Wine Lovers Boot Camp: Tasting Like a Pro – St. Helena

January 25, 2012 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Wine Lovers Boot Camp

St. Helena,

Cuisine Type: Winery

Wine Lovers Boot Camp – Tasting Like a Pro (St. Helena, CA)

If you’ve ever wondered how professionals approach a glass of wine or you want more confidence when tasting a wine presented to you by the restaurant sommelier, you need to attend this Boot Camp! There are common techniques and language all the pros use when tasting wine, and our talented and experienced wine faculty will share them with you. Whether it’s one of the classic grape varieties of the world or an “up-and-comer,” you’ll learn the proper tasting techniques, important wine attributes to note, and fundamental characteristics that determine quality in wine.

You will begin by learning a systematic process for tasting and evaluating wines efficiently and how to apply that process to still, sparkling, and sweet wines. You’ll taste the basic profile of the world’s classic white and red grape varieties and review the terms commonly used to describe the wines made from them. And you’ll gain an understanding of the impact of winemaking techniques—including the fermentation method, oak barrel use, and fortification—on the flavor of wine, as you identify the most common faults found in wines. To add to the fun, you will participate in blind tasting “challenges” with your classmates and compete for the coveted “Camp Champ” medal. In no time flat, you’ll be tasting wine like a pro!

Dress code: The dress code for this course is business casual. Blue jeans, shorts, tank tops, and open-toed sandals are not permitted. When visiting vineyards and wineries, sturdy, flat-soled shoes are required. Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances or cologne, as they will interfere with your learning experience as well as that of your fellow students. Additional items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are suggested during the summer months as well as warm jackets during winter months.

Please note: this class is open to students 21 years and older.

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