Blind Wine Tasting Basics
Learn about the physiology of taste and how to evaluate acidity, tannin, residual sugar (RS) and other structural elements of wine. Start building your wine description vocabulary. Attend this fun session to gain confidence in knowing what kind of wines you like and how to describe them. Or use this as the start of your journey in preparing for entry to mid-level wine exams.

Monday, August 18, 2014 from 6-9pm The Club at Wingtip, SF $125

Cognac Master Class: Elaboration & Essence
Penetrate the elusive mysteries of the world’s greatest and most iconic brandy in a dynamic tasting of nine cognacs specially selected to reveal the intricacies of terroir and the profound effects of maturation. You’ll learn the history of Cognac along with a close study of the terroir and process that determines the nature of the spirit, and experience the results of distillation, maturation and blending…all through tasting the cognacs. Taste & Compare the celebrated crus of Cognac; sample the VS, VSOP and XO styles, and enjoy a tour through the “Seasons of Cognac” achieved through the skill and artistry of the Master Blender. Curated by Hoke Harden, B.N.I.C. Certified Cognac Instructor, Taste & Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits and Food.

Monday Aug 18th, 2014 from 1-4pm The Club at Wingtip, SF $125


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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