Use your palate to identify the qualities, appellation, and vintage of eight local California wines.

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In a Nutshell

Using eight of his favorite varieties, Fred Swan shows you how to identify a wine’s quality and taste like a pro

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What You’ll Do

There's an entire story begging to be told within a single sip of wine. With a trained palate, you can discern a wine's region of origin, the grapes from which it was made, and the different processes used to create the final bottle—if you have the right tools. Master sommelier Fred Swan teaches you these skills as you taste eight of his favorites, revealing their unique features and explaining how to distinguish them from one another, as well as what separates quality wines from the rest.

Wine Tasting
Sample eight of fine wine sommelier Fred Swan’s favorite varieties

Learn to Read a Wine's Story
Fred teaches you how to analyze a wine's legs, body, nose, and other markers to understand the varietal's features, such as its region of origin and age

Each event is capped at 18 participants; each event requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Fred Swan Fred Swan
Fine Wine Sommelier

Whether it’s teaching consumers, sommeliers, or winery staff, Fred Swan is one of the few California grape savants who are recognized across all facets of the industry. As a certified sommelier and California Wine Appellation Specialist, Fred is in the know about the region’s best bottles and wineries. He regularly pens articles that focus on California varieties, and received a fellowship from the Symposium of Professional Wine Writers.

Where You’ll Meet

While working to enrich Jewish life and promote Jewish identity in the neighborhood, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco offers services and education to all—from life coaching and cooking to dance classes and weight training.

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