Monday, December 20, 2010


Niner Wine Estates

Lots of wine enthusiasts would like to take their knowledge of wine to the next level.  Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, California has a plan for just that.

Niner's 2011 Wine Education Series will give you, the wine lover, the chance to broaden your palate and learn more about the world's wine regions.

Held at Niner's state-of-the-art Hospitality Center, this learning event promises to be a lot more fun than that Economics class you cut every damn Thursday of your sophomore year.  In fact, it sounds so good you may want to stay after school.

The Wine Education Series is a great way for wine lovers to explore the different kinds of wine made all over the world.  It can also serve as preparation for wine professionals seeking industry-related credentials

Rick Toyota, Niner Wine Estates' Sommelier and Director of Hospitality, says the series presents "a superb opportunity to learn about the heritage and styles of the world's great wine regions."  Toyota teases, "these classes allow students to taste their way around the world."

The series gets underway January 24, 2011 and continues weekly into the Central Coast summer.  The 20th and final class is scheduled for July 27th.  Opening sessions will focus on wine appreciation, viticulture and vinification.  A final class will discuss proper service standards for wine presentation.

Each class runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Niner Wine Estates Hospitality Center in Paso Robles.  You can sign up for single classes a la carte at $75 each, a five-session package costs $337.50 and the entire course runs $1,275 for all 20 classes.  Niner's wine club members will receive their club discounts, and industry discounts are available as well.  You can find out more, or register, by calling 805.239.2233.  E-mail at

You never know where this sort of thing will lead.  It was exactly this type of course which gave Niner's winemaker, Amanda Cramer, the inspiration to get into wine as a career.  It has sure worked out well for her!

2011 Wine Education Series Schedule:

January 24th - Introduction - Varietals and Wine Evaluation

January 31st - Viticulture and Vinification

February 7th - California - Part 1: History/North Coast

February 28th - California - Part 2: Central Coast/Sierra Foothills

March 7th - Oregon

March 14th - Washington

March 21st France - Bordeaux

March 28th France - Burgundy, Chablis and Beaujolais

April 4th France - Champagne

April 11th France - Alsace and the Loire

April 18th France - Rhone Valley/Southern France

April 25th Italy - Northern Regions

May 2nd Italy - Central and Southern Regions

May 9th - Germany

May 16th - Spain

May 23rd - Portugal

June 6th - Argentina and Chile

June 13th - Australia

June 20th - South Africa and New Zealand

June 27th - Wine Service

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