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Wine Class

To help wine lovers to appreciate wine better, we have designed wine classes of the following topics. The classes are two hours each. The tutor will guide the participants to taste and analyze 4 wines that are selected to fit the theme of the topics.

  • An Introduction to Wine Appreciation
  • Behind the Label – Bordeaux Red Wines
  • French Wines beyond Bordeaux
  • Old World versus New World (I) – Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand
  • Old World versus New World (II) – Germany, Italy, USA, South America

We also offer classes of special topics (in Cantonese, Putonghua or English) specified by corporate clients or groups.

An Introduction to Wine Appreciation

Many wine lovers, even the very experienced ones, have difficulty in describing a wine they taste and communicating to their friends.

We will show you how to evaluate a wine by its color, aroma and taste. You will learn the proper terms of wine tasting. These are the techniques used by wine critics and wine professionals.

By the end of the class, you will know how Robert Parker scores a wine.

The key objective of this class is to learn how you may train yourself to be a better taster. Four wines will be tasted to demonstrate the technique.

The class covers:

  • How to read the color of a wine? What does the color tell you?
  • Why is the ‘nose’ the most important tool in wine tasting? How to use our nose effectively?
  • What is the Body, Balance etc. of a wine?
  • How does Robert Parker score a wine?

Duration: 2 hours

Behind the Label – Bordeaux Red Wines

There are many Bordeaux wines available on the market. The prices range from $50 to $500+ a bottle. Bordeaux fine wines can easily be priced at above HK$5,000. As a consumer, how do we know what wine to choose in a wine shop? How do you ensure that we pay what we suppose to get in terms of quality?

You will gain enough confidence in choosing a Bordeaux wine, when you visit the wine shop next time.

The class covers:

  • The pronunciation of main wines and sub-regions in Bordeaux.
  • How to identify the quality levels of a Bordeaux wine from its label?
  • Are all AOC wines good wines?
  • What are Left Bank and Right Bank of Bordeaux? What are the differences in their wine styles?
  • If you see a “Grand Cru” Bordeaux wine in a supermarket being priced at $100+, is it value for money?
  • What are the factors that determine the price of a Bordeaux wine?

Four wines from different regions of Bordeaux will be tasted so as to enhance your understanding on Bordeaux Wine.

Duration: 2.5 hours

French Wines beyond Bordeaux

The top Burgundy red wines are a few times more expensive than that of Bordeaux. Rhone Valley has wines made from so many grape varieties than what you can imagine. The launching of Beaujolais Nouveau is a big annual event in every November. Languedoc is a rapidly growing wine region……. You may want to find out more about these to become a smarter consumer.

The class covers:

  • Find out what wines you drink are made from grape varieties originated from France?
  • How to understand the simple but complicated Burgundy?
  • Introduction to Chablis, Cote d’Or, Cote Chalonnais, Maconnais and Beaujolas.
  • Rhone Valley wines can rival that of Bordeaux: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, and Chateauneuf du Pape.
  • The upcoming star – Languedoc.

Four wines from Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Languedoc will be tasted.

Duration: 2 hours

Old World versus New World

France as the leader in wine is being challenged by the New World countries, such as Australia, New Zealand and Chile. On the other hand, the Old World countries in Europe have many good wines that have not been fully explored by the consumers. Do we know where we may look in order to find the good wines of these countries?

Old World versus New World (I) – Spain, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand

Old World versus New World (II) – Germany, Italy, USA, South America

Old World versus New World (I) – Spain, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand

In this class, we will introduce the most important wine regions of Spain, the born of Port in Portugal. We will also learn how to select a good bottle of wine from Australia and New Zealand.

The class covers:

  • This was where the French came to find good wines – Catalunya, Rioja and Ribera del Duero
  • How did Port become one of the favorite wines of the British?
  • How did the native Rhone Valley grape varieties bring to a new height by the Australian?
  • How did New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc become the new world standard of this varietal wine?

We will taste four wines. Three come from Spain, Australia and New Zealand, together with a Port.

Duration: 2 hours

Old World versus New World (II) – Germany, Italy, USA, South America

We will explore the kingdom of white wines – Germany, the tradition and creativity of the Italian, the key wines of USA and South America.

The class covers:

  • Why is Germany able to produce some of the best white wines in the world?
  • How to avoid the low quality German wines?
  • Where do you find the fine wines of Italy?
  • How is the wine industry in USA related to that of Italy?
  • Chile and Argentina: look for Value for Money and avoid the traps.

Four wines, two each from the New and Old Worlds, will be tasted.

Duration: 2 hours

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