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Old 02-10-2003, 08:25 PM
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Despite the fact that I shop for wine every week and I drink it
daily, I know very little about wines. For years I've resisted the
impulse to learn more; my stubborn attitude has been something like
"I know I like the stuff, so why complicate this simple pleasure?"
But in fact, I find myself distressingly often in situations in
which I wish I knew more about wines. The usual: 1) what to order
when at a restaurant; or 2) what wine to give as a gift.

Can a "wine tasting/appreciation" course help me here? I ask because
I really don't know what is it that one learns in such a course.
If they just have me taste wines of various qualities side-by-side
so that I can learn what is it that makes a wine "better" than
another, this knowledge would not help me when I'm staring at a
wines list or at shelves at the wine store.

Aside from the above, what should I look for in a wine tasting/appreciation
course? What makes a good course? What makes a bad one?

If anybody knows of a good class to learn about wines in the
Boston/Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) area, please let me know!

TIA,

bill


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Old 03-10-2003, 01:24 PM
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bill wrote in message ...


If anybody knows of a good class to learn about wines in the
Boston/Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) area, please let me know!


You can try the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. They have a
number of different wine courses. A general one that hits many
different areas and grapes and more specific ones that focus on a
specific grape or area. Their website is

http://www.ccae.org/

There are also many stores that give regular tastings. Brookline
Liquor Mart

http://www.blmwine.com/

holds free tastings just about every Saturday afternoon. They usually
have a theme and their goal is to get you to buy, but it is free.

You can also check

http://www.localwineevents.com/

They list for free and for fee wine events by area.

Andy
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