MARCH 2017 – DECEMBER 2017

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.

Wednesday March 8th, 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Sauvignon Blanc – Are you Savvy?

Sauvignon Blanc is usually quite distinctive and has been one of the easier varietal wines to recognize by its often sharp, aggressive smell. The varietal identity of Sauvignon Blanc is typically similar to grass, bell-pepper, or grapefruit in nature. New Zealanders liken it to “gooseberry”, but that is not a familiar smell or taste to most North Americans. We taste a variety of Sauvignon Blanc from the various wine regions of the world including the Okanagan.

April 12th, 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Wine from Spain – Far from Ordinary

Spain is an ancient wine-producing country that vies with France and Italy as the number-one wine producer in the world. Spain’s wine heritage is at least three thousand years old; vineyards in today’s Sherry region were planted by the Phoenicians around 1,100 BC. Wines from vines grown along the sunny Mediterranean coast and the cooler Atlantic coast were traded and consumed by the Romans. This tasting will focus on the regions of Spain and the wines Spain is famous for.

May 10th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
The Flavors of France

For hundreds of years, France basked in the reputation of being the world’s greatest producer of wines. Today, that reputation is being rivalled by other wine-growing nations on four continents and the French wine industry is facing new challenges. From Alsace to Roussillon we explore the regions of French wine production and taste a variety of styles.

June 14th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
A Little Italy

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Its contribution is about 45–50 million hl per year, and represents about ⅓ of global production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. We will taste a selection of wines representing the various growing regions Italy is famous for.

September 13th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Cool Wines of Chile

Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. This tasting will present a cross section of wines from the diverse regions of this unique country.

October 11th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Down under Australia

The Australian wine industry is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international export market with only about 40% of production consumed domestically. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism. This tasting explores the grape varietals Australia is well known for.

November 8th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
California Calling

Almost three quarters the size of France, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production. The production of wine in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world’s fourth largest producer. The state’s viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine for Mass. Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations with distribution around the globe. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel are just some of the wines we will be tasting.

December 13th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Sipping the Stars

Champagne and its invention has long been synonymous with the French monk Dom Perignon but, in fact, it was an English invention 150 years earlier. Most wine regions worldwide produce sparkling wine using various methods of production with regional grape varieties. This tasting will explore and taste the various styles of sparkling wines, their history and the production methods used.