CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA’S SPRING BLOSSOMS WITH A WINE APPRECIATION CLASS AT BOOKS & BOOKS
As our spring evenings fill with the fragrant scents of gardenias and night jasmine, join a dozen other sympathetic souls this May 5 - June 16th, once a week, at Books & Books' Spring Wine Appreciation program. Sample 24 differentwines from around the world; learn about wine in a relaxed congenial atmosphere and finally enjoy a food and wine pairing prepared by Chef Allen, the celebrity innovator of New World Cuisine.
America now consumes more wine than even France or Italy and more and more Americans are learning to enjoy and appreciate this most refined and civilized of social pleasures. The more you understand the world of wine - the more you will enjoy drinking and sharing it. We are proud and happy to offer our latest wine program starting on Monday, May 5 - just as the night jasmine comes into bloom.
The Program: The program consists of six, two-hour classes held every Monday evening, between 6:00 and 7:45PM, from May 5 through June 16th, at Books & Books’ Coral Gables store. Four different wines will be tasted during each session and those students who wish to stay after class or to join friends for dinner at the café will enjoy a 10% discounted price. They will also learn:
How to use all the senses to taste and appreciate wine
How wine is grown and how it is made
The 8,000 years of wine history and its importance to the growth of civilization
How to distinguish between some 30 different varieties of grapes
The basic facts of French terroir – the wines of the Loire, of Alsace, of Burgundy, of the Rhone and of course of Bordeaux
The importance and significance of the 1976 Judgment of Paris when the wines of California out-performed the best wines of France
In addition to French wines, students will learn about other European wines from Germany, Italy Spain and Portugal – as well as New World wines from California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Students will also learn about buying wine, reading wine labels, storing and serving wine and pairing wine with food.
Following the final class on June 9, students will enjoy a special meal prepared by Chef Allen to complement the wines which the class has voted to be the most enjoyable throughout the program.
The Instructor: Previously Director of the Wine Appreciation program at the University of Miami and a judge for the Florida International WineChallenge, Patrick Alexander has been teaching these wildly popular and critically acclaimed classes at Books & Books for two years. Patrick is also a published author and his writings include Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time and The Nigerian Letter. He is currently working on The Books & Books’ Book of Wine.
Cost: The $299 per-person cost for the 12 hour program includes 12 hours of lectures, 24 different wines to taste, a detailed wine program work-book and a 4-course food and wine pairing dinner. (Students may invite a guest to the final meal for an extra $60).
The program is limited to a maximum of 16 students and classes sell-out quickly, so if you are interested hurry and reserve your place today! Contact Irving@booksandbooks.com. For more information go to www.GablesWine.com