America's #1 Intro to Wine Class, endorsed by: The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, and 100,000+ students!
AN INTRODUCTION TO WINE
NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM WITH WINE DELIVERED!
For thousands of years, people have made and enjoyed wine. If it's been around so long, why is it so difficult to Learn About Wine? Why is it so intimidating?
At Learnaboutwine.com, we know how to demystify this ancient beverage. Whether you’re new to wine, or you’re someone who wants to take your wine knowledge to the next level; Wine Camp is the perfect introductory class. We’ll give you the confidence and foundation you need to explore the world of wine. Now with over 100,000 students attended - making this America's #1 wine class, as recommended by the LA Times, Yelp, Where Magazine, and CBS.
This 2-hour wine experience is jam-packed with useful information. You’ll learn how wine is made, improve your ability to describe wine, find out the best way to serve wine, and we’ll even discuss food and wine pairings. At Wine Camp, you’ll explore seven outstanding wines in a fun and relaxed setting. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to enjoy wine at a higher level and make confident purchases with your new, topical insights.
INCLUDED IN WINE CAMP
How wine is made
Lessons on how to taste wine, and to describe what you taste.
How to pair food and wine.
How to serve wine: The do’s and do not’s!
Tips on reading labels, purchasing and storing wine.
Insider thoughts about emerging trends in wine that you’ll want to know.
Answer any questions you may have - no matter how simple or difficult.
Laughter and enjoyment that only a top educator can provide
And of course, a guided tasting of seven great wines to help you acquire the skills you need to elevate your personal wine appreciation.
History, anecdotes, and laughs all served in generous portions - over 100,000 students have attended Wine Camp since we started in 1995!
WE TASTE SEVEN WINES!
WINE LIST EXPLORES CHARACTER - WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY...
Sauvignon Blanc, California
From a better growing region. Clean, crisp, pure, no MLF, little to no oak, varietal. Nose and mouth: grapefruit, melon, fig, citrus, floral, green pepper, dry, crisp, firm and clean.
Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy
From a better producer. Smell of terroir: wet stone, wet earth, crisp apple, crisp pear, linear, refined, focused, high acidity, youth, lacks cream, lacks butter, remains tight and focused.
From a better producer. Better growing area, showing the potential of this grape variety. Baked and bruised apple and pear, orange flower, white peach, vanilla, toast, creamy, textured, buttery, rich, round finish - classic characters we will explore.
Pinot Noir, California
From a better appellation and producer. Shows pronounced character of better fruit with perfumed red cherry, fresh cut mushroom, brown spices like clove, better examples will have time in wood adding further density, concentration, and spice. Richer, rounder, fuller, velvety on palate, with elements of stem, seed, and skin (tannin, bitterness, and how that is expressed).
Typically bold and full-bodied, with aromatic notes of black and blue fruits, smoke, and pepper spice. Stylistically, it can range from round and fruity (warm climate style), or dense and tannic (cooler climate style). New World regions like Australia, Syrah might be called Shiraz. Often blended with a range of rhone original grape varietals and can compliment many other wines of the world. Syrah is the “S” in GSM.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
From a solid producer. Napa when possible, to show the classic benchmarks - dusty cherry, cassis, eucalyptus, expensive spa like aromas (mint, eucalyptus, Vick's vapor rub). As price increases, so should density, depth and definition. Use of wood, use of blending grapes, flavor and concentration…explored.
From a solid producer. Wide variety of styles and personalities. From ripe and jammy to dry and spicy. Tannins from bold and firm to soft and backed. Peppery and spicy to fruit, jam, confectionery sweet fruits. I believe better examples carry balance, and are not too ripe, where alcohol is not defining the mouth experience. We will discuss ripeness level, density, and style.
WINE CAMP - SAMPLE WINE LIST:
Note that if these EXACT wines are not available, anything in the category will be suitable.
At LearnAboutWine.com, we like to taste examples we can be proud of.
It's much easier to learn about wine when the wines are top quality!
If you're purchasing wines yourself, use this as your shipping list.
SERESIN "MOMO", SAUVIGNON BLANC, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND, 2019 (CERTIFIED ORGANIC)
ALBERT BICHOT CHABLIS, BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2018
GREGORY GRAHAM SANGIACOMO VINEYARD, CHARDONNAY, CARNEROS, 2019 (FORMER WINEMAKER AT ROMBAUER )
AMICI, OLEMA, PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, 2019
WORKMAN/AYER "DE FACTO", SYRAH, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CENTRAL COAST, CALIFORNIA, 2015
BUEHLER, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, 2017
BEEKEEPER CELLARS, "SECRET STONES,” ROCKPILE, SONOMA COUNTY, 2014
Tuition - Which Experience Fits You Best?
Class duration time is 3pm - 5pm (PST)
Tuition - One Student (Purchase Wines Yourself Locally) - $40
Join class from anywhere! This class takes place online via Zoom. This ticket permits one (1) viewer on the Zoom license and a list of the seven wines we intend to taste; you agree to purchase the wines at your discretion. You can purchase slightly different vintages but we ask that the quality level be high so that you can experience the same level of information. Class is $40 per person, limit one person per ticket. Couples will need to purchase two tickets.
Tuition - One Student Inside CA (Shipping Included) - $95
Join class from anywhere in California! This class will take place online via Zoom. This ticket permits one (1) viewer on the Zoom license and one (1) tasting set of 7 wines (x 1.5-2.0 ounce pours) provided by our licensed partner and shipped to your home. After purchase, we will communicate with you regarding the shipment of the tasting kit via our licensed retail partner. This is an all inclusive ticket.
Tuition - One Student Inside CA Bottle Kit (Shipping Included) - $350
Join class from anywhere in California! This class will take place online via Zoom. This ticket permits one (1) viewer on the Zoom license and one (1) tasting bottle kit of 7 wines (750ml full bottles) provided by our licensed partner and shipped to your home. After purchase, we will communicate with you regarding the shipment of the tasting kit via our licensed retail partner. This is an all inclusive ticket.
Tuition - Up to Six Students Bottle Kit (Shipping Included) - $450
Join class from anywhere! This class will take place online via Zoom. This ticket permits up to six (6) viewers on the Zoom license and a tasting bottle kit of 7 wines (750ml full bottles) provided by our licensed retail partner.
ABOUT IAN BLACKBURN
Ian graduated from California Polytechnic University in Hospitality Management in 1991 (Distinguished Alumni 2008) and is a live-long crusader for wine and improving the wine lifestyle. In 1995, Ian pioneered the internet's first website dedicated to wine education and in 2020, he re-launches learnaboutwine.com to allow nationwide access to his passionate wine classes, tasting events and virtual tastings via Zoom. Ian’s career has shifted from floor service, to distributor representative, to state manager for an international wine portfolio, to author, to internet wine pioneer and now Ian is a leader in Zoom-based wine classes and events. In 2009, Ian launched his own wine brand with Clay Mauritson dedicated to the world's best Zinfandel; Beekeeper Cellars continues to amass top scores (95-97 points) critical acclaim and professional praise. Ian has dedicated his life to fine wine and holds a number of credentials from the Society of Wine Educators, and continues his study with the Masters of Wine in London. Ian’s first book was published in 2002 and he expects to publish a new book in 2021.
Since 2001, Ian has served as an official Educational Ambassador for the Regions of Champagne, France and The Napa Valley. Celebrating 25+ years in Wine Education, this new age of on line education played right into Ian’s creative hands - contact email@example.com to hire Ian for your corporate event or private function.
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