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Spend springtime evenings in Hempstead House, discovering the world of wine in a new eight-session course, led by Mike Douglass of Post Wine & Spirits. Whether you are knowledgeable about wines and wine production, or new to the subject, this comprehensive program will enrich your appreciation of wine, and also give you the necessary expertise to choose fine wine at home, in restaurants, and when traveling.

Each session (7 – 9 PM) covers the wines of one or more regions around the world. Mike will share their histories, with fascinating stories about the pioneers and personalities involved, many of whom Mike knows personally.  We will delve into the important grape varieties of each region – what makes them unique and desirable – and we will identify key producers, vineyards, and wineries as well as best values and current vintage reports. Participants will sample a cross section of the regions, approximately eight different wines per class. Notable wine experts will join as guest speakers. See the detailed course “Itinerary” below.

About Mike Douglass
Mike is a 53 year veteran of the wine industry on Long Island. He has traveled to many of the major wine producing areas of the world and has been a leader in wine education, promotion, and appreciation. He is most proud of the fact that 15 of his former employees continued on to careers in the wine business.

Eight-Session Course Fee
$400 per person
$700 per couple

Fee includes a copy of Kevin Zraly’s best-selling book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course.

Register online or call  516.304.5076.

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Monday, April 9: The Art of Wine-Making / Champagne & Sparkling Wines
First, a complete overview, from vineyard to bottle, with one of Long Island’s premier wine makers to guide us through this process. This session also covers Champagne and sparkling wines – the unique process that gives these wines their effervescence, including a detailed description of the Champagne district and why it produces the greatest, most prestigious sparkling wines in the world – as well as the first. We’ll also discover quality sparkling wines from other areas of France, the USA, Italy, and Spain.

Monday, April 16: California, Oregon, Washington
The second session begins in California, covering the differences in nomenclature between California and European wines; a detailed description of the different grape varieties – Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay; the fascinating history of California wine-making from its beginning to the present with some very interesting stories; the different geographic locations of the wineries with an emphasis on Napa, Sonoma and Santa Cruz vineyards; the differences between mass produced wines and more natural or individual producer wines. Then Oregon, with a focus on the wonderful Pinot Noir produced here as well as excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Viognier. Finally, in Washington: a look at Chateau Ste. Michelle and other excellent small producers coming aboard; and in Oregon, the Merlot grape.

Monday, April 23: Italy
A country abounding in Vineyards has made enormous improvements in quality in the last 40 years. Session 3 concentrates on the best areas and producers, including Gaja, Giacosa,  Vietti, Felsina, Fontodi, Casa di Ama, Frescobaldi, Rinaldi, Antinori, Sassichia, Bertani, Conterno in these major regions:
Tuscany – Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello, Montalcino, vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscan category
Piedmont- Barbaresco, Barolo, Gattinara, Barbera, Gavi, Arneis, Dolcetto Veneto, Amarone

Monday, April 30: Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
This session discusses “new world wines”versus “old world wines” in style and quality:
Argentina – its native red varietal grape Malbec and its sudden rise to popularity.
Chile – great values in these wines.
Australia – the ups and downs in popularity of these wines in the past 25 years; home to the number one imported wine to the United States.
New Zealand – Sauvignon Blanc is a very hot category here, and Pinot Noir is also in demand.
South Africa – a sleeping giant in quality and value.

Wednesday, May 2: France – Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chablis
Burgundy will be the main focus of these three categories. The reds are almost 100% Pinot Noir and these are among the greatest red wines in the world. The whites are almost 100% Chardonnay are among the greatest whites to be found. This session will cover the Delimited District, the different classifications: Grand Cru and Premier Cru, and the great burgundy firms as well as the individual producers.
Beaujolais: South of Burgundy produces less serious and profound wine but lovely wines with special appeal: Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais Villages, Cru Beaujolais, Beaujolais Blanc.
Next, Chablis, one of the foremost white wine districts in the world in the northern district of Burgundy. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay grown in warmer climates. We will discuss the various classifications here as well as the key producers.

Wednesday, May 9: Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece
The sixth session covers the great table wines of Spain from important districts such as Rioja, Ribero del Duero, Albariño, Monastrel, Priorat from these producers: Marques de Murrieta, La Rioja Alta, Protas,  Vega Sicilia, Muga, Cune. Dessert wines – Sherry, a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez: Fine, Amontillado, Cream, Oloroso.
Portugal – a survey of table wines: Vinho Verde, Touriga National, Dao, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Syrah Dessert wine – Port
Germany – the best Rieslings on earth are produced here in the Rhine and Moselle river valleys. This lesson will be led by Ian Reilly, wine buyer and German expert of Post Wines and Spirits.
Greece – the world is discovering wonderful wines here.

Wednesday, May 16: France – Bordeaux
This historic district has long set the standard by which all red wines are measured. Their dry white wines and the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac are also legendary: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Petrus, Chateau D’Yquem.

Wednesday, May 23: France – Rhone, Southern France, Loire, Alsace
Our international tour concludes with the great wines from Languedoc Rousillin, and Provence.
Rhône – Cote du Rhine, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Hermitage,  Rome’s Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cote Route, Conrad
Loire- Vouvray, Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Muscadet, Chinon, Bourgeuil
Alsace – Sylvaner, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Blanc.

Eight-Session Course Fee
$400 per person
$700 per couple

Fee includes a copy of Kevin Zraly’s best-selling book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course.

Register online or call  516.304.5076.

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  • April 9, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm