Saturday’s Class: Wine 101 with Lindsay & J.R.

Lindsay and J.R. know that there’s nothing more exciting than beginning your journey into wine– they entered this industry together. But as Somms, they also know how intimidating it can be to start that journey. Get the 101 breakdown of all the basics: how to taste, how wine is made, and where it is grown. Learn the skills you need to talk about the wines you love!

To reserve a seat in J.R. & Lindsay’s class May 9th at 3 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

This Class is Now Sold Out! Please consider signing up for one of next week’s classes.

Bottle Recommendations

This class is all about you and what you love. Pick out whatever bottle brings you comfort and we’ll talk about it! If you want to know what your teachers recommend, pick up:

White

  • Any Chardonnay: some classic places that make Chardonnay are California, Burgundy (France), and Chablis (France)

Red

  • Any Pinot Noir: some classic places that make Pinot Noir are Oregon, California, and Burgundy (France)

Friday’s Class: Native Italian Grapes (the Reboot)

How do you read an Italian wine label? What are some of their lesser-known grape varieties? How do we best pair our summer recipes with Italian wines?

There are over 300 grape varieties native to Italy. Back by popular demand, join Annie this Friday at 5 pm CST as we explore the origins and qualities of two grapes with strong Italian roots: Lambrusco & Grignolino. She’ll lead a guided tasting of two classic examples, discuss pairings, and how they reflect the land from which they originate.

To reserve a seat in Annie’s class May 8th at 5 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

Annie’s Class is now Sold Out! Check out her bottle recommendations below, or join our class this Saturday: Wine 101 with Lindsay & J.R.

Annie’s Bottle Recommendations

Sparkling Red: 2016 Cantina della Volta, Lambrusco di Sorbara Brut Rosso

Located In Texas: Central Martket – Statewide
Austin: House Wine, Whipin, Bufalina, L’oco Doro, Chris’s Liquor #2, The Wayback Hotel
Houston: Vinology, Houston Wine Merchant
San Antonio: Little Death

Still Red: 2018 Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta, Grignolino d’Asti

Located In Texas: Whole Foods & Central Market – Statewide
Austin: Royal Blue Grocery, Thom’s Market, Sunrise Market, MOUR, Quickie Pickie

Thank you to our friends at Serendipity Wines for making this class possible! Your community support is invaluable.

See You Soon!

Thursday’s Class: Reimagining Rosé with Paige

Rosé — all day, or no way? How is rosé made? Is it all sweet? Can you age your rosé? It’s time to find out.

People have mixed feelings about rosé and we’re here to talk about why. We’ll go through a brief history of the pink drink, delve into the “dark ages”, learn about its rise to popularity, and see where rosé stands now (hint: it’s pretty dang popular). Join Paige, a long-time wine professional on track to take her Certified Sommelier exam this year. Come ring in the rosé season with us, as we rediscover this underrated category of wine.

The Stay-at-Home Somm is a donation-based project that supports displaced wine professionals that have been deeply impacted by Covid-19. To reserve your space, we ask for a $25 donation. For this class, 75% of all donations will directly support your teacher, while the remaining 25% is distributed to another unemployed service industry worker in need.

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR FRIDAY’S CLASS ON ITALIAN GRAPES OR SATURDAY’S WINE 101

Paige’s Bottle Recommendations:

If you are in Austin, Texas and would like to support local, both Paige & J.R. recommend calling up LoLo in East Austin to find a bottle of rosé (512-906-0053). Or, if you wanted to purchase any of Paige’s other wine recommendations for her class, you can find the following bottles around the city (we recommend only one):

  • Still: E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2018— available at Fresh Plus Grocery on West Lynn (<$20)
  • Still: William Chris Vineyards Natural Ferment Malbec Rosé— available special order from William Chris Vineyards, or at Foreign & Domestic, Lenoir, and Aviary (approx. $20-30)
  • Still: Yves Cuilleron ‘Sybel’ Syrah Rosé 2018 — available for curbside pickup from June’s for $25
  • Still: Sutter Home White Zinfandel — available at most grocery stores (approx. $5)
  • Sparkling: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé NV— available at Spec’s, Total Wine, Central Market North Lamar, and select HEB stores (approx $50)
  • Sparkling: Raventos i Blanc Brut Rosé ‘de Nit’ — available at Jeffrey’s and Central Market and others (approx. $27 retail, $45 at Jeffrey’s)
  • Sparkling: Eyrie Vineyards ‘Spark’ Dundee Hills Sparkling Rosé — available for curbside pickup at June’s for $45

OR, pick up your favorite bottle of Rosé and enjoy the class!  We can’t wait to host you.

Thank you to our friends at RNDC for their community support in making this class a possibility!

We Will See You Soon!

Saturday’s Class: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

This Saturday we are proud to feature Certified Sommelier and former beverage director for The District Steakhouse: Lucas!

Sommeliers are always on the hunt for value. For many, that means exploring lesser known wine regions that remain obscure, despite producing excellent wines. Join Lucas, as he guides you through hidden gems strewn throughout the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll take a heartfelt look at the unnoticed Pinot Noirs of New Zealand and explore the deeply satisfying merits of dry Australian Riesling. Beyond, he’ll briefly illuminate the value in South African blends and familiar reds from Chile & Argentina.

Demystify and discover the little-known wines we Somms rely on when we’re living on a less-than-Champagne budget!

Saturday, May 2nd at 3 p.m. CST

Recommended Wines

white

2018 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling from the Eden Valley, Australia

Purchase at Specs (under $20)

red

2017 Seresin Leah Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

Purchase at Specs (under $30)

OR

Head to one of our favorite local wine retailers for:

  • A classic, crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (white)
  • A wild Chenin Blanc or blend from South Africa (white)
  • A familiar, bright Malbec from Argentina (red)
  • A rich, bold Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (red)

See you soon!

Sunday’s Class: Sparkling Wine Styles with Tony!

What’s the difference between Prosecco and Cava? Why aren’t all bubbles called ‘Champagne’? How do the bubbles even get in there?

Join Tony this Sunday at 5:30 pm CST for a deep dive into all things sparkling wine. He’ll cover the basics: the surprisingly laborious methods that go in to making sparkling wines, what grapes they use, and how to pair them with food to maximize your dining experience.

Tony is a Certified Sommelier who previously worked in the Clarksville area at Austin’s prolific steakhouse, Jeffrey’s. A true hospitality professional, you won’t find a more kind-hearted expert. His copious experience in the industry (he’s also a published wine writer) have taught him that humility is essential.

Whether you’re holed up this quarantine with a bottle of vintage Champagne or simply enjoying some lightly fizzy Prosecco, we hope you’ll spend your Sunday Funday with us in what will undoubtedly be an effervescent class.

To reserve a seat in Tony’s class May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

Attend Tony’s Class

The Stay-at-Home Somm is a donation-based project that supports displaced wine professionals that have been deeply impacted by Covid-19. To reserve your space, we ask for a $25 donation. Unless otherwise noted, 90% of all donations will directly support your teacher, while the remaining 10% is distributed to another unemployed service industry worker in need.

Once you have submitted your reservation, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to thestayathomesommclass@gmail.com

We Will See You Soon!

Saturday’s Class: Native Italian Grapes

How do you read an Italian wine label? What are some of their lesser-known grape varieties? How do we best pair our summer recipes with Italian wines?

There are over 300 grape varieties native to Italy. Join Annie this Saturday at 6 pm CST as we explore the origins and qualities of two grapes with strong Italian roots: Schiava (a red wine) and Carricante (a white wine). She’ll lead a guided tasting of these two classic examples, discuss pairings, and how they reflect the land from which they originate.

To reserve a seat in Annie’s class May 2nd at 6 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

ANNIE’S CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT!

