an introduction to wine!
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

an introduction to wine!

It's a big wine-world out there! This 5-week, in-depth course is designed for the beginner wine-enthusiast looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of wine basics.

Class will be held Monday evenings 6-8:30pm, Februrary 3, 2020 - March 9, 2020 (there is no class Feb 17)

The course is developed and led by certified Sommeliers Heather Rankin (co-Owner) and Erin Beazely and  covers wine sensory and theory fundamentals including winemaking basics, tasting techniques, core grape varieties, food pairing, and regional highlights.

You will taste 25 wines with custom food pairings designed and prepared by Chef Josh MccCarty with this course in mind. As well, a comprehensive course manual will be provided for you to keep.

A general outline is detailed below:

Class 1: Introduction to Wine
Introduction to Wine; The Concept of Terroir; How Wine is Made; How to Taste Wine; Choosing, Storing, and Serving Wine; Basic Economics of Wine, Food Pairing Principles

Class 2: Sparkling Wine
Defining Sparkling Wine; History of Sparkling Wine; Major Styles, Grapes and Regions; How Sparkling Wine is Made, Tasting and Evaluating Sparkling Wine, Pairing Food with Sparkling Wine

Class 3: White Wine
How White Wines are Made; Major Styles, Grapes and Regions; Tasting and Evaluating White Wine, Pairing Food with White Wine

Class 4: Red Wine
How Red Wines are Made; Major Styles, Grapes and Regions; Tasting and Evaluating Red Wine, Pairing Food with Red Wine

Class 5: Rosé, Fortified & Dessert Wine
Rosé: Defining Rosé and How It's Made; Major Styles, Grapes and Regions; Port, Sherry, Sauternes and Icewine: The History, How They're Made and When To Drink; Pairing Food with Fortified & Dessert Wine.

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an intro to natural wine!
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

an intro to natural wine!

This 4-week, in-depth course is designed for the beginner wine-enthusiast looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of Natural Wine.

Class will be held Monday evenings 6-8:30pm, April 20, 2020 - May 11, 2020.

The course is developed and led by certified Sommeliers Heather Rankin (co-Owner) and Erin Beazely and  covers wine sensory and theory fundamentals including winemaking basics, tasting techniques, food pairing, and regional highlights.

You will taste 20 natural wines with custom food pairings designed and prepared by Chef Josh MccCarty. As well, a comprehensive course manual will be provided for you to keep.

A general outline is detailed below:

Class 1: Natural Wine, An Overview
Defining Natural Wine; Conventional vs Commercial vs Natural; The Origins and Resurgence of Natural Wine; Popular Criticims & Controversies; Wine Faults; Leaders in Natural Wine; How to Source Natural Wine; Where Is Natural Wine Going?

Class 2: Natural Wine In The Vineyard
Farming Methods: Sustainable vs Organic vs Biodynamic; Dry Farming vs Irrigation; Manual vs Machine; Regional and Site Advantages; Environmental Benefits and Initiatives

Class 3: Natural Wine In The Cellar
Winemaking: Conventional vs Low Intervention vs Natural; Wild Fermentation; Sulphur; Filtering and Fining; Fermentation Vessels; Adjustments and Additives; Common Natural Wine Styles: Pet-Nat, Orange

Class 4: Regional Hotspots
Regional Hotspots for Natural Wine: Fringe Champagne, Northern Beaujolais, Austria, Georgia, Sicily; Jura.

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the wines of nova Scotia!
Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

the wines of nova Scotia!

Nova Scotia is an emerging wine region, but it's growing fast and taking the wine world by storm! As proud Nova Scotians, we have a duty to understand this budding industry of ours - and help others get to know it, too! 

For this reason, we are so excited to offer our second Wines of Nova Scotia course at Obladee. This is a 6-week, in-depth course designed for the beginner wine-enthusiast looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of Nova Scotian wine, Nova Scotian terroir and the food that goes with it!

Class will be held each Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 July 7, 2020 - Aug 4, 2020 with a day trip to the valley Sunday Aug 9! Each class will include a full lecture with detailed notes, along with regional wine and food pairings. A comprehensive course manual will be provided for you to keep.

The course is developed and led by Sommeliers Heather Rankin (co-Owner) and Erin Beazley with food pairings designed by head Chef Josh McCarty

A general outline is detailed below:

Class 1
History of Winemaking in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s Wine Industry Today
Regional Overview: Wine Growing Areas
Main Grapes & Wine Styles
Bear River Valley
Avon River Valley

Class 2
Annapolis Valley

Class 3
Gaspereau Valley

Class 4
Malagash Peninsula/Northumberland Strait
Marble Mountain/Bras d’Or
LaHave River Valley

Class 5
Nova Scotia Wine Industry Today
Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS)
Tidal Bay: Nova Scotia’s Appellation Wine
Traditional Method Sparkling Wine
National/International Awards & Recognition
The Future of Nova Scotia Wine
Tasting: Specialty Wines & Food Pairings

Class 6
Chartered Day Trip to The Annapolis Valley (Sun, Aug 9)
- Private Viticultural Tour and Cellar Tasting with two local Winery Owners and Winemakers. Transportation to and from the city, and lunch, is provided

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the wines of Italy!
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

the wines of Italy!

We are excited to offer our first Wines of Italy Course at Obladee. This is a 6-week, in-depth course designed for the beginner wine-enthusiast looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of Italian wine. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

Class will be held each Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 beginning October 6, 2020 and ending November 10, 2020.

The course is developed and led by Heather Rankin (co-owner, Sommelier) and Erin Beazley (Sommelier) and will cover wine sensory and theory fundamentals including winemaking basics, tasting techniques, core grape varieties, classification systems, regional breakdowns, help with labels, buying tips, and more!

In addition to lecture, you will be tasting 24 select wines each with custom food pairings designed and prepared with this course in mind. As well, a comprehensive course manual will be provided for you to keep.

A general outline is detailed below:

Class 1: Introduction & The Piemonte
Overview of Italy; History of Italian Wine; Quality Designations: The DOC System; Introduction to Italian Wine Terms; Piemonte

Class 2: The Rest of the Northwest & Northeast
Valle d'Aosta; Liguria; Lombardy; Trentino-Alto Adige; Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Veneto

Class 3: Tuscany
Chianti; Montelcino; Montepulciano; Super-Tuscans & Sassicaia

Class 4: The Rest of Central Italy
Emilia-Romagna; Le Marche; Umbria; Lazio; Abruzzo 

Class 5: The South
Campania; Molise; Puglia; Basilicata; Calabria

Class 6: Sicily & Sardegna

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the wines of france!
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

the wines of france!

We are excited to offer our second Wines of France Course at Obladee. This is a 6-week, in-depth course designed for the beginner wine-enthusiast looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of French wine. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

Class will be held each Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 beginning November 5, 2019 and ending December 10, 2019.

$285 per person

The course is developed and led by Heather Rankin (co-owner, Sommelier) and Erin Beazley (Sommelier) and will cover wine sensory and theory fundamentals including winemaking basics, tasting techniques, core grape varieties, classification systems, regional breakdowns, help with labels, buying tips, and more!

In addition to lecture, you will be tasting 24 select wines each with custom food pairings designed and prepared with this course in mind. As well, a comprehensive course manual will be provided for you to keep.

A general outline is detailed below:

Class 1: France: An Overview, Champagne & Other Sparkling Wines
- Overview of France
- History of French Sparkling Wine
- Sparkling Winemaking Methods
- Champagne In-Depth: Grapes, terroir, regulations, “grower” champagne
- Sparkling Tasting with Food Pairings

Class 2: Alsace & The Loire Valley
- Regional History of Alsace and The Loire Valley
- Major Grapes & Styles
- Defining Terroir
- Classifications and Regulations
- Alsace and Loire Tasting with Food Pairings

Class 3: Burgundy & Beaujolais
- History & The Establishment of Terroir
- Traditional Grapes & Styles
- Classification Systems
- The Villages of Burgundy, The Crus of Beaujolais
- Winemaking
- Regional Regulations
- The Natural Wine Contingent
- Burgundian & Beaujolais Tasting with Food Pairings

Class 4: Bordeaux & The Rhone
- History
- Major Grapes and Terroir
- Winemaking, Blending
- Leading Appellations, The Importance of Chateau
- Classification System and Regulations
- Regional Breakdown
- Bordeaux & Rhone Tasting with Food Pairings

Class 5: Jura, The Savoie, Corsica and Provence
- History, Natural Wine
- Climate, Geography
- Grapes and Styles
- Vin Jaune (Jura)
- Regional Regulations
- Regional Wine Tasting with Food Pairings

Class 6: Languedoc-Roussillon, The SouthWest, Armagnac & Cognac
- History and Resurgence
- Terroir
- Important Appellations and Dominant Grapes
- Regional Regulations
- Other Wines: Vins Doux Naturels, Banyuls
- Regional Wine Tasting with Food Pairings

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