Course: Introduction to wine
Wednesdays Sept 26th and October 3 – 10 – 17 – 24
The Intro course will help you better understand wine by covering the major steps of winemaking, its raw material (vine and grape), the art of tasting and its vocabulary, the service of wine including glassware and cellaring. We will also discuss the most important international grape varieties, wine categories, wine and food pairings and obviously taste three (3) wines every evening.
Workshop – The art of tasting
Tuesday October 16th 2018
The art of tasting : Come discover how to taste wines. Understand what to look, smell and taste for ! Increased vocabulary will facilatate communicating your opinion. See how easy the art of tasting becomes with simple basic information. With better knowledge of wine tasting and its vocabulary, comes highten appreciation and enjoyment. Tasting of 4 wines : 2 whites and 2 reds.
WORKSHOP – Red Grape Varieties
Red grape varieties : characteristics of 10 red grape varieties
Tuesday November 6th 2018
Red grape varieties : characteristics of 10 red grape varieties : in this workshop we analyze the different characteristics and aging potential of ten (10) well known and reputed red varieties. Tasting of 4 red wines from different grape varieties. Example : cabernet sauvignon, syrah, sangiovese and pinot noir.
WORKSHOP – SAKE
November 8th 2018
Sake has become a very trendy beverage in North America and is growing rapidly in our Quebec market. Since Asian and especially Japanase cuisine is quite popular, it enhances consumer curiosity for this surprising fermented rice beverage. All aspects of this noble beverage will be explained by Sake sommelière Kuniko Fujita during this seminar: ingredients, production, styles, service and food pairings. Come and discover a variety of high quality Sakes. A tasting of six sakes paired with selected bouchées will help you understand the diversity of this reputed Japanese beverage.
Nigori: Manotsuru Countless Visions Junmai Ginjo Nigori
Honjozo: Niizawa Jojo Ten Atagono Matsu Honjozo
Junmai: Masumi Okuden Kanzukuri
Junmai Ginjo: Niiwaza Shuzo Ten Hakurakusei Junmai Ginjo
Daiginjo: Okonumatsu Sakura Daiginjo
Junmai Daiginjo: Niiwaza Shuzo Ten Hakurakusei Junmai Daiginjo
WORKSHOP – Wine & Food Pairings
Wine and food pairings technique
Tuesday November 27th 2018
This workshop is a presentation of a simple and easy to apply pairing technique that will help you create better wine and food matches. Also covered are mistakes to avoid, classic pairings and a few tricks for increased compatability. A tasting of 3 wines with food pairings.
Course : Wines of France Block 1
Wednesdays Nov 28th and December 5th and 12th
We will cover history, grape varieties, appellations, classifications and vintages from these reputed French wine regions. A tasing of three wines will be served every evening.
WHISKY NEW STYLES WORKSHOP
November 29th 2018
Scotch Whisky has enormously evolved in the last decade. The Single/Pure Malt Scotch Whisky industry has created many new styles and cuvées of this trendy spirit: Cask Strength, Double Matured, Vintage dated, Organic, Blended Malt, Single Barrel… Every aspect of these new styles of Scotch Whisky will be covered during this seminar. A selection of 6 whiskies will be served and explained. Come and discover these novelties of the Single Malt Scotch Whisky industry.
Douglas Laing Rock Oyster Islands, Islay Blended malt
Kilchoman 2009 Vintage Islay
Highland Harvest Organic Sauternes Finish, London & Scottish Int. Ltd
Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Single Malt Speyside
Auchentoshan American Oak Lowlands
Compass Box The Spice Tree Scotch Blended Malt, Highlands
WORKSHOP – Sparkling vs Champagne
Tuesday December 11th 2018
Sparkling wines are very trendy. In this workshop we explain the differences between the many types of sparkling wines produced in the wine world. Sparkling vs Champagne? Is Champagne really in a class of its own? The winemaking techniques and styles of sparkling/Champagne wines will be explained. Come discover these effervescent wines and better understand why they are so popular/trendy. Tasting of 3 sparkling wines including a Champagne