For many off us, the end of summer means school’s about to begin. Either for yourself or someone in your family, this may mean early mornings and horrible lunches. What if this year was different? Imagine going back to school to learn about alcohol! Below are a few wine-class options you don’t want to miss.
Dunes – Back Bay Bistro is partnering with OC Wine School: Held once a month for $75, this partnership showcases the best wines from a particular region, pairing them with regional appetizers. On Thursday, Oct. 1, you’ll learn about the wines of Piedmont & Tuscany.
Peter Neptune School of Wine: Run by Master Sommelier Peter Neptune, this school is in SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa and offers various classes for both the novice and expert. From blind-tasting workshops to certifications, Neptune teaches it all. Class prices vary.
The Wine Lab @ The Camp: Hidden within the confines of The Camp in Costa Mesa lies a beautiful room called the Wine Lab. It’s the perfect place to contemplate a fine glass of wine and relax with close friends after work. Classes are held monthly here, and on Sept. 30, Wine Lab will be tasting five delicious new wines from Alta Colina, a family winery in Paso Robles. $22
Michael’s on Naples in Long Beach: On Sept. 28, Michael’s monthly wine-tasting will feature winemaker Massimo Alois, representing the fine and rare wines of Campania, Italy. $35 per person.
Wine School Supplies
The best part about going back to school is buying new supplies. Don’t forget to stock up on these must-haves:
The Leather Bound Journal—Whether you’re planning on becoming the next Robert Parker Jr. or just enjoy doodling in class. A leather bound journal is necessary for all your beautiful wine notes.
Riedel Wine Glasses—Any excuse to buy new glasses and I’ll take it. My favorites from Riedel are the Ouverture Magnum Red. These glasses are like your favorite jeans, not too big or too small.
Wine Aroma Kit—Need help finding the aroma of mulberry and cassis during your next blind-tasting? The Wine Awakenings kit can certainly help.