About as much fun as you can have wine tasting!  We pour 3 wines blind, tell you what they are… and what they smell like/taste like… but not which glass they are in!  You work with your team to guess the right answers… and we play WORLD TRIVA and MUSIC NAME THAT TUNE… at the same time…. This class helps develop those key tasting notes to help identify wines…. its fast, its fun… its delicious!!!  Build your palate - reinforce what you know - or learn it for the first time. Tasting wine blind, using our sensory table to discover the way things smell in wine…. and learn one taste at a time.

  • Aroma Training
  • Tasting Vocabulary
  • Old World Detection
  • New World Characteristics
  • Alcohol
  • Oak
  • Fruit
  • Place
  • Vintage Variation

Understand more and build your palate!


Sample Wine List


crazy whites

2014 Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling, Frankland River, Australia 2013

2014 Loring Wine Company - LWC Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, USA

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015

Steinmetz Und Hermann Alte Reben Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015

Crazy whites flight two: lees me alone

2014 Malavasi Lugana, Lombardy, Italy

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette Monopole Blanc, Cote Chalonnaise, France 2012

2010 Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Margaret River, Australia

Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2011

2010 Chateau Haut-Lagrange, Pessac Leognan, France

Bokisch Vineyards Vista Luna Vineyards Garnacha Blanca,
Borden Ranch, USA 2015


2010 D'Alfonso-Curran Wines Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills, USA

Domaine Chandon de Briailles Ile des Vergelesses,
Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru, France 2007

Domaine Yvon Clerget Clos du Verseuil Monopole, Volnay Premier Cru, France 2005

Jean-Pierre Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges, Cote de Nuits, France 1993

Pinot or Syrah - whats the difference?

2010 Chateau du Courlat Cuvee Jean-Baptiste, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, France

Bernardus Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA 2013

2012 Bacio Divino Cellars Pazzo, Napa Valley, USA

Cakebread Cellars Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, USA 2014

2014 Passalacqua Winery Watson Ranch Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma, USA

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Syrah, Napa Valley, USA 2004

Can you VINTAGE a guess?

2012 Paul Anheuser Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Spatlese, Nahe, Germany

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, USA 2004

2013 Henri Darnat Bourgogne 'La Jumalie' Chardonnay, Burgundy, France

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, USA 2006

1999 Domaine Aux Moines Savennieres La Roche aux Moines, Loire, France

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, USA 2002

Big bold and beautiful

2015 Feudo Maccari Grillo Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy

Robert Biale Vineyards Napa Ranches Zinfandel, Napa Valley, USA 2000

2013 Eleven Eleven Chardonnay Russian River Valley, Dutton Ranch, USA

Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, USA 2010

2010 Domaine Francois Lamarche Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, France

The Prisoner, Napa Valley 2011


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