- All classes will take place in the seminar room at Marketview Liquor
- Each class holds a maximum of 30 people
- Reservations are required (for free and paid events)
- All reservations must be made through the links below
A Sip of South Africa
It’s been way too long since we sipped on some South Africa! It may surprise you that South Africa has been making wine even longer that the United States. Yet, American wine shelves did not see any of these incredible wines until 1994, when the trade embargo due to Apartheid was lifted. In the years since then, our ability to procure South African wines has increased steadily. These wines are the perfect blend of OLD WORLD (Dutch and French settlers brought the first winemaking traditions) and NEW WORLD (as many producers are making more “international style” of wines that sell well in export markets). This blend of different cultures, combined with a wide variety of micro-climates, has made South Africa one of most diverse and exciting new wine regions in the world!
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich in 1810! It commemorated the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. (Gesundheit!). Today, Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. It is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but “die Wiesn” – after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, so we might as well join in! But instead of toasting with beer, we will be sampling the stellar wines of the nearby regions – namely Alsace, Germany and Austria. Prost!
Date: Wednesday, October 4th
A Taste of Argentina
Argentina is ranked as the fifth largest wine producing country in the world, putting them in the number one spot in the Southern Hemisphere. The major wine regions are located in the western part of the country among the foothills of the Andes Mountains. These include Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Salta. Many of the classic grapes came from the Spanish influence (torrontes, bonarda), and also from the French (chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot). We’ll take an updated tour of the country and taste some of the latest winners that have appeared on our shelves!
Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Big Red Blends for Cool Weather
Signs of cooler weather – wool sweaters, shorter daylight hours, football tailgates, Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice “anything” and of course – Big Red Wines! OK, it’s about time to re-visit that awesome category of red blend wines. What is it about a red blend that makes it so much greater than the sum of its parts? Join us for a tasting of some of the world’s most classic red wines, and get yourself ready for the colder months ahead.
Date: Tuesday, October 17th
Finger Lakes Feature Winery
Bully Hill Vineyards
Each season, we will now feature a winery from the Finger Lakes as special guest! Please join Holly as she welcomes Stephen Taylor, son of Walter S. Taylor, to lead us through a tasting of the Bully Hill wines. This winery was founded in 1958 by Walter and Greyton Taylor. They were brothers who came from a family who had been making fine wines since 1883. They began converting the native American grapes on the land to French-American hybrid grapes, pioneering those varieties in New York State. Over the next 12 years, Walter and Greyton slowly built a winery on location. But that’s just the beginning of the story – and you don’t want to miss the rest! You’ll find out why Bully Hill has become such a huge part of our Finger Lakes history, and why that goat is so important.
Date: Tuesday, October 24th
Global Champagne Day!
Global Champagne Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Friday in October and this year, it falls on October 27. So you know what that means. Another great excuse for a Friday night class! The beverage is a sparkling wine that originated and is produced in the Champagne wine region of France. Most champagne is produced with pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay grapes; although smaller amounts of pinot blanc, pinot gris (called fromenteau in champagne), arbane, and petit meslier are also used. The holidays are just a few weeks away, so it’s a great time to get your stash for entertaining! We’ll be sipping the good stuff!
Date: Friday, October 27th