January 30-February 13, 2018: “Wine Tasting Primer – Sight, Smell, Taste”

Learn how to taste wine knowledgeably and accurately describe what you are tasting. In this introductory class, Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer introduces you to wine types, grapes, varietals, and various wine regions, as well as the basics of reading a wine label. Gain hints for smart buying, proper storing, and aging. The course will also include a discussion of wine-and-food pairing guidelines. Tastings at each session.
3 Tuesdays, January 30-February 13, 2018; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$120 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu or
Wine Tasting Primer

 

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February 27-March 13, 2018: “Guide to Washington Wines” with Winemaker John Bell

Get to know the wines of Washington State! Learn from Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer and by tasting wines from many Washington viticultural areas and from world renowned vineyards. Acquire tips on wine buying, cellaring, serving and enjoying. Guest speaker Willis Hall Winery winemaker/owner John Bell will cover specifics of growing regions (AVAs) and winemaking. Tasting each session.
3 Tuesdays, February 27-March 13, 2018; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$120 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu or
https://southseattle.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=29263&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=18&int_catalog_id=0

 

April 10-24, 2018: “Wine Tasting Primer – Sight, Smell, Taste”

Learn how to taste wine knowledgeably and accurately describe what you are tasting. In this introductory class, Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer introduces you to wine types, grapes, varietals, and various wine regions, as well as the basics of reading a wine label. Gain hints for smart buying, proper storing, and aging. The course will also include a discussion of wine-and-food pairing guidelines. Tastings at each session.
3 Tuesdays, April 10-24, 2018; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$120 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu

https://southseattle.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=29541&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=18&int_catalog_id=0

May 8-22, 2018: “Mediterranean Wine Tour”

Join Sommelier Dieter Schafer and taste your way through wine regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea from Spain to Lebanon, Greece to Morocco. Sample interesting wines not often available for tasting. Class includes effective tasting techniques, wine vocabulary, a bit of history and geography of the regions, best wine-buying strategies, and hints for proper storing and aging. Tasting each session.
3 Tuesdays, May 8-22, 2018; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$120 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu

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Silver Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration

Beaujolais Nouveau 2017

Silver Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration
Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle
Friday, November 17, 2017; 7-11 pm
http://faccpnw.wixsite.com/beaujolaisnouveausea

“Beaujolais Primer”
Two 30-minute presentations by Sommelier Dieter Schafer

Tasting Wines
2017 GdB Beaujolais Villages Nouveau                      (both tastings)
2015 GdB Domaine des Rosiers Moulin-à-Vent         (1st tasting only)
2015 GdB Domaine Duboeuf Morgon Belles Grives  (2nd tasting only)

Beaujolais Nouveau (BN)
BN is always released the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest. BN can only be made from grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages. Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as BN. BN owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration—also called whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.

Grapes
Gamay (aka Gamay noir à jus blanc) is the only red grape permitted for Beaujolais. All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand. These are the only vineyards, along with Champagne, where hand harvesting is mandatory.

Tasting Techniques
Sight ~ Smell ~ Taste ~ Aftertaste or Finish (You have to attend to do this).
Serve BN slightly cool, at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine is more refreshing and its forward fruit more apparent than if you serve it at room temperature.

History
In 1395 the Duke of Burgundy Philippe the Bold, who declared Gamay “a very bad and disloyal plant” kicked it out of Burgundy. In the 1800’s drinking the fresh wine of the year was included in harvest celebrations. Starting in the 1960’s this tradition gained in popularity across France. Release date for BN was November 15. In 1985, the INAO* established the third Thursday of November as the official release date of BN (a brilliant stroke for promotion).

Region
The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France’s third largest city, Lyon.

Beaujolais Appellations
Beaujolais
Beaujolais Villages
Brouilly – The largest Cru. Famous for bright blueberry and currant aromas.
Côtes de Brouilly – On an extinct volcano, with deep concentration. A fine Côtes de Brouilly shows a flashy character not easily duplicated elsewhere.
Chiroubles – High altitude, delicate wines. Think floral aromas (especially violets).
Chénas – The smallest of the Crus, with notable rose petal aromas and occasionally violet. Very floral. Ageworthy.
Fleurie – A “go to” Cru Beaujolais for many, for it shows consistent balance between floral and fruit aromas, and a velvety texture.
Juliénas – Richer wines that are sometimes peppery in the nose. A historic area, and one of the first in the region planted by the Romans (the name refers to Julius Caesar).
Morgon – While some Beaujolais are floral, the wines of Morgon tend to be earthy. Usually the darkest and fullest of Cru Beaujolais, these are age worthy and fuller bodied wines.
Moulin-A-Vent – Some of the most age worthy wines are made here. Occasionally producers will age these in oak.
Régnié – Fuller bodied wines, with more red currant aromas.
Saint-Amour – One of the top Crus, making wines that can easily age ten years or more. Structured, with spicy flavors.

* Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité ~ previously Institut National des Appellations d’Origine.

This year we are celebrating our Silver Beaujolais Nouveau! says Sommelier Dieter Schafer

This year we are celebrating our Silver Beaujolais Nouveau! says Sommelier Dieter Schafer, a longtime member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (FACCPNW).

Throughout the evening Dieter will be presenting tasting seminars including the Beaujolais history, region and their grapes.

The 25th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival – organized by FACCPNW – will be held at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle. If you would like to purchase tickets, donate to our auction, volunteer, or sponsor the event, please go here or email coordinator@faccpnw.org .

Dieter was Chairman of the 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival and Gala Dinner in Seattle. L’Union Interprofessionelle du Beaujolais awarded him the designation “Vigneron d’Honneur du Beaujolais” during the 2003 Beaujolais Nouveau event. In addition to helping at Beaujolais Nouveau events, Dieter Schafer actively participated for several years at Bastille Day celebrations, coordinating Bal des Pompiers dinners and conducting wine tastings. For the past three years Dieter presented “Wine Tour de France” at Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures.

Friday, November 17, 2017; 7-11 pm.
Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Admission $45-$100.
Reservations: here .

Wine & Spirits Links (updated 10/25/2017)

Dieter Schafer’s Blog                       winedieter.wordpress.com/

1WineDude                                        1winedude.com/

Academic Wino                                 academicwino.com/

American Winery Guide                americanwineryguide.com/

Antique Wine Company, UK        awcfinewine.com/

Appellation America                       wine.appellationamerica.com/

Armchair Sommelier                       armchairsommelier.com/

Bigger Than Your Head                  biggerthanyourhead.net/

Bordeaux Wine News                     bordeauxwinenews.com/

Bordeauxthèque, Paris                  bordeauxtheque.com/

Cellar Tours                                        cellartours.com/

Cellar Tracker                                     cellartracker.com/

Cellar Watch                                       cellar-watch.com/

Champion Wine Cellars                  championwinecellars.com/

Clore Center                                      theclorecenter.org/

Cork Report                                        newyorkcorkreport.com/

Cornichon.org                                   cornichon.org/

De Long Wine Tools                         delongwine.com/

De Vinis Illustribus, Paris               devinis.fr/

Decanter, UK                                     decanter.com/

Dr. Vino                                                drvino.com/

Drink Nectar                                       drinknectar.com/

Drunken Cyclist                                 thedrunkencyclist.com/

Enofylz Wine Blog                            enofylzwineblog.com/

Everyvine                                            everyvine.com/

Family Wineries of WA                   familywineries.org/

Fat Cork                                               fatcork.com/

Federal Register                               federalregister.gov/

Fermentation                                    fermentationwineblog.com/

Fermented Fruit                               thefermentedfruit.com/

Fine Wine Market Blog                   blog.liv-ex.com/

Gayot                                                    gayot.com/Drink/

Girl and Grape                                   girlandthegrape.com/

Global Wine & Spirits                      globalwinespirits.com/

Go Taste Wine                                   gotastewine.com/

Good Grape                                        goodgrape.com/

Grape Radio                                       graperadio.com/

Gray Report                                        blog.wblakegray.com/

Great Northwest Wine                  greatnorthwestwine.com/

Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews wakawakawinereviews.com/

Hedonist                                              heedthehedonist.com/

Hosemaster of Wine                       hosemasterofwine.blogspot.com/

I Santé                                                  isantemagazine.com/

Into Wine                                            intowine.com/

J Wines                                                 jwines.us/

Jancis Robinson, UK                        jancisrobinson.com/

Jim’s Loire                                           jimsloire.blogspot.com/

Jo Diaz Juicy Tales                            wine-blog.org/

Kevin the Wine Guy                        kevthewineguy.com/

Local Wine Events                           localwineevents.com/

Louis/Dressner Selection              louisdressner.com/

NW Wine Anthem                           nwwineanthem.com/

NY Times                                             nytimes.com/section/food/

Open That Bottle Night                  openthatbottlenight.com/

Organic Wine Co                               theorganicwinecompany.com/

Palate Press                                       palatepress.com/

Paul Gregutt (Archive)                   paulgregutt.com/

RJ on Wine                                          rjonwine.com/

Rhone Rangers                                  rhonerangers.org/

Seattle Times                                     seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/

