While South Africa is considered part of the New World, the first vines were planted in the mid 1600s. And although the some areas do produce riper fruit, the style of wine-making and the terroir often encourages restraint and earthy finishes thereby producing wines that straddle the Old and New worlds. Join us as we delve deep into this country's unique position in the wine world and taste through distinct expressions of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir plus some of the best expressions of chenin blanc, cinsault and more. Find out about the parts of the country that have 100 years old bush vines that have been farmed by generations, and only now being discovered for wine production. These yield some of the most complex and amazing wines in the market right now. We are pleased to have a guest teacher, Lisa Norris of Broadent Imports, join us for this class. She brings us some of the best South African wines and is an encyclopedia of knowledge!
Flight Wine Bar offers a wine tasting class on the last Saturday of every month as part of a wine education series that began in January 2018. Each class includes a tasting of at least five wines, taking guests on a global journey exploring the tastes and terroir of the world’s finest wine regions. Complimentary bites are included. Kabir Amir and Swati Bose, Certified Sommeliers and owners of Flight, lead the class on an exploration of the vast world of wine, including the processes associated with making wine and the various grape varieties and global wine regions, with additional topics incorporated each month.
We began our first class, Back to Basics, by exploring aromas, flavors profiles, learning to identify what we like and how to navigate wine lists, as well as how to buy wines to continue to learn more about them and widening our palates. Over the course of the year we focused on countries including France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary and USA – and the various regions and wines found in these territories. We delved into wine styles and specific grapes to explore how any one grape can produce wines that vary greatly in flavor and style. We tasted through pinot noirs, chardonnays, and ended the year with sparkling wines and Champagne!
We start 2019 by returning to France, Italy and Spain. In the first three classes, we will dive deeper into their red wines. Each of these countries produce a vast amount and variety of wine. In 2018, we scratched the surface by talking and tasting through a few of their wines. In these classes, we hope to give you a better understanding of their main red wines and the regions that produce them. In the spring and summer, we move on to trying the world of natural wines, rosés, and exploring a new country...South Africa!
Class size limited to 14 people. $65 includes DC sales tax and tip.