Testarossa University Series

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 led by longtime Testarossa staffer Bob Zamora and resident Certified Sommelier Ryan Smith, who is also our Direct to Consumer Manager. 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.

2019 Fall Series

Wine Basics

Tuesday, October 22 – 6pm
Sunday, October 27 – 1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $35/person

Learn the basics of enjoying California’s favorite beverage. We’ll discuss how to swirl, smell, taste and describe wine. You’ll also learn how we make our wine, the history of our winery, the differences between varietals and places of origin, and what contributes to its wonderful aromas and flavors. Don’t be intimidated- there’s no experience necessary!
RSVP 10/22
RSVP 10/27

Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir Horizontal

Tuesday, October 29 – 6pm
Sunday, November 3 – 1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $60/person

We’ve been producing Pinot Noir from the iconic Rosella’s Vineyard since 2001. Taste several vintages of Testarossa’s wine, as well as other well known producers to learn more about how our winemaking process influences the fruit from this incredible Santa Lucia Highlands growing site.
RSVP 10/29
RSVP 11/3

The 2011 Vintage:  Stellar Wines, Difficult Weather

Tuesday, November 5 – 6pm
Sunday, November 10 – 1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $60/person

The 2011 growing season was difficult, cool and wet. Nonetheless, winemakers skilled in working with cool climate fruit (like our own Bill Brosseau) made stunning wines that are showing at their peak today. Take this rare opportunity to taste a variety of the best wines we made from the 2011 vintage.
RSVP 11/5
RSVP 11/10

Bordeaux Varietal Component Tasting

Tuesday, November 12 – 6pm
Sunday, November 17 – 1pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $75/person

A rare opportunity to taste all of our Bordeaux varietal components individually straight from the barrel! Learn what Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec contribute to our Santa Cruz Mountains “Mountain Select” Red Blend and taste our brand new vintage!
RSVP 11/12
RSVP 11/17

Rosemary’s Vineyard Vertical Tasting

Tuesday, November 19 – 6pm
Sunday, November 24- 1 pm
: Los Gatos Winery
Price: $60/person

Taste every vintage of Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we’ve ever made here at Testarossa! This cool climate growing site, farmed in the Arroyo Grande Valley by the Talley Family, has quickly become a fan favorite. See how this incredible wine has aged and evolved over the years.
RSVP 11/19
RSVP 11/24

Testarossa University is accessible, educational, and most of all, entertaining!
Classes are taught by our knowledgeable and experienced Wine Education team, led by Certified Sommelier Ryan Smith and range from the Basics of Wine to a Tour of the Santa Lucia Highlands. They start at $35/person- contact us to start planning your event today!
Contact Ryan Smith for more information or call us at (408) 357-8062
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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 x31 or concierge@testarossa.com so that we can make the necessary accommodations.

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