French Wine 101 with Ashley

Friday, May 22nd from 6pm – 6:45pm CST

Have you been waiting to finally understand the iconic wines of France? With over seven distinguished and flourishing wine regions, France can be intimidating for even the most seasoned consumer. Join Certified Sommelier, Ashley, for a trip through this historic country. We’ll get deep chatting all things terroir—the philosophy behind what creates character and typicity in a wine. We’ll also learn some important French terms that will help you learn to read a French wine label like a pro. Santé!

Reserve

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

Bottle Recommendations

To best enjoy this class, Ashley recommends either one of the following bottles that can be purchased from an Austin retailer:

white

Wine Producer: Jérémie Huchet

Bottle: Clos Les Montys

Grape & Geographical Area: Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine

Purchase at Travis Heights Beverage World

red

Wine Producer: Brendan Tracey

Bottle: Pour une Poignée de Bouteilles

Geographical Area: Vin de France

Purchase At APPT 115 

If you are purchasing wines outside of Austin, look for:

  • A crisp white wine from Muscadet, in the Loire Valley of France. This wine is made from a grape called ‘Melon de Bourgogne’, but will not be listed on the bottle.
  • A rosé wine from Provence. These wines are some of the oldest in recorded history!
  • A red wine from Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape. This grape will probably also not be listed on the bottle. For some extra serious Beaujolais, rustic in character, look for a Cru Beaujolais at a specialty wine store.

We can’t wait to host you!

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!

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!

Upcoming Wine Class: Let’s Talk Structure with Rania

This Thursday APRIL 23rd we are proud to feature Advanced Sommelier, Rania, of Bufalina.

Understanding a wine’s structure is one of the most important ways to discover what types of wines you enjoy or don’t, as well as how and why they pair with your favorite foods. It can also provide meaningful dialogue when shopping for wine in a shop or restaurant. Join Rania Zayyat as she breaks down the most fundamental components of what’s in your glass and on your palate. 

When: Thursday, April 23rd at 5:00 CST

If you are interested in viewing Rania’s class, please email thestayathomesommclass@gmail.com

Recommended Wines for Let’s Talk Structure

Your Stay-at-Home Somm suggests you purchase any of these 3 wines to enjoy during class:

White

2019 Populis Sauvignon Blanc

Purchase at Bufalina Cesar Chavez (call ahead)

Red

2018 Cascina delle Rose Langhe Nebbiolo

Purchase at Bufalina Cesar Chavez (call ahead)

OR

Head to one of these local favorite wine retailers for a:

  • high-acid white like a Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet or Chablis
  • tannic red like a Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, or Sagrantino