Here’s the schedule for my wine classes for 2017, with links to get more info:
Jan. 21: The 10 insider tips every wine lover should know, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
There aren’t any secret handshakes or coded passwords to learn, but there are some secrets, some history and some well-established principles that can enhance every glass and every bottle, no matter what your level of vinous experience.
Feb. 11: Pairing wine at cheese, at You’re So Crafty in Seguin
Feb. 18: 10 wine and cheese pairings that will shock and amaze, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
As far back as grapes have been fermented and milk has been solidified, the two wonders of nature have been a match. You’ll learn the concepts of getting wine and cheese to make beautiful music together and learn to appreciate the huge variety of both.
March 4: The 10 things you should learn in every tasting room, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Texans are blessed with an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms within a short drive of home. And while getting to sample wines is great, your experience can be even more rewarding if you know what kinds of things to ask about when you step up to the bar.
April 1: 10 things you can learn about wine without opening the bottle, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Wine has a language of their own – one that often looks like a foreign language. But with some basic knowledge, you can find out a lot about what’s inside a bottle by looking at the outside.
May 6: 10 food and wine pairings that will knock your socks off, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Matching food and wine doesn’t require an advanced degree, just a willingness to follow some simple concepts. You’ll get to taste those concepts in some unexpected ways, as a jumping-off point for developing your own pairings.
June 3: Winemaking in 10 (sometimes easy, sometimes difficult) steps, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
The basic process of growing grapes and turning them into wine is simple, but the number of variables involved can make your head spin. Learning the process is great if you want to make wine at home – or just appreciate what’s in the bottle even more.
June 10: Texas wines and their history, at You’re So Crafty in Seguin
Texas has a long and up-and-down wine history, starting with the Spanish missions in the 1500s. Prohibition all but killed the industry in the state, but a revival launched in the 1970s that has gained momentum since 2000 has pushed Texas wines into national prominence.
July 8: 10 French wines every wine lover – especially the frugal ones – should try, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
The French make huge quantities of wine every year, including some of the world’s most expensive bottles. But you don’t need to break the bank to appreciate the huge variety – and the quality – of products from the world’s preeminent winemaking country.
Aug. 19: The 10 most influential people in wine history, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Wine has been around for thousands of years, and millions of people have been involved with wine in one way of another. But there are 10 people through the ages who have a made a difference, some in surprising ways.
Sept. 9: A 10-step guide to wine tasting, with no spitting, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Using all your senses can enhance the experience of drinking wines in ways you might not expect. You’ll learn the keys to sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, to make every sip a little bot more of heaven.
Oct. 7: 10 Texas wines and the tall tales behind them, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Texas is a state full of stories and storytellers, and the Texas wine business is no exception. You will taste some of the state’s best offerings and learn the stories about the wineries and the winemakers that make Texas wines unique.
Oct. 14: The cheapskate’s guide to wine, at You’re So Crafty in Seguin
Learn how to walk into any store that sells wine, from the corner grocery to the corner Walgreens, and come away with something good without breaking the bank. Consider it a survival guide for the cheapskate wine drinker.
Nov. 4: How to buy 10 truly amazing wines for less than $10 each, at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
Like winemaking, wine shopping is both a craft and an art. You’ll find out what to look for and where the bargains are when it comes to wines that won’t break the bank.
Dec. 2: 10 accessories every wine lover needs (or needs to get for Christmas), at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards in New Braunfels
One of the great joys of wines, besides the drinking, is the accessories. From a wonder of physics to the most basic of tools, find out what every wine lover needs to have around the house – just in time to put them on your wish list.