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Broadening Your Wine Horizons: Que Syrah, Syrah

Thursday, November 18th | 7:00pm-8:15pm | Broadening Your Wine Horizons: Que Syrah, Syrah


No, not “Que sera, sera” and not Doris Day! As much as such a class might be enjoyable, the title from this course is simply a play on words. In this class, we will be describing, discussing, and drinking four different wines, known variably as syrah and shiraz, from four different parts of the world of winemaking. The course will highlight the regional differences in wine growing and wine making decisions and how these choices influence the ultimate wines that are produced. The goal is that participants will come away from the session with a new appreciation for the sixth most widely grown wine grape in the world and the great variability in the wines that can be produced. Next time you’re in the mood for a full-bodied, deeply colored wine, maybe you’ll ask, “Why not syrah?!”

Please note: While not required, participants are invited to crack open one or more of the recommended wines that will be discussed in class. They are available, amongst other places, at Pinnacle Liquor on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. Please follow this link for a list of recommended wines. Attendees must be 21+ to participate in tasting.

This class is appropriate for ages 21+.

This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent 1 hour prior to the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Bruce Smoller began his exploration of wine many years ago, when he lived close to Napa Valley. His serious study began in earnest when he moved to Rochester seven years ago. Bruce enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust program of wine sciences and is currently working through level 4 (diploma) of the series. He has diversified his wine studies, completing French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Expert exams, along with Master level courses in the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, and Rioja. Along the way, Bruce has also completed courses in fine wines of Napa Valley, Oregon, Australia, New Zealand, South African, Portugal, Argentina, Champagne and Switzerland. He otherwise spends his time working as a Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he serves as the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

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