Wine tasting classes can be fun and frustrating. You are presented different wines and told that you should smell “the roses,” leather, lavender or other aromas that you simply cannot detect. That’s because your taste buds are not trained. Villa Milagro Vineyards offers a unique approach to learning to taste wines.
Lead by owner-winemaker, Audrey Cross who has a PhD in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and a winemaking certificate from University of California, Davis, these classes will teach you HOW to taste food and wine. “Until we understand our own palate’s capacities, we cannot truly enjoy wine,” says Cross. “By separating flavors and aromas that are typical in wines, we train your taste buds to distinguish them and calibrate to recognize them in wines.”
The 90 minutes class leads participants through a series of “training” exercises where various flavors and aromas are sampled and learned. The class concludes with application of what has been learned, as students taste various wines. $30 per student includes class materials, presentations, samplings, wine tasting and gift glass to keep. Classes limited to 15. Pre-registration required.
Villa Milagro Vineyards proprietors Steve and Audrey Gambino say: “Villa Milagro Vineyards uses sustainable practices and minimal inputs to provide a protective habitat for native species of birds, plants and wildlife, as well as to grow grapes using pesticides and herbicides that are approved fo