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by Fred McMillin
109. Xmas—Give a Wine Course
The Wine Spectator says..."Imaginative Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers: In the S.F. Bay area, give a Fred McMillin wine course."
The Wine Courses
If you like the Wine Spectator suggestion, here are the spring semester courses to consider.
All classes are on Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm in San Francisco.
Feb. 3, 10 & 24—Wine Fundamentals— Examine and taste 60 wines that illustrate the basics of viticulture and winemaking. San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning, phone (415) 405-7777. $90
Mar. 3 & 10—Wine Fundamentals— Examine and taste 40 wines to learn the five categories of wines, the major wine grapes of the world, etc. City College of San Francisco, Ft. Mason Campus, phone (415) 561-1840. $50
Mar 24 & 31—Taste The Terms— Jammy, legs, balance. Examine and taste 40 wines that illustrate most of the terms the experts use. City College of San Francisco, Fort Mason Campus, phone (415) 561-1840. $50
April 21 & 28—Older vs. Recent Vintages - Discuss and taste 20 pairs of wines that illustrate how different types of wines change as they age. Also at Ft. Mason, (415) 561-1840. $50
May 5, 12 & 19—Imports vs. California Counterparts - Examine and taste 30 pairs of wines that illustrate how California wines compare with their counterparts from Burgundy, New Zealand, Bordeaux, South Africa, Tasmania, etc. San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning, phone (415)405-7777. $90
Each class in each course inclundes one or more blockbuster bottles. For example, one of the first spring classes will include the $100 Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by Beaulieu. (photo of BV founder De Latour)
An e-mail just came in as I'm typing this. "Enjoyed the course very much and learned a lot! Please send wine ratings from the final class." ...L. Torraco
This page created December 2000