Testarossa University

 

Fall Series

 

Wine Basics - Wednesday, Oct 4 - $30

Wine should be fun and enjoyable, not intimidating. Learn the basics of swirling, smelling, tasting, and describing wine. We’ll also learn about how wine is made, and where do all of those wonderful aromas and flavors come from. Reservations neded

 

Burgundy versus California Pinot Noir - Wednesday, Oct 11 - $55

The historic home of fine Pinot Noir is the Burgundy region of France, but it has been challenged in recent decades by Pinot Noir from California.  Pinot Noir, and its delicate nature, is the ideal grape to compare regional differences – Old World versus New World. Let’s explore the earthiness and minerality of Burgundy and lush fruit forward and spicy California Pinot Noir. (SOLD OUT)

 

Demystifying Blind Tasting - Wednesday, Oct 18 - $50

Learn how sommeliers use the deductive tasting method to identify wines based on sight, aroma and flavor alone. Far from a mystical secret procedure, these techniques can be used by wine lovers of any level of experience to increase their blind tasting skill, as well as improving the ability to discern structure, aromatic and flavor components of wine. We will also help map these basic guidelines onto the major wine styles of the world, including, of course, California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Led by Ryan Smith, Certified Sommelier and DTC manager, and Bob Zamora, Testarossa Winery Educator.  (SOLD OUT)

Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation - Wednesday, Nov 1 - $45

Learn about Americas’ first elevation based appellation. The Santa Cruz Mountains has played an important role in the history of winemaking in California, with roots going back to the mid-1800’s, with legendary winemakers such as Paul Masson, and Martin Ray.Recognized as an AVA in 1981, the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation was among the first to be defined by its mountain topography. We will take a virtual tour from the north, near Woodside, to Corralitos in the south. Reservation needed.

The Science behind Wine - Wednesday, Nov 8 - $35

Science is not only for nerds. Our Production Team's Technical Director Bill Snyder and Wine Educator Bob Zamora will help you understand some of the science behind wines and winemaking. We will also taste some cellar experiments and learn about the chemistry behind wine, such as how sugar and acid effect wine. Reservation needed.

California Appellation Tour - Wednesday, November 15 - $50

Let’s take a virtual tour and compare the 6 different appellations that make up Testarossa's single vineyard wines. With wine in our glasses we’ll “visit” the Russian River, Santa Lucia Highlands, Chalone, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and south to Sta. Rita Hills. We will discuss the unique climates, soils, and marine influences that make these regions so special. Reservation needed.