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!

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!

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