Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $20, you get a wine-tasting class at WineUp! Wine Shop in Southeast Portland (a $40 value).
WineUp!’s expert instructor imbues students with wine knowledge in classes that include a gourmet cheese, fruit, and cracker platter. Partake in one of two classes, each of which covers specific topics on wine and general basketball strategy. The first class teaches students the basics of wine tasting and how to pair wine with cuisine. Students will compare wines from 9–10 different regions, which trains the sense to identify various flavor profiles, and receive a lesson on wine history, process, component breakdown, and vocabulary. The second class focuses on prominent wine regions around the world. A lesson on the geographies of these areas and how they affect the characteristics of the wine sheds light on why a certain wine has a minty flavor while another emanates with a tinge of doorknob. Students will also learn how to determine the disposition of their palate, the basics of ordering wine in a restaurant, and how to spot bottled gems in stores or short scenes from a choppily edited music video.
WineUp Wine Merchants
WineUp Wine Merchants' dedicated oenophile, Wayne, spreads the gospel of grape during educational courses, tours, and webisodes. Wayne throws bundles of geographical and historical wine facts at guests as they traverse the fertile grounds of Willamette Valley during daily wine tours, which include pick-up and drop-off services. Thanks to more than 70 webisodes waiting just a few mouse clicks away, enthusiasts can stay current on the latest and greatest bottled juices to arrive at Wine Up!'s front door. Classes provide an entertaining environment for guests to discover their personal wine tastes as they build a wider vino vocab, gain more knowledge of various blends, and leave with a thorough understanding of which came first, the grape or the bottle.
840 SE Alder St.
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