While we offer a ton of great class formats for our various curricula, there's nothing quite like our California Wine Appellation Specialist® Intensive program. This past weekend, we closed the book on another concentrated three days of learning with a great group of enthusiastic students.
With 25 hours of learning and 66 wines tasted, it's hard not to come out of the weekend feeling like an expert on our state's diverse wine production and the factors that make California a top player in the global wine industry.
We were joined by two very special guests including winegrower for Clos de La Tech, David Goldfarb, and George Weber, the Sonoma actor who plays Agoston Haraszthy, 'The Count of Buena Vista'. Both added some dynamism to our discussion of their respective wine regions.
Saturday Night brought a 5-course Food and Wine Playing Dinner, which is always a highlight of the weekend program. Conceived and collaborated on by Master Sommelier David Glancy and Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin, each course was paired with selections from regions discussed in class. Sitting down with this tight-knit group to relax, taste and enjoy our new knowledge while savoring Chef's amazing food was the perfect complement to the rigorous class schedule.
Check out some photos of the weekend below, and join us for the next CWAS® Intensive coming in December!
No one went thirsty :)
Master Sommelier David Glancy photo-bombing the lunch bevvies
For the Wine Playing Dinner, our classroom was transformed into an
elegant dining room, roaring fire and all
Menu by Chef Danae McLaughlin
Strawberry Caprese Bites
Shaved Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon and Eggs Mimosa
Alaskan Cod with Fresh Corn and French Pea Succotash
Braised Beef Short Rib with Caramelized Shallots, Roasted Marble Potatoes, Baby Heirloom Carrots and Red Wine Jus
Chocolate Mousse Tart with Hazelnut Crust