Consumer Classes

We are excited to announce our 2018-2019 schedule of consumer classes. These fun and enlightening classes are a great way to expand your enjoyment of wine!
All classes are taught by:
Maxine Borcherding, Sommelier
Wine Educator, Taste and Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits and Food
Lead Chef Instructor, Oregon Culinary Institute (retired)

Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley - Registration Open!

Date/Time:  November 11, 2018, 2-4 pm

$45 Chamber Members & OWEC TRAHC Students
$55 General Public.
*In celebration of Veterans Day – all veterans receive $10 off  ($35/Members; $45/General Public)

Location: Domaine Divio Tasting Room, Newberg

Eventbrite - Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley

The experts said it couldn’t be done; that it was too cold, too wet; that the vines would rot before they would bear fruit. Yet, history proved those early visionaries correct, and 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the emergence of the Willamette Valley as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing regions of the world.

How did it happen, and what are the factors that made it possible?

In this lively (and delicious) 2-hour class, we will taste how geology, geography, soil and vintage work to create the quality and diversity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs., and demonstrate how choice of glassware impacts the aroma and flavor of the wine.

Part 1: In the beginning- a brief history of the men and women who fell in love with Pinot Noir, believed it could thrive in the Willamette Valley, and defied the experts who said it couldn’t be done.

Part 2: A structured tasting of the aromas and flavors characteristic of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and a demonstration of how glassware alters the aroma and flavor of the wine

Part 3: Learn how geology, geography, and soils impact the character of Willamette Valley Pinots.

Part 4: Taste the influence of vintage.

Eventbrite - Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley

Brunch With Bubbles

Date: February 9, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am

Cost: $55 Chamber Members & OWEC TRAHC Students $65 General Public Location: Barley & Vine Tavern, Newberg

Sparkling wine has been associated with celebrations and romance  for more than 300 years (not to mention a welcome addition to Sunday Brunch); and when we think of sparkling wine for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, we most often think of Champagne.

But Champagne is not the world’s only sparkling wine- nor was it the first. In fact, wines from Champagne got off to a rather rocky start, and might never have become what it is today if it weren’t for wool merchants, a widow, a couple of monks, and the Royal Navy.

Are you intrigued?

Then join Sommelier Maxine Borcherding for Brunch with Bubbles: a fun, tasty, and educational journey through the origin of sparkling wines, the people, the inventions and the discoveries that made them possible; the diverse ways that sparkling wines are made, their versatility with food, the wonderful range of styles and flavors to choose from, and how sparkling wines can fit into every budget.

Brunch items to pair with the wines will be served.

The Pleasures of Wine - A Three-Class Series

There are so many wines! Faced with hundreds of wines on a wine store shelf, or pages long wine lists, how do you choose? Learn to be confident about choosing and enjoying wine by signing up for The Pleasures of Wine series! Join us for a three-class series on wine – how to identify it, evaluate it, taste it, and pair it with food. The goal is to make you comfortable with wine; to understand your own palate so you can select wines you will enjoy, and pair the wines with foods that make the food and the wine taste better together. If you are in the hospitality industry, it will help  you  feel  more  comfortable  speaking  with  customers about wine; and consumers and hospitality professionals alike will gain  a vocabulary that  will allow you communicate about wine in a way that makes sense to both parties. This series is also a good foundation for more advanced wine studies should you decide to take your exploration further.
Part I: Understanding Wine – March 7, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Part II: Taste Terroir – Marhc 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Part III: The Role of the Winemaker, March 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Cost:  Take one, take two or take all three and receive a discount! $55 Chamber Members & OWEC TRAHC Students; $110 for all three $65 General Public; $140 for all three Location: Barley & Vine Tavern, Newberg

Part I: Understanding Wine

The only infallible way to  learn about wine is by tasting it, then comparing one wine against another. Not just sipping a glass here and there, but by focusing on it. In this first session, we will learn how to focus on wine by learning to observe, taste, evaluate, and put words to what we see, smell and taste. The influence of temperature and glassware on flavor and aroma will also be explored . Part II: Taste Terroir Since vines are forced to adapt to  the  specific environment where they are grown, the environment in the vineyard determines what happens to the grapes. Therefore, where, when and how wine grapes are grown significantly impacts color, acidity, ripeness, aroma and flavor. In this session we will taste and compare a variety of wines to show how viticulture, geography, geology, climate, and weather change both grapes and wine. Part III: The Role of the Winemaker Because all great wine begins in the vineyard, how the vines are farmed has a huge influence on the quality of the wine. Yet, the winemaker also  exerts  considerable influence, and the  decisions  made in the winery can alter the wine’s color , aroma, acidity, sweetness, structure , and ability to age. In this session , we will explore how different styles of wine are made, and taste how winemaker decisions interact with terroir to determine the character and flavor of wine.

The World of Rose

Date: April 13, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Cost: $55 Chamber Members & OWEC TRAHC Students $65 General Public
Location: Barley & Vine Tavern, Newberg

Rosé – “a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine.” – Wikipedia

It can vary from clear ruby to pale salmon; it can be dry or sweet, still or sparkling. It is one of the oldest styles of wine, dating back to the Greeks; is produced in just about every wine producing region in the world, pairs with almost any food, and tastes like summer in a glass. Join me to explore the vast and delicious world of rosé .

Future classes in the works:

  • The Wide & Wonderful World of Chardonnay
  • Food & Wine Pairings and Why They Work
  • Beloved of Kings: The Wines of the Loire Valley
  • The Wines of Northwest Italy
  • Old World/New World: An Evening of Comparisons