Did you know that Boulder Wine Merchant offers free wine education classes, led by owner and Master Sommelier, Brett Zimmerman? Maybe I miss the classroom setting or learning something new every day, but when I hear about a free lecture or class, I jump at the opportunity to participate.
The classes are held Saturday afternoons at the store in a small setting of 10-15 people. Reservations are required, and I recommend calling as soon as possible to save a spot. It is also possible to reserve more than one spot to bring friends and family members.
The classes tend to focus on a specific wine region or type that is lesser known. I have taken classes on Gruner Veltliner, Italian reds and most recently, a class on Champagne. Brett Zimmerman sometimes puts together a PowerPoint or handout that guides the listener through the class.
Each class features four different wines to taste, varying in price points, from different wine makers. This way, the students can compare the variations side by side, ask questions and find a new favorite.
The wines featured can be purchased at BWM. On the day of the class, there is a discount offered to class participants.
The last class I took was after Thanksgiving focusing on Champagne, often thought of as a traditional, holiday beverage. Though I do not like Champagne, this class presented an opportunity to expand my palette and learn how complex bubbly can be.
The best way to stay informed about upcoming classes is to pick up the monthly newsletter at BWM or sign up for their emails. These classes provide an opportunity to learn from a master, taste new wine and interact with other wine lovers for free! What can be better than that?
Thank you to Ariana Ross of Boulder Wine Merchant for the correction on the frequency of classes and how best to find out about them.