San Francisco Wine School invites wine lovers to pump up their wine savvy this summer with a series of relaxed and enjoyable wine tasting workshops that also include some serious learning.
On Monday and Tuesday evenings June 15 – August 18, two- and three-hour mini-immersions will whisk students away to taste Italy and Portugal, the Southern Hemisphere and Bordeaux and more, all right here in the Bay Area. Enjoy fun and engaging Food and Wine Pairing Labs and Blind Wine Tasting Basics, and workshops that celebrate specific styles and varietals, including Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles, 50 Shades of Gris, Cabernet is King, The Dark Side of Pinot and Que Syrah Syrah!
Monday workshops take place in San Francisco at 1601 Bar & Kitchen, Tuesday workshops in Los Gatos at Enoteca La Storia.
San Francisco Wine School’s mission is to breathe new energy into the world of wine education by teaching only the wine topics and credential programs that best prepare students for success, no matter what their career path. Programs are relevant to everyone, from students newly embarked on their discovery of wine, to advanced wine professionals already successfully established in the business.
Summer Workshops from San Francisco Wine School:
Monday Nights at 1601 Bar & Kitchen in San Francisco
7-9 pm, $95 per workshop (“Buy3, Get1Free”). Six to seven wines tasted in these classes.
Wine 101 – Speak Like a Geek
Learn to speak like a wine geek, or at least understand the terminology. Master Sommelier David Glancy walks through a series of six wines deciphering the structure, aromas, and flavors.
Do Points Matter?
Blind taste seven wines while discussing differing methodologies among today’s wine rating systems, as well as differences between the palates and styles of competing wine critics. Discover if there are some highly rated wines you hate and others you love.
Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles
Taste sparkling wines from Champagne and several other countries and regions. Explore differences in style as they relate to varying production methods, grape varieties, soils, and climates of each region.
Summer Through Rosé Colored Glasses
Taste rosé wines from several countries and regions. Explore differences in style as they relate to varying production methods, grape varieties, soils, and climates of each region.
50 Shades of Gris
He calls it Gris, she calls it Grigio. Explore multiple countries and regions and taste seven different Pinot Gris/Grigio ranging from light and dry to full and sweet. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
Savvy Blanc – Too Cool for the Pool
Taste Sauvignon Blancs exploring multiple countries and regions. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
Chardonnay – Burgundy, Butter and Beyond
Taste seven Chardonnays beginning with unoaked Chablis and richly oaked Côte de Beaune, followed by Chardonnays from multiple other countries and regions. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
The Dark Side of Pinot
Skip Blanc, Gris and all other Pinots and fade to noir. Taste Pinot Noirs from Côte d’Or and multiple other countries and regions. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
Cabernet is King
Taste Cabernet Sauvignons exploring multiple countries and regions. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
Que Syrah Syrah!
Winemakers, retailers and sommeliers love it. Will it ever become the hottest grape? Taste Syrahs from the Rhone, Barossa and several other countries and regions. Varietal profiles will emerge as will differences in structure and style as they relate to varying soils, climates, and elevations of each region.
Tuesday Nights at Enoteca La Storia in Los Gatos
6-9 pm, $125 per workshop. Eight to ten wines tasted in these classes.
Blind Tasting Basics
Learn about the physiology of taste and how to evaluate acidity, tannin, residual sugar and other structural elements of wine. Attend this fun session analyzing six wines to gain confidence in knowing what kind of wines you like and how to describe them. Start building your wine description vocabulary.
The champagne process was an evolutionary one, not a revolutionary one. Find out how the method developed from an inexpert and uncontrolled phenomenon to the precise and polished process of today. Learn why Champagne is unique among the world’s sparkling wine-producing regions and why it has become the world-class luxury good that it is. This workshop explores the in-depth history, geography, and climate of Champagne, the world’s most famous sparkling wine region, and northernmost fine wine region of France.
Food & Wine Pairing Lab
Learn pairing theories and exceptions and the progression of flavors in multi-course meals. Play with your food and wine and taste 36 combinations and discuss each student’s impressions and preferences. Challenging food ingredients will also be reviewed as will how to overcome the hurdles they present.
Study Bordeaux from the ground up, where wine styles are predicated by a combination of soil, grape and the hand of man. Explore Bordeaux’s distinctive terroirs in order to better understand the nature of the blend, how the style of the region’s wines has evolved over hundreds of years and recent changes in blends and styles. This class covers the history, geography, climate and the wines of Bordeaux, from value wines to the most age-worthy of all French wines. Dry whites, dry reds and succulent sweet dessert wines are included.
Wines of North America
The United States is the world’s fourth largest wine producer. This class covers the wines of California, Oregon, Washington, and other states, plus Canada and Mexico. Discover labeling laws, American Viticultural Areas, the history, climates and wine styles of each region.
Wines of Italy
Understanding the regions and categories of Italian Wine can be complicated. With extensive wine production in all 20 wine regions, Italy has hundreds of indigenous varietals, climates ranging from Alpine to Mediterranean and diverse soil types. We’ll explore the delicious complexity of Italy, including Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto and much more.
Dive down under to explore all of the wines of the Southern Hemisphere. These New World wine regions continue to challenge the supremacy of Old World regions and increase their market share worldwide. Learn about the regions, climates, grapes and wine styles of Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. We’ll explore wines including Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Chardonnay, Maipo Carmenere, Mendoza Malbec, Barossa Shiraz and Stellenbosch Pinotage and more.
Burgundy’s Côte d’Or
In Burgundy, an ancient and fractured geology delivers wines of distinction. Learn how soil, topography and climate create enough variability to craft 101 different AOCs within this region’s borders. Discover the history and historic precedent behind such subtle and nuanced fractionalization. This class covers the in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of Burgundy’s Cote D’Or, the most complex French region and for many people, the best wines in the world.
The Rhone River serves as the gravitational axis around which its two halves revolve; the northern half clings tightly to the riverbank, while the southern half expands outward. These two different wine cultures possess distinctive soils and topographies and they create vastly disparate wines with unique personalities. It’s one region, but two brave new worlds. This class covers the in-depth history, geography, climate and the wines of the Rhone in the warm South of France.
Spain, Portugal, & Greece
Sunshine, warm breezes, olive oil, wine and the Mediterranean Sea tie Portugal, Spain, Greece and several other countries together. Learn the similarities and differences of some of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world and some of the trendsetting new wines, as well.
For more information, and to sign-up, visit San Francisco Wine School at www.sfwineschool.com and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp and Twitter.