Tutored wine tastings are a great way to learn more about wine in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Tastings cover a broad spectrum of wine regions and the wines they produce. All one needs is an open mind and an interest in wine thereby developing a comfort zone with wine knowledge and tasting ability.

Your host, Paul Clark, is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) with over 30 years of experience in the wine industry. Paul was an instructor at Okanagan College and instrumental in developing the educational wine programming for the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.

For all events, there is a $10 attendance fee that goes to Autism Kelowna.

New Zealand – Land of Diversity
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Wine making and vine growing go back to colonial times in New Zealand. British Resident and keen oenologist James Busby was, as early as 1836, attempting to produce wine at his land in Waitangi. In 1851 New Zealand’s oldest existing vineyard was established by French Roman Catholic missionaries at Mission Estate in Hawke’s Bay. We will taste a selection of wines including Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir that made this wine country famous.

South Africa – Wines of Origin
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The roots of the South African wine industry can be traced to the explorations of the Dutch East India Company, which established a supply station in what is now Cape Town. A Dutch surgeon, Jan van Riebeeck, was assigned the task of managing the station and planting vineyards to produce wines and grapes. This was intended to ward off scurvy amongst sailors during their voyages along the spice route to India and the East. The first harvest and crushing took place in 1659, seven years after the landing in 1652. We will be tasting a selection of wines including Chenin Blanc and Pinotage that are the main stays of this historic wine region.

Germany – Cool Climate – Cool Wines
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Viticulture in present-day Germany dates back to Ancient Roman times, to sometime from 70 to 270 CE/AD. In those days, the western parts of today’s Germany made up the outpost of the Roman empire against the Germanic tribes on the other side of Rhine. What is generally considered Germany’s oldest city, Trier, was founded as a Roman garrison and is situated directly on the river Moselle (Mosel) in the eponymous wine region. This tasting will focus on grape varietals that were developed for this cool growing wine region including Rieslings and Pinot Noir.

Portugal – Not Just Any Port
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703. This wine producing country has extreme heat and bitter cold seasons. We will taste the wines are unique to Portugal including their signature Port style wine.

Argentina – National Liquor
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Argentine wine, as with some aspects of Argentine cuisine, has its roots in Spain. During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in 1557, and the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighbouring regions, and then to other parts of the country. Wines produced in Argentina are designed to pair with their cuisine; rich and flavourful. We will taste the wines that make Argentina so unique.

Rose – Summer Sippers
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

When the first wine labeled as a rosé was produced is not known but it is very likely that many of the earliest red wines made were closer in appearance to today’s rosés than they would be to modern red wines. This is because many of the winemaking techniques used to make today’s darker, more tannic red wines (such as extended maceration and harder pressing) were not widely practiced in ancient winemaking. Both red and white wine grapes were often pressed soon after harvest, with very little maceration time, by hand, feet or even sack cloth creating juice that was only lightly pigmented. This tasting will focus on a selection of Rose wines from various wine producing regions and countries that are both unique and refreshing.