Wish you had more wine savvy? Beginning in February, Cayuga Community College will offer a series of courses for beginning oenophiles and those with more advanced knowledge. All classes will include tastings of a selection of wines; participants must be age 21 or older. All but one session will be held at Cayuga's Auburn campus.
Exploring Wine Part 1, designed for students who have not previously taken a wine class at Cayuga, will demystify such topics as major grape varieties, geography and terroir, how to read a label, how to taste wine, terminology, glassware, cellaring, and shopping for value. Participants will taste 8 to 10 wines at each session. The course will meet Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., February 5 to 26, 2009 (no class February 19); tuition is $119.
Exploring Wine Part 2, designed for students with some knowledge of wines, will take a themed approach in sampling 8 to 10 premium and super-premium wines at each of the first five sessions. The sixth session will feature a five-course dinner with five world-class wines at The Point in Auburn. Students can register for as many sessions as they wish. The first five sessions will be held Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., March 5 through April 16, 2009 (no class April 2 or 9), at $49 each. The final session, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009, is $95. Tuition for the full series is $295.
To register for either course, or for details on Part 2 session topics, contact the Community Education Office of Cayuga Community College at 255-1743 x 2228.