We hope that you’ll consider supporting one of our other Sommeliers who still have classes open for registration this week. Check out our Class Schedule to support another service industry worker in need.

If you’re in Austin and would like to purchase either of Annie’s recommended wines for Saturday’s class, please call the Austin Wine Merchant (512) 499-0512 for safe, curbside pickup of:

  • Red: Abbazia di Novacella Schiava (under $20)
  • White: Terre Nere Carricante (under $30)
  • Or pick up any of your favorite Italian wines

Thank You for All of Your Support!

Thursday’s Class: All About Natural Wines

What does ‘low intervention’ mean? Are “natural wines” better for you? How do we distinguish this classification? The amount of confusion surrounding this topic is wildly, for lack of a better term, unnatural.

Join Ashley, as she breaks down what ‘natural wine’ truly means, while touching on the core concepts that individually build these bottles: organics, sustainability, and biodynamics. We’ll learn how sulfur plays a pivotal role in the winemaking process, and demystify some commonly misunderstood health affects of specific chemicals. Leave this class empowered with natty knowledge, and discover your newest favorite low-intervention bottle of wine via our resident expert.

To reserve a seat in Ashley’s class April 30th at 5:30 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

ASHLEY’S CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT!

We hope that you’ll consider supporting one of our other Sommeliers who still have classes open for registration this week. Check out our Class Schedule to support another service industry worker in need.

Thank You for All of Your Support!

Friday’s Wine Class: Sweet Wines, Learn to Love ‘Em

This Friday, APRIL 24th we are proud to feature WSET Level II and Certified Sommelier, Dhruv!

As a sommelier you quickly learn that sweet wines can be some of the most generous of character around: it’s just a matter of recognizing quality. Join Dhruv as he guides you through the regions where some of the world’s best sweet wines are produced. Learn how to distinguish sugar from the rest of a wine’s subtle, nuanced structures. Sit back with a fizzy glass of Moscato or your favorite Riesling, and let Dhruv fill you in on some of the best kept secrets in pairing sweet wines.

Friday, April 24th at 6 p.m. CST

Recommended Wines for Friday’s Class

white

2018 Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett from Mosel, Germany

Purchase at the Austin Wine Merchant (under $20)

semi-sparkling

NV Scrapona Moscato d’Asti DOCG from Piedmont, Italy

Purchase at the Austin Wine Merchant (under $20)

still white

Becker Vineyards Muscat Canelli from Texas High Plains

Purchase at Specs (under $10)

OR

Head to any of our local favorite retailers for your choice bottle of sweet wine:

  • German Riesling!
  • Italian Semi-Sparkling Moscato!
  • Cerdon Bugey Semi-Sparkling Rosé from France!
  • Off-dry to sweet Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, France!
  • Dessert Wines like a Sauternes or Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise from France!

Saturday’s Class: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

This Saturday we are proud to feature Certified Sommelier and former beverage director for The District Steakhouse: Lucas!

Sommeliers are always on the hunt for value. For many, that means exploring lesser known wine regions that remain obscure, despite producing excellent wines. Join Lucas, as he guides you through hidden gems strewn throughout the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll take a heartfelt look at the unnoticed Pinot Noirs of New Zealand and explore the deeply satisfying merits of dry Australian Riesling. Beyond, he’ll briefly illuminate the value in South African blends and familiar reds from Chile & Argentina.

Demystify and discover the little-known wines we Somms rely on when we’re living on a less-than-Champagne budget!

Saturday, May 2nd at 3 p.m. CST

Recommended Wines for Lucas’ Class

white

2018 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling from the Eden Valley, Australia

Purchase at Specs (under $20)

red

2017 Seresin Leah Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

Purchase at Specs (under $30)

OR

Head to one of our favorite local wine retailers for:

  • A classic, crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (white)
  • A wild Chenin Blanc or blend from South Africa (white)
  • A familiar, bright Malbec from Argentina (red)
  • A rich, bold Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (red)

See you soon!