Sauvignon Blanc From Around the World with J.R.

Sauvignon Blanc, or ‘wild white’, is one of the oldest cultivated wine grapes in the world and has worked its way into every major wine-growing country. Whether you’re familiar with the bright, charismatic wines of New Zealand, or the refined, mineral-driven classics from France, we’ll explore the subtle differences between the many identities of this universally popular grape. Join Sommelier J.R. for a global breakdown of how this “savage” variety behaves across hemispheres and beyond borders.

When: Sunday, August 23rd at 4 p.m. CST

Where: via Zoom

Donation: FREE -or- Donate What You Want

Any donations for this class will go towards providing wines and continued education for displaced service industry workers.

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Bottle Recommendations:

All of our Somms like to recommend a great wine that you can purchase beforehand to enhance your experience.  Buying a bottle is completely optional! Here are J.R.’s recommendations, available around Austin:

Classic Picks:

Unconventional Picks:

Not in Austin? Are these bottles sold out?! Pick up your favorite Sauvignon Blanc from any of these areas:

  • Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé from the Loire Valley, in France
  • Marlborough (or anywhere), in New Zealand
  • California
  • Chile
  • South Africa

Cheers!

Sign Up: Unconventional Wine Grapes with Paige

Most of us are familiar with grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and even Gamay… but did you know there are around 10,000 different wine grape varieties in the world? We will explore just a tiny fraction of these lesser known varieties, focusing on those that are more widely available and may even be hiding in plain sight. Grab your favorite bottle made from an offbeat grape variety, or even take a chance on a grape you have literally never heard of before and we will talk about where these grapes are cultivated, what to expect from some of these bottles, and just begin to scratch the surface of the world of wine grapes. 

When:  Sunday, August 16th at 3 p.m. CST

Where: Zoom

Donation: $25

50% of the donations from this event will benefit International Rescue Committee

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Optional Add-Ons: Please check the box below if you would like to sponsor a seat for a service industry worker looking to continue their beverage education. This add-on will be used to reserve their seat and provide a sample of wine for them to enjoy during the tasting.

Early Sign Up: August Wine Classes

Be the first to sign up for one of our online weekend wine classes taught by a sommelier! More information on each of these classes coming soon on our blog.

Aug 8th 3pm CST:

Sake 101 with Mandi of Austin Shift Meal

Aug 16th 3pm CST:

Unconventional Grape Varieties with Paige

Aug 23rd 4pm CST:

Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World with J.R.

Aug 29th 4pm CST:

Beaujolais Breakdown with Ashley

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Unless otherwise indicated, each class donation is $25 and directly benefits either a hospitality focused non-profit or displaced Sommelier. Once you have completed your donation via Venmo or PayPal, your reservation will be complete. After filling out this form you should receive an email within 24 hours.

Optional Add-Ons: Please check the box below if you would like to sponsor a seat for a service industry worker looking to continue their beverage education. This add-on will be used to reserve their seat and provide a sample of wine for them to enjoy during the tasting.

Cheers! Thank you for supporting our hospitality community!

May 30th: Exploring Napa Valley with Lindsay

Saturday, May 30th from 3pm – 4pm CST

Two flanking mountain chains, swirling hills, endless bunches of mustard-colored blooms, and over 500 wineries in under 30 miles. The Napa Valley is home to some of the most famed wines in California. Join Certified Sommelier, Lindsay, as she breaks down this stunning region, home to styles that have defined American food and wine culture for decades.

Donations from this class support Austin Shift Meal, a crucial non-profit providing meals to service industry workers in need.

Bottle Recommendations

What’s more iconic to the Napa Valley than Chardonnay and Cab Sauv? Lindsay will walk you through two of her favorite producers, both available at the Austin Wine Merchant and elsewhere. Call for safe curbside pickup (512) 499 – 0512

White

Trefethen Chardonnay

Red

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon

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!

All About Orange Wines with Paige

This week Paige is back to teach us all about orange wines! Learn how it’s made, where it grows and what flavors you can expect from this ancient wine style. Plus, she’ll share with us her favorite producers and how you should pair orange wine with meals enjoyed at home.

Thursday, May 21st

from 6pm – 6:45 CST

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

There is quite a range available for orange (or skin-contact) wines, so you’re encouraged to explore your local wine shops and restaurants that are offering to-go wine! Ask for help if you need it, wine shops are always happy to recommend their  favorites. Here are some of Paige’s recommended wines that are available locally (in Austin!):

2014 La Stoppa ‘Ageno’
Available for pickup via bufalinawine.com

2017 Angiolino Maule ‘Sassaia’ 
Available for pickup via Lolo.wine

We can’t wait to host you!

Friday’s Class: A Trip Through Oregon Wines

What types of wines are being produced in Oregon? Which wineries are Somms excited about these days? Just months before quarantine began, one of our Certified Somm’s (Dhruv) was able to take a dream trip across some of Oregon’s best wineries! Join Dhruv this Friday at 5pm CST as he re-explores and explains some of his favorites: Antica Terra, Ovum, Teutonic, Argyle, Soter, and more!

Friday, May 15th at 5pm CST

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

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!