Classes

Please check the website for our current schedule of classes and fees. Pre-registration for all classes is required due to limited class size. All classes are held at Lincoln Heritage Winery.

Introduction to Wine Appreciation

An introductory course designed for individuals desiring to expand their knowledge of wine. This class discusses some of the major wine-producing regions of the world and their similarities and differences. The course focuses on understanding the terms on a wine label, identifying aromas and flavors and connecting these qualities to the viticultural and oenology (winemaking) factors that influence them. Food and wine pairing is briefly discussed. This class forms the basis for what a consumer needs to know to confidently navigate a wine list and to make sound purchasing decisions in retail wine shops or restaurants. A brief exploration of each wine region exposes the students to a vast amount of information including grape varieties, wine styles, and quality indicators. Reds, whites, and sparkling wines will be covered. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided.

German Wines

This course includes the German Wine Classification System, Quality Levels, Regions, and main varietals. The most of the wines being tasted will be made from the highly regarded Riesling grape. The focus is on white wines primarily from the Rhine and Mosel regions including comparative tastings from both regions to illustrate the differences due to soil and climate. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided.

California Zinfandels

This course includes comparative tastings of Zinfandels (these are dry red wines) from Lodi, Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Napa (a sweeter style White Zinfandel may be included for comparison). The affects of climate and terroir will discussed as well as a brief history of these regions. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided.

Champagne and Sparkling Wines

This course includes information on the main varietals used to make sparkling wines or champagnes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), pairings, and comparative tastings between Blanc de Noir, Blanc de Blanc, Brut and Extra Dry selections. German Sekt and Prosecco will also be included. A brief history of champagnes will be included as well as information on laws and labeling. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided.

Spanish Wines

This course includes information on the most important Spanish varietals (Tempranillo, Garnache, Graciano, and Mazuelo) used in wine production in Spain. The main focus of the class will be on the famous Rioja area and the classification systems used in Spain. Information on various wine producing regions, differences in terroir, top producers, pairings, and comparative tastings will be included. Wines, tapas, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided.

Future classes will cover the Bordeaux region, Wines of Provence, Italy, and South America.