Testarossa University

Testarossa Winery strives to keep things fresh when it comes to satisfying your thirst for wine knowledge. Thus the institution of Testarossa University, our year-round series of wine classes taught by our team of knowledgeable wine educators. Curriculum topics range from the basics of wine tasting to winemaking, including the science behind winemaking, deep dives into the terroir of different appellations and vineyards, vertical and horizontal tastings, clonal comparisons and more!

Wine Club member discounts apply. Advanced reservations required.

Pinot Noir – California and Oregon

California and Oregon are two places where Pinot Noir thrives. In this class we will taste through Pinot Noir from both areas and compare and discuss soils, climates, history and wine making all while sipping on some fantastic wines!

Wednesday,
August 10th,
5 – 7pm
$75

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Oak and It’s Influence on Wine

In this class we will explore why oak has such a large role in wine making. We will discuss different types of oak, oak aging, toast levels, different forests. We will taste through some barrels samples and some great wines!

Wednesday,
August 17th,
5 – 7pm
$65

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Welcome Rancho La Viña and a Santa Rita Hills Tasting

In this class we will get a sneak peek at our newest vineyard partner, Rancho La Vina! We will also taste some cool climate, terrior driven wines from this AVA, learn about the history (which begins on the ocean), the soils, and the climate. Join us for this fun and educational class!

Wednesday,
September 14th,
5 – 7pm
$75

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Harvest Update

In this class we will follow two vineyards and taste some very young wines in tank, some wines aging in barrels, current wines and then some beautifully aged library wines.  Very fun educational and interactive class!  See you there!

Wednesday,
September 21st,
5 – 7pm
$75

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Tasting Tips and Techniques with Master Sommelier Randy Bertao

In this fun and educational class Randy will be sharing some tips and techniques to help us better understand what is in the glass we are drinking. We will be exploring more than the basics of wine tasting such as how a wine is structured and how that impacts your enjoyment. This class will help you identify why you like certain wines, how to describe them, and discover other wines you may enjoy. This class is designed for all levels of wine tasters and not to be missed! Bring your questions! We have a Master Somm in the house!

Wednesday,
October 12th,
5 – 7pm
$85

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Rosella’s Vineyard Vertical

A vertical of one of most beloved vineyards at Testarossa! Join us as we take a look back at Rosella’s Vineyard. We will talk about what makes this vineyard so special and drink some fabulous wines too!

Wednesday,
October 26th,
5 – 7pm
$85

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Wine Sensory and Descriptors Class

In this class we will learn how to identify wine flavors and aromas. We will smell, taste and explore food and non-food descriptors commonly found in wine with an interactive sensory table! We will use our new found skills tasting through some great wines. An experience not to be missed!

Wednesday,
November 9th,
5 – 7pm
$75

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Big Bold Reds

In this class we will taste through delicious wines for the cooler weather. Wines that are great for holiday pairing or sitting in front of the fireplace. Bold Pinot Noir, Cabernet, big Red Blends, Rioja, Malbec. We will learn about these wines and where the best expressions of the grapes come from wines that make us feel warm and cozy!

Wednesday,
November 16th,
5 – 7pm
$75

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Lab

What pairs better than wine and cheese? Join us as we taste various artisan cheeses with some of our favorite Testarossa wines ( this will be hard to choose!), and learn about the art of pairing. We will also discuss some tips for making the perfect cheese board. This is one of our most popular Testarossa University classes! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday,
November 30th,
5 – 7pm
$75

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No minors are allowed at ticketed events. Due to our historic setting, most of the experiences typically require use of stairs to access certain areas of the winery. Please alert us of any guests with disabilities by calling our concierge at (408) 354-6150 x131 or concierge@testarossa.com so that we can make the necessary accommodations.

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