This class is specially designed for the novice wine enthusiast. We’re here to satisfy your curiosity and answer questions about all things wine in a fun and relaxed environment supporting sustainable wine practices whether they’re organic, biodynamic, or fair trade. We’re covering topics ranging from the effect on and methods of (like decanting) aerating your wine; flavor notes from full-bodied wines, medium, and light (and what it could possibly mean for a wine to be chewy or fat); various types of grapes used in wine production and when certain grapes are ready to be fermented; different topics to consider when purchasing wine; and more. We’ll be swirling, sniffing, and sipping away on local, sustainable wines while enjoying some nibbles to provide perspective on food and wine pairing. You’ll experience the differences between varying levels of body, what tannin and acidity do to your wine, details from sweet to dry notes, and other characteristics to draw upon from fruity to earthy, and what different colors suggest. This is a very basic class for you to cut loose, play, not have to pretend to know what you’re doing, and leave armed with information! Does the way you hold your wine glass matter? Why do people swirl their wine? Does the glass really matter? Come get more familiar with the world of wine, sign up today, and swirl away!
Recipes:There will be tastings of 2 White, 1 Rosé and 2 Red Wines
Class Type: Educational, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes:Learn the basics of wine with local wine shop, Slope Cellars
Hailing from California’s Bay Area, Ben has been a member of the Slope Cellars Team since the fall of 2003. From a very young age, Ben has enjoyed the development of a healthy, adventurous palate. He remembers his first sip of good coffee, jalapeno-eating contests, and the foreign taste of curry – which he spent many hours grinding, pulverizing and simmering to recreate. At the end of each experiment was a reward – the satisfying act of sitting down at a table with family or friends. Not until his move to London to attend university, though, did he discover the missing ingredient – the greatest complement to any well-prepared meal – wine. While living in Europe, Ben took advantage of the close proximity to many of the world’s great regional cuisines and he grew fascinated with the interplay between food and wine. Upon graduating, he moved to New York and continued this exploration in the restaurant business, which ultimately led him to us at Slope Cellars. After a few good years slingin’ wine at the store, he was made partner and has the pleasure of selecting the store’s wines.
Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson had her fair share of wine which has allowed her to hone in on her flavor preferences through experience rather than formal education. She has begun to take the wine world by storm, however, approaching the topic with the curiosity and enthusiasm necessary to learn the basics, and she’s ready to indulge your curiosity and enthusiasm as well with a little know-how! An extremist in proving that the art of eating & cooking well is a relatively simple process, Nissa advocates enthusiasm as an essential component to cooking. In her rare free time, she moseys around the world in search of good surf and conversation, visits her growers, and teaches an old dog new tricks. Contact Nissa