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Wine tasting classes?

cjd260 | Dec 27, 201005:48 AM

My wife and I are flying into SF tomorrow and will be in the area (between the Peninsula, SF and Sonoma) through Sunday. I used to live in the area and have done the Napa and Santa Cruz wine tasting thing a handful of times, but my wine knowledge is still pretty limited by Bay Area standards (I can tell the varietals apart and can pair them with food, but that's about it), and my wife's is basically nil. I'd love to find a reputable class of some sort, but it's extremely short notice, and schedules for, e.g., the CIA in St. Helena don't work. Are there any stores in or outside SF that have regularly scheduled tasting courses, a la Astor Wines in New York, or could arrange a private class on request?

If not - and I'm guessing the scheduling is too tight at this stage - any wineries in particular that would be particularly helpful? I know most people are desperate to avoid larger wineries, but a Coppola or St. Supery may not be out of sorts as a good first stop if they're more willing to talk us through the basics and not-quite-basics.

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