¡X-Treme Wine Tasting!
Educational Wine Experiences in McMinnville, Oregon
1140 NE Alpine Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128
Jeff D. Peterson is a sociologist, and a professor wine studies. After growing up in Latin America, he has traveled extensively to Latin American and Spanish wine regions, as well grape growing areas of France, England, and his home base of Oregon. Through Vinum Docet (Latin for, “wine educates”) his mission is sharing his love of wine in ways that go beyond conventional technical tastings, to help people explore the many ways in which wine (and food) can be experienced.
Spanish Wines and Food from the Camino
September 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Taste wines from the path of the Camino Frances, which starts in southern France, and then crosses the northern part of Spain, all the way to the Spanish Coast. Hear stories of the Camino, and taste wines from regions along the Way, including from Navarra, Rioja, Galicia and Rias Baixas. Small bites as pairings included. $65 per person. Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)
Wine X-tremes – Wines from Extreme Climates
Octrober 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
How far will humans go to grow grapes and make wine from them? Explore wines from the four corners of the world, including cold regions of Germany’s Mosel Valley, and sparkling from Sussex, England, to arid deserts of Mendoza, Argentina and Andalucía, Spain, to Andean highland wines in Bolivia, grown at 2500 meters (8,000 feet) and up! Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)
I live in Oregon, is it Okay to not Drink Pinot Noir?
November 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Come and drink ONE Pinot Noir, and then move on to other varietals grown in the state of Oregon! Among the possible choices are, Melon de Bourgogne, Riesling, Albariño, Gruner Veltliner, Gamay Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Nebbiolo. Come and learn about the history of different wine varieties, and how they came to be grown in Oregon! Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)
They Make Wine in Bolivia???
December 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Try wines from the rarely talked about wine-making regions of Bolivia in Tarija and the Cinti Valley. Tarija, in southern Bolivia, is home to some remarkable Tannats and Malbecs, and the Cinti Valley is in the Andes, with varietals that go back centuries, all grown at 2500-3000 meters (8,000 to 10,000 ft.). Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)
Argentina and Elevation – Wines from 300 Feet to 10,000 Feet
February 16, 2022 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn about Argentinian wines that are grown in an astounding range of elevations, ranging from the south in Patagonia, where vineyards are of 300-400 feet in elevation, to Mendoza, at 5000+ feet, to the northernmost regions of Argentina of Salta and Cafayate, where vineyards have been planted at elevations from 8000-10,000 feet. Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)
Hit Me With Bubbles!: Bubbly from Around the World
March 9, 2022 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn about techniques used to make sparkling wine from a variety of regions, from Old World to New World, some from areas that you would expect, such as Champagne, France, Prosecco from Italy, and Cava from Spain. Also try sparkling wines from Argentina, Southern England and Oregon! Small bites included. Cost: $65 (Couple’s price: $115)