Pacific Northwest wine school for professionals and enthusiasts
cheers@wineandspiritarchive.com / 503-764-7698
Tuesdays, September 11, 18 and 25, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm

4 (of 16) Spaces available. 

215 SE 9th Ave #204

Portland, Oregon​​​​

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Wednesdays, January 9, 16 and 23, 6:30-8:30pm, 2019

16 (of 16) Spaces available. 

215 SE 9th Ave #204

Portland, Oregon​​​​

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Introduction to Wine Series

$165 Tuition / $145 for Members



This 3-session introductory wine course covers the basics of wine from a simple perspective: you will learn about wine by tasting wine. By the end of this course, you will be well armed to go into any wine store or restaurant and confidently select a style that you want.


About the instructor: Mimi Martin is director of The Wine & Spirit Archive and holds the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits.


Session 1: Big Seven Varieties
The Fundamentals of Tasting

This class covers the basics of analyzing, tasting and discussing wines through a comparison and tasting of the "big seven varieties." Learn the techniques that wine professionals use to distinguish these varieties from one another and how to identify differences in color, body, aroma, acidity, sweetness and tannin.


Session 2: Aromas and Flavors
Expanding Your Wine Vocabulary

In this class, you will expand your wine tasting techniques and vocabulary and further your ability to discuss and identify different wines. Using side-by-side comparisons, learn to identify qualities and aromas such as butter, oak, floral, grassy and minerality.


Session 3: Tasting Terroir
Completing the Picture

In this class, you will learn how to identify a wine's place of origin including differences between Old World and New World wines, cool climate and warm climate and wines and concluding with a quality tasting.