Ste Michelle Wine Estates            smwe.com/

Steve Heimoff                                   steveheimoff.com/

SVB on Wine                                      svbwine.blogspot.com/

Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog          tablascreek.typepad.com/

Talk-A-Vino                                        talk-a-vino.com/

Tasting Notes Radio                        winelearning.wordpress.com/

Tastings                                                tastings.com/

Tim Hanni MW                                  timhanni.com/

Viavitis                                                  viavitis.fr/

Vine Pair                                              vinepair.com/

Vinography                                         vinography.com/

Vintners.Net                                      vintners.net/

Viticulture Blog                                 blog-en.fruitionsciences.com/

WA State Wine Commission        washingtonwine.org/

WA Wine Report                              wawinereport.com/

Waitsburg Cellars                             waitsburgcellars.com/

Walla Walla Wine Woman            wildwallawallawinewoman.blogspot.com/

Wein-Plus Europe                            wein-plus.eu/en/

Willis Hall Winery                             willishall.com/

Wine & Jazz                                        wineandjazz.com/

Wine Align                                          winealign.com/

Wine America                                    wineamerica.org/

Wine Anorak                                      wineanorak.com/

Wine Business Blog                         winebusiness.com/blog/

Wine Business Monthly                 winebusiness.com/

Wine Collector                                  vinfolio.com/

Wine.com                                           wine.com/

Wine Compass                                  winecompass.com/

Wine Compliance Alliance            winecompliancealliance.com/

Wine Country Getaways               winecountrygetaways.com/

WineCurious                                      thewinecurious.wordpress.com/

Wine Curmudgeon                          winecurmudgeon.com/

Wine Discovery Tools                     delongwine.com/

Wine Economist                               wineeconomist.com/

Wine Enthusiast Magazine           winemag.com/

Wine Everyday                                  wineeveryday.net/

Wine Folly                                           winefolly.com/

Wine Hub                                            thewinehub.com/

Wine Industry Insight                     wineindustryinsight.com/

Wine Institute                                   wineinstitute.org/

Wine Law                                            winelawonreserve.com/

Wine Lovers Page                            wineloverspage.com/

Wine Peeps                                        winepeeps.com/

Wine Portfolio                                   wineportfolio.com/

Wine Press Northwest                   winepressnw.com/

Wine Raconteur                               thewineraconteur.wordpress.com/

Wine Review Online                       winereviewonline.com/

Winerist                                               winerist.com/

Wine Searcher                                  wine-searcher.com/

Wine Spectator                                 winespectator.com/

Wine Turtle                                        wineturtle.com/

Wines & Vines                                   winesandvines.com/

Wines Northwest                            winesnw.com/

Wines of Turkey                               winesofturkey.org/

Women for Wine Sense                womenforwinesense.org/

Woodinville Wine Country           woodinvillewinecountry.com/

Woodinville Wine Update            woodinvillewineupdate.com/

Wormwood Society                        wormwoodsociety.org/

 

November 28, 2017: 3-Hour Class “Champagne for Any Taste and Budget” with Sommelier Dieter Schafer at South Seattle College

Taste Champagne and Crémant from France, Sparkling Wine from Washington and California, Spanish Cava, and Italian Prosecco. Champagne, the ultimate celebration bubbly which always seems to be a mystery. Learn from Champagne aficionado Dieter Schafer (a Certified Educator and Sommelier) about styles, what the label tells you, how Méthode Champenoise wines are produced, buying strategies, proper service, etiquette, and how to match these wines with food. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to try a variety of “bubblies” that are not often available for tasting.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$75 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or go here .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu or go here .

November 21, 2017: 3-Hour Class “French Wine Update” with Sommelier Dieter Schafer at South Seattle College

Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer is back from his most recent “Fact-Finding Mission.” Learn what Parisian brasseries, bistros, and wine bars are currently pouring while tasting six of the many wines available locally. Loire Vallée Cabernet Franc, Southwest Malbec, and Alsace Crémant are “en vogue.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$83 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or go here .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu or go here .

November 14, 2017: 3-Hour Class “Holiday Wines for Any Budget” with Sommelier Dieter Schafer at South Seattle College

Let Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer guide you to becoming an expert in serving the right wines with holiday dinners, at casual parties, or at your own wine tasting events. Learn by tasting six wines from around the world. Class will also cover serving techniques and temperatures, as well as the proper glassware for any occasion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$83 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or go here .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu or go here .