Sip on fine sparkling beverages from around the world as you boost your champagne IQ

The Foundry

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What You'll Do

With its delicate taste and tantalizing carbonation, champagne has long been a byword for luxury. But there's more to the drink than fancy parties and bubbly showers for racecar champs—it possesses all the subtleties of grape type, production climate, and fermentation strategies inherent in any wine. With International Master of Wine Joel Butler—a 40-year veteran of the industry—you'll explore the range of modern bubblies, tasting eight varieties from around the globe. In addition to training your tongue, Joel will cover the best ways to serve the effervescent beverage and give a demo on sabering, the flashy trick of opening a bottle with the stroke of a long blade.

  • Taste Sparkling Wines from Around the World
    Sip eight different varieties of sparkling wine, discerning the differences that make each unique

  • Learn from a Master
    Enjoy your drink as 40-year wine industry veteran Joel Butler explains what sets expensive bottles apart and guides taste buds toward unique flavor notes

  • Champagne-Serving Tips
    Learn the best ways to serve sparkling wine to guests and see firsthand how an expert "sabers" a bottle of bubbly

Each event is capped at 30 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Joel Butler Joel Butler
Wine Master

There may be no drink more tied to the land and its history than wine, so its fitting that it was a master's in European history that led Joel Butler to his current oenophilic career. While traveling the Continent, he became fascinated with the different regions' unique varieties of wine, eventually becoming one of the first two International Masters of Wine certified at the organization's North American branch. Today, Joel continues to combine his passion for history with his zeal for wine. He's even written a history of the drink in ancient and modern-day biblical lands.


Where You'll Meet

Named after its original function as a copper and steel manufactory, The Foundry ensconces visitors in a combination of industrial design and modern luxury. Delicate chandeliers hang from the exposed-concrete ceiling, intermingling with serpentine air ducts above guests enjoying sips of champagne.


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    The Foundry

    4130 1st Ave.

    Seattle, Washington 98134

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In a Nutshell

International Master of Wine walks tasters through 8 varieties of sparkling beverages from around the globe before covering serving tips

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 5 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. If SideTour adjusts the price: Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Sniff, swirl, and sip the heady juices of the noble grape