Virtual Tasting Premier Host

Showdown Series: Rhône Syrah Versus Global Contenders With Michael Franz

Sat, October 23, 2021 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)

Cost: $90

Syrah-based wines from Northern Rhône appellations such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie have been recognized as among the world’s greatest for well more than a century.  Aside from Shiraz from Australia, contenders at the top level from other global locations are quite new, but the best of them are already strikingly competitive. Extraordinary renditions are now being produced in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, California, Washington, Chile, New Zealand and…of course, Australia. This blind tasting will pit some of the world’s most impressive upstarts against a selection of Rhône’s most exalted examples. Although the competitive aspect of this class will be fun, the tasting will also illuminate the impressively broad range of structural and flavor profiles the Syrah variety can manifest in different growing locations.

Wine samples available for pickup by appointment on Friday, October 22 between 12pm – 5pm.

Additional Information

*If this event is sold out please email to be added to the waitlist. Due to the popularity of Michael’s classes we will be unable to accept requests for cancellation/rescheduling within 5 days of the class date. Outside of the 5 day period, our normal cancellation/rescheduling policy applies.

*If you are registering for more than one person, please be sure to include the other participants’ email address(es) when registering if they will be viewing the class from a different location/device.

*Please make a note of the wine sample pickup date mentioned above, as it will not appear on your registration confirmation.

*We cannot accommodate requests for wine sample pickups in advance of the date/times mentioned above. 

Zoom invitations will be emailed the day of class. 

More information:


  • tasting
  • online
  • virtual
  • class
  • educational
  • rhone
  • syrah

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Capital Wine School

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