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Learn to talk terroir and exhort the élevage of a terrific trocken with a wine course from Estrela Bartending School. Estrela’s fun and energetic fermented grape experts will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine in an introduction to wine class or a course on perfecting your palate in the wine and hospitality class.
Oenophobia—the fear of wine—paralyzes seven dinner party attendees each year. Now there’s hope. In the introduction to wine class, learn how to buy, store, and serve superb chardonnays, zinfandels, merlots, pinot noirs, and muscats. You’ll get valuable tips on buying the right wine for a special occasion, how to order wine in restaurants, and how to read wine labels. Plus you get a brief history of wine, including what makes the wine-growing regions of the world unique and how many corks the average wine drinker can fit in his or her right ear canal. The wine and hospitality course cultivates epicurean expertise by teaching you to cook and eat with wine. You’ll learn how to pair wine and cheese and wine and chocolate and how to drink red, white, and sparkling wine with main courses. Along the way, you get plenty of great recipes and figure out winning flavors for the future.
Classes start at 6 p.m. on weekdays a few times a month (click here to see the schedule). This Groupon is a better deal than the $25 special on Estrela’s site, which requires you to bring a friend. The classroom is an inviting lounge with warm tones, comfortable leather couches, and wood tables. Estrela Bartending School was started by Tom Lucas, formerly of Cherry Creek Grill, and just opened in July. It’s registered with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and ready to deliver mixology and the art of entertaining to Denver.
Estrela Bartending School opened in July, so it’s still pretty new. Check out its Facebook page to see what some of Estrela’s 70 fans are saying about it.
Wine for Beginners
Many inexperienced wine drinkers are intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant. With the following basic knowledge, you can impress friends and order like a pro:
- Wine is a liquid made from fermented grapes that can be measured by volume, which is fixed by its temperature and pressure.
- Wine bottles did not receive their distinctive shape to conform to the shape of wine. Instead, wine consists of molecules spaced far enough apart from each other that its shape must conform to the shape of its containers.
- If wine is at rest in a uniform gravitational field, the pressure P at any point is given by P = PGZ where:
P = the density of the liquid (assumed constant)
G = gravity
Z = the depth of the point below the surface