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Essences and Essentials: The Basic of Wine Tasting in Four Parts

We will be joining the LA Wine Elite at the Redd Collection in Culver City for an afternoon of wine education & fun.

We will start the afternoon with a fundamental understanding of the elements of wine and all the basic tools we will need to begin tasting knowledgeably. We’ll enjoy some sparkling wine to get us started.

Part One - we will learn a systematic approach to tasting, involving the examination of the wine’s appearance, aromas, and palate qualities.

Part Two - we will provide you with over 50 different samples of substances that are common descriptors of wine fragrances, including fruits, flowers, spices, and other intriguing essences.

Part Three - we will begin to apply your new knowledge by systematically tasting 8 different varietals – for instance Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, or Zinfandel – and working to identify their essential aromas and tastes.

Part Four - we will “test” your skills by pouring three wines blind and asking you to guess what wines you are tasting.

After taking this class, we believe you will emerge with a sounder set of tasting skills than you have ever had before, and you will also have had a Hell of a lot of fun.

There will be a selection of cheeses for us to enjoy as well.

The cost for this event will be $49 all inclusive. The event is expected to last 2.5 hours.                                                                                                                 There will be an area reserved for the group at the Redd Collection. Michael and Joey, both experienced in wine education, will host.

This is a prepay-only event! Please go to the below websites to purchase your ticket(s).
for 1:
for 2

Hope you can make it. There is free street parking at the Redd Collection.

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  • Michael P.

    I just wanted to thank all you for coming to the tasting last night. I had a terrific time dong that, thanks to the lively responses from all of you! I left in high spirits, already thinking about our next educational wine adventure. '


    March 24, 2013

  • Michael P.

    To All-

    Just a friendly reminder. Please do not wear perfume or cologne, as it will interfere with your (and others') ability to accurately experience the aromas of the wines.

    Thank You


    March 23, 2013

  • Dean

    Unfortunately business calls me tomorrow...

    March 22, 2013

  • Paula R.

    Sorry I can't make it Sunday, but look forward to future get-togethers

    March 22, 2013

  • Joey


    my name is Joey, and I will host this wine tasting event together with Michael, who designed the program for this exciting hands-on introduction to wine. I am excited about the cooperation between Analisa's Santa Monica Wine group and the LA Wine Elite. This event is prepay-only, please take a moment now to pay here via credit card RSVP on meetup alone does NOT get you a seat. Thanks, each payment will receive a ticket confirmation. Please contact us anytime if there are questions, we are very responsive and love your input.

    Certified Sommelier
    LA Wine Elite

    March 15, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi, Everyone--I don't know if anyone saw the TV news after the new pope's election, but the Redd Collection received a request for 100 bottles of a certain red wine to be sent to the Vatican!

    The event at Redd sounds great, but Robert and I have a very full weekend, so we can't attend.

    March 14, 2013

  • Analisa

    I will not be able to be there. Hope all of you have a great time!

    March 13, 2013

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