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Broadening your Wine Horizons: Wines of Rioja

Thursday, August 5th | 7:00pm-8:15pm | Broadening your Wine Horizons: Wines of Rioja


Wine store selection and restaurant menu lists can often be intimidating with their hundreds of choices. While you could resort to your favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, consider building your wine knowledge instead! In this lecture, you'll be introduced to Rioja, the most famous wine-producing region in Spain. Learn facts about other grapes used for making wine, the techniques in the winemaking process that influence wine characteristics, what they taste and smell like, and what types of foods pair well. You will also get some simple tips regarding the labels on the bottle and how to interpret descriptors.

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.

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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