Take the mystery out of wine. "Develop Your Wine IQ" presents an easy, fun-filled setting where you can learn the basics while tasting a sampling of wines from Pinot Boutique's local collection. Learn about wine regions, how wine is made, wine varieties, and how to read a wine label. This class is for casual wine drinkers ready to take the next step into the exciting world of wine. You'll leave feeling like a wine "insider," confident in choosing what to drink and ready to explore more.
When someone asks you about a wine's aromas and flavors, is your only answer "I don't know?" Let's leave the long explanations using bizarre, even inedible adjectives to the wine connoisseurs. For this wine class, you can expect to broaden your tasting expertise to describe a wine solely based on its aromas and flavors. There is no fruit in wine besides fermented grape juice; and yet, some wines smell distinctly like strawberry as opposed to blackberry or vice versa, even for a new wine drinker. In this class, attendees will have the chance to compare wines with fruits, spices and aromatic objects to see the similarities between the two. Broaden your wine vocabulary by experiencing black pepper, white flowers, honey and vanilla, among others, and see which wines you smell and taste them in.
Get ready to travel to the world with pinot as your tour guide. This class will feature two unique and often over-looked wine-producing areas of the world, Chile and Argentina. Attendees will sample styles of wine that best demonstrate these regions' strengths.
You're not alone if your first thought when you hear "rosé" is of white zinfandel, that super sweet blush juice which dominated the box-format wine market for years. However, the style and technique of rosé goes way beyond that. In fact, pink wine ranges from bone-dry to sugary sweet, and from the most transparent hue of ruby on up to a saturated, opaque crimson. Rosé is at least as diverse in style as white and red wines, and definitely more colorful. Within the past years, the American market for all styles of rosé has exploded. More frequently people are choosing rosé as a table wine, or as a perfect dinner pairing. This class will explore the various ways rosé is produced, the many appearances and flavors it can assume, and its increasing popularity.
Create your own painted wine glass with the help of an experienced instructor, the creative mind behind St. Clair Art. Explore your inner artist while satisfying your taste for great wines. Your first glass of wine is included, along with painting supplies, your keepsake glass for painting, and professional instruction.
Chanti and "Super Tuscans" are popular wine varieties, but there are many interesting Italian grapes that you probably haven't discovered - some of which are relatively wallet-friendly. With 20 different regions in Italy making wine, there is a lot to discover, sip, and savor. Learn about Italian gems worth seeking out and pick up some ideas for maximizing your enjoyment of interesting wines.
In order to experience the American history within the streets of Philadelphia, you must see Betsy Ross' house, Ben Franklin's grave and of course the steps of the Art Museum (made famous by the Rocky movies). In order to experience the culture of Philadelphia . you have to taste its famous foods and local wines. During this entertaining class, you'll enjoy perfect pairings featuring delicious local wines and three of these classic Philadelphia foods: The Philly Cheesesteak, soft pretzels, peanut chews or Tastykakes. Learn the history of these distinctive local favorites.
Travel across the Atlantic to learn the differences between Rioja vs. Rueda, Verdejo vs. Viura, and Vinos de la Mesa vs. Vinos de la Tierra. You'll enjoy five Spanish wines, including typical varietals like tempranillo and garnacha, while stories will be told about the grapes, wine-making process and the history of Spain.
If you're into wine you probably know about some classic wine pairings. For example Champagne goes well with caviar and Port wine with a gorgonzola blue cheese. But what if your budget does not offer you the luxury of these expensive pairings? Does this mean you need to forgo the opportunity to experience these sublime combinations of complimentary flavors? Not at all. In this tasting you will learn a few "poor man's" alternatives to some classic wine pairings. Not only will you get to taste some fun food and wine pairings, you will learn the basic pairing principles so you can come up with your own unique combinations.
Expand your horizons of taste with favorite wine selections from Australia and New Zealand. If you haven't tried the incredible Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay coming out of Australia, you are really missing out. Not to mention the vibrancy and intensity of New Zealand red blends and Sauvignon Blancs. Your guided tasting will include five samples of select wines picked from these regions by the experts at Pinot Boutique.
When someone asks you about a wine's aromas and flavors, is your only answer "I don't know"? Let's leave the long explanations using bizarre, even inedible adjectives to the wine connoisseurs. For this wine class, you can expect to broaden your tasting expertise to describe a wine solely based on its aromas and flavors. There is no fruit in wine besides fermented grape juice; and yet, some wines smell distinctly like strawberry as opposed to blackberry or vice versa, even for a new wine drinker. In this class, you'll compare wines side-by-side with fruits, spices and aromatic objects to see if you can spot the similarities between the two. Broaden your wine vocabulary by experiencing black pepper, white flowers, honey and vanilla among others and see which wines you smell and taste them in. Ever heard of Gewürztraminer? How about lychees? Come taste them side by side (one is a wine, the other is a fruit) and see if you won't be amazed at the likeness in flavor.