and Prosecco.
6) New World vs Old World Thematic tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah/Shiraz.
7) New World vs Old World Thematic tasting: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
8) Aromatic wines: so delicious and fragrant, one is tempted to wear them behind ones' ears: Riesling, Albarino, Muscat, Gewurztraminer & Viognier. Warning this is a white wine special!
9) It's Summer: Let's bring the Rosé! dry vs sweet versions, come on tell me the truth you all had White Zinfandel at least once in your life! Best appellations that make the best rosés .
10) Spicy reds that everybody should know: Argentinean Malbec, Chilean Carmenere, Spanish Rioja, Italian Barbera etc. These reds have sazon!
11)Tempranillo Special: A tour of Spain best Tempranillo Regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales, Penedes and La Mancha
12) Underdog Wines! Grape varieties you don’t know that you should be drinking now.
13) I’m acidity Freak! A wine without acidity can be boring and flat, taste these vibrant, palate-cleansing wines and learn how to match them with foods.
14) Wines for the Holidays: Great choices for Thanksgiving/Christmas and New Year’s. In addition, wine recommendations to give as gifts.
15) Let's go shopping for wine: important factors to consider when buying the perfect mixed case of wine, bonus, important information you will get by reading a label.
More to come soon!
Please send me an email for information about the costs of these classes.