Pacific Northwest wine school for professionals and enthusiasts
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Sunday, May 3, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm

Reception and book signing to follow. 

14 (of 16) Spaces Available.

3319 SE 50th Ave

Portland, OR

Adventures on the China Wine Trail

$60 tuition / $54 for Members and Member Guests

Wine made in . . . China? Until recently, for most people, at best, it didn’t exist. Or at worst, as some wine writers complained in their tasting notes, it was reminiscent of “ash tray, coffee grounds, and urinal crust.” Then a 2009 Chinese red won Best Bordeaux Varietal. Could China take over the wine world as well? In this class, Cynthia Howson and Pierre Ly will take you on their journey to explore how Chinese wine went from being ignored and ridiculed to earning gold medals and praise by famous critics in less than a decade. And of course, there will be a blind tasting, with non-Chinese wines in the lineup to see if you can find them. 


About the instructors:Pierre and Cynthia met in an elevator in Bangladesh in 2004. Since then, they have followed each other studying economic development and searching for new adventures in culture, food, and wine. Cynthia is senior lecturer in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. Pierre is associate professor and director of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound, where he teaches a popular course about the Idea of Wine. Cynthia and Pierre’s new book (February 2020), “Adventures on the China Wine Trail: How Farmers, Local Governments, Teachers, and Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the Wine World”, will be available for sale (and signing) after class.