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Quench your thirst for knowledge and exceptional wines with these informal forums. Treat your palate to a variety of flavorful wines and savory appetizers. With knowledgeable winemakers on hand, these fun and interactive lessons will give you a fuller understanding and greater appreciation of wine connoisseurship—and, you’ll love the homework. There are three Tasting Seminars available for purchase:
It Takes A Lot of Beer to Make A Lot of Wine
Friday, March 22 | 1 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
$100 per person
This popular seminar gives both beer and wine enthusiasts a glimpse of how the other half lives. Sam Lando of Lando Wines and Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard (both of whom love beer as much as they love wine!) present a line-up of sympatico wine and beer selections. Guests will taste a range of popular wines side by side with Seth Herman from Creature Comforts Brewing. This is a great way to discover new favorites on both sides of the aisle. The panel will be moderated by The Beer Connoisseur, Bob Townsend.
The Terroir of Oregon
Friday, March 22 | 11 a.m.
Sponsored by Delta Air Lines
$200 per person
Join Chef Linton Hopkins and Sommelier Gina Hopkins along with our stellar cast of vintners including Suzanne Larson of Left Coast Cellars on a delicious journey to Oregon terroir—the term used to describe the expression of origin in the taste of wine. Over a multi-course lunch seminar at Chef Hopkins’s iconic Restaurant Eugene, we’ll also explore how the hand of man through fermentation, preservation, and aging plays a part in the ultimate expression of terroir and taste.
Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Discussion of Old World Wine
Friday, March 22 | 2 p.m.
The Four Seasons Atlanta
$125 includes signed book
Raj Parr and Jordan Mackay released their book, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Discussion of Old World Wine in October 2018. It has been described as “the first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste.” It has become the go-to guide for aspiring sommeliers, wine aficionados looking to up their game, and amateur enthusiasts seeking a straight-forward and visceral way to understand and describe wine. In this seminal addition to the wine canon, noted experts Raj and Jordan share everything they’ve learned in their decades of tasting wine and exploring regions.
Join Raj, Jordan, and vintner Nicolas Potel, Domaine de Bellene, to taste wine, learn about the geography of wine regions, and how wines from various subregions, soils, and appellations should taste.
Each participant will take home a signed copy of Raj and Jordan’s book.