Posted: Jan 19 2017
by: Stevie Stacionis

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Meet the Winemaker Class Series 2017

Please join us for this very special survey of New California winemakers at Sunday School! We are SO, SO, SO excited for this new series of classes spanning each Sunday in February and March 2017...

What's the "New California"? The phrase has come into general parlance to describe a new face of California winemaking. In contrast to recent decades' "bigger is better" mentality and focus on a handful of French-influenced noble varieties, the New California combines a decided emphasis on brighter, fresher wines as well as potentially off-the-beaten-path varieties, vineyard sites, winemaking techniques and approaches. Our 2017 Meet the Winemaker series hosts a range of newer California winemakers--many that we believe are the bright young stars of tomorrow as well as those who have won accolades and come to define the category. 

In these winemaker-led classes, we'll ask each host to speak to the challenges and opportunities of making wine in California today: What led him or her to make the wines they are producing? What's hard? What's exciting? What's unique in today's California wine-growing landscape as well as sales market? And what are their hopes, aspirations and even fears are about growing their label into the future? We hope to open up an honest, encouraging and vulnerable conversation between winemaker and consumer--between these one- or two-man-or-woman shows and YOU, our guests, who literally help put food on their tables by buying their wines.

The Full Series Class Pack is sold out. However, tickets to each individual class are available by calling (510-686-3615) or coming into the shop the day of class beginning at 1pm. Class starts at 3pm. Note that remaining spots may be standing room only, but ALL attendees will receive wine! Questions? Email! 

These types of classes are exactly why we exist: to foster community and conversation and to grow our appreciation for each other. Thank you sincerely for supporting our mom-and-pop shop and these mom-and-pop producers who are forging the way for the future of California wine! Hope to see you on a coming Sunday!

To secure a spot at any class below, you may call or come into the shop the day of class beginning at 1pm. Class starts at 3pm. Due to demand, spots may be standing room only, but ALL attendees will receive wine. 


Planned Class Schedule:

February 5, 3:00pm: Megan Glaab of Ryme Cellars and Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth of Lost & Found

February 12, 3:00pm: Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wine Co., Jon Keyes of Dropout Wines, Jared Brandt of Donkey & Goat

February 19, 3:00pm: Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines, Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Wines

February 26, 3:00pm: Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars, Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy

March 5, 3:00pm: John Donaghue of Thee and Thou, Chris Cottrell of Bedrock Wine Co.

March 12, 3:00pm: Faith Armstrong Foster of Onward Wines, Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope

March 19, 3:00pm: Laura Brennan Bissell of Inconnu, Alex Pitts of The Scholium Project and Maître de Chai

March 26, 3:00pm: Rajat Parr of Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi, Scott Schultz of Jolie-Laide Wines


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