Wine aficionados and wine novices alike should be on the alert to next Tuesday’s 2nd Annual Riedel Wine Tasting Seminar, this year held at the gorgeous Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa from 6:30pm-9pm.

Event planner Catrina Maria assures no prior knowledge of wine is needed: “Anyone would enjoy this seminar and those who do not love wine already may find they enjoy it more after drinking wine from the correct glass. It opens your eyes to how different the same wine can taste.” Being a wine novice myself, I can’t wait to gain a little insight into how a wine glass affects the flavor of the wine and expand the breadth of my wine knowledge beyond the basics.

The workshop, presented by Sylvie Laly, showcases Riedel’s Vinum XL glasses and teaches you how to pair the correct glass with the correct wine. Special guest, Chris Macias, food and wine writer for the Sacramento Bee, will also be present to share his personal wine knowledge. Managing Editor, Rachael Lankford, who attended the event last year, says “What I was most astonished with was when we tasted the wine in a plastic cup and then compared it to tasting it in a glass. I was blown away! The wine tasted completely different—you couldn’t even taste the wonderful qualities of the wine that the winemaker had so carefully cultivated…it changed my entire wine tasting perspective.”

Tastings will be provided by Sean Minor Wines, one of many fine wineries in California. Catrina Maria divulges that tastes of the 2010 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Central Coast Chardonnay, 2010 Cerneros Pinot Noir, and newly-released 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet will be poured at the event, plus nine food samplings will be provided. Come thirsty & hungry!

In addition to the wine tastings, food samplings, and the seminar itself, the $75 ticket price also includes a set of 4 Riedel Vinum XL glasses, like the ones you’ll be testing at the event. The 4-set usually costs $123 by itself, so either way you look at it, you’re getting a deal!

This event is presented by the Sacramento Chapter of National Association of Catering Executives with support from Sacramento Magazine, Our Wedding, and