Wine & Enology
Making, Tasting & Appreciation

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Regional Wine Tasting: California Off The Beaten Path

800-02-20-20
Thursday, February 20, 2020 RESCHEDULED
Thursday, April 16, 2020 NEW DATE!
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

Everybody knows Napa and Sonoma, but what about the little-known/emerging California wine regions like Santa Barbara, Monterey, Paso Robles, Lake County and the Sierra Foothills? These are areas just coming into their prime and soon these wines will be in higher demand. Your instructor, a former California winemaker and current UofMN enologist will share the inside scoop on how and why these up-and-coming wines will be all the rage. You'll be able to say "I told you so" to all your friends! In this class, you will learn:
  • How regionality and terroir impact the characteristics of a wine
  • Some of the unique qualities that can be found in wines from these regions of California
  • History of the development of vineyards and wineries in these areas
  • Tips and tricks for tasting regional wines

For ages 21 and up. Fee includes light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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$60 member/$75 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Local Wine and Cheese Pairing

Thursday, May 14
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center
Judy Thompson, Cheese Manager, Lakewinds Co-op

Just in time for graduation parties and warming weather, wine and cheese pairings are a great way to enjoy time with friends and family. This class will impart new ideas for elegantly simple cheese and wine pairings for the season, in addition to fascinating insights to share with your guests:
  • Learn about the cold climate wine grape research that occurs at the University of Minnesota
  • Understand how a Mediterranean climate plant can be bred for Minnesota winters
  • Discover why the upper Midwest excels in cheese production
  • Learn about some of Judy's favorite cheese makers
  • Savor cheese and wine pairings selected for you by Judy and Drew as they share the basics of how to choose pairings, from texture to tasting notes
  • Take-home your own Riedel wine glass!
Ages 21 and up.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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$49 member/$64 non-member includes Arboretum admission


Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation

Thursday, June 18
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

The millenia-old tradition of grape fermentation produces an astonishing array of complex flavors and diverse wine types! In this class, you will learn:
  • How to taste and describe wine
  • How to read a wine label
  • How wine glasses impact your tasting experience
  • The basics of wine and food pairing
  • A new appreciation sure to make your next winery visit much more interesting

For ages 21 and up. Fee includes light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen
$60 member/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register
$60 member/$75 non-member includes Arboretum admission

 


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