Wine Class 10/29/11

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Saturday October 29th from 3:30-5 pm. $30.00 per person.
Because of the great response we’ve had in the past, you must call us with a credit card #. We will sell out and have a waiting list. Therefore if you have to cancel you have to call us no later than Thursday the 27th so we have some time to fill the spot(s). Your card will be charged if you no show.
Please RSVP ASAP 954 922 2910

Wine Class
California’s Abundance

Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for 90 percent of the entire American wine production. The production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.
California is a very geologically diverse region and is equally varied in the range of climates and terroirs that can be found. Most of the state’s wine regions are found between the Pacific coast and the Central Valley. While California’s wine regions can be generally classified as having a Mediterranean climate, there are also regions with more continental climates. Proximity to the Pacific or bays as well as unobstructed access to the cool currents that come off them will dictate the relative coolness of the wine region. Areas surrounded by mountain barriers, like some parts of Sonoma and Napa counties will be warmer due to the lack of this cooling influence. The soil types and landforms of California vary greatly, having been influenced by the plate tectonics of the North American and Pacific Plates. In some areas the soils can be so diverse that vineyards will establish blocks of the same vine variety planted on different soils for the purpose of identifying different blending components. This diversity is one of the reasons why California has so many different and distinct American Viticultural Areas.
Join us, review and taste some of the best California juice

I. Introduction to wine and California Wine
a. California wine history,
b. its Geography,
c. AVA Classification and
d. Labeling Laws.

II. How to taste
Quick review of the steps of analytical tastings

III. Tasting and Regions
Review of California Regions
North Coast: Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Mendociono, Russian River
Central Coast: Edna, Livermore, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez Valleys
Central Valley: Alta Mesa, Lodi
South Coast: Saddle Rock, Malibu, Temecula
Sierra Foothills: El Dorado, Shenandoah Valley
And 10 California wines to taste

IV. Final Remarks and Questions

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