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Champagne Tasting & Appreciation Class
Sunday, December 02, 2012, 12:00pm - 02:00pm
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In time for the holidays when you need some delicious bubbly to toast in the New Year comes a wine appreciation class and tasting with the master of bubbly, Barry Jackson of Equinox here in Santa Cruz. Learn about the production of sparkling wine and taste different sparkling wine styles. This class is part of a series of wine appreciation classes offered by the Surf City Vintners, a group of wineries on the Westside. Taste and learn about wine from a group of master winemakers who altogether have over 150 years of winemaking experience. Hear their stories. Taste their wine. It's informal and fun. Additional classes in the series include: - Jan. 13, 2013: Wine Tasting 101, with Michael Sones, Sones Cellars - Feb. 10, 2013: Iberian Wines, with Jeff Emery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard/Quinta Cruz - March 10, 2013: Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, with Joe Miller, Rexford Winery - April, 2013: Chardonnay Styles, with Steve Storrs, Storrs Winery

Location : Equinox Champagne Cellars, 427 Swift St., Santa Cruz
Contact : Mary Lindsay 408-234-2079
$30; $25 for wine club members of any of the Surf City Vintners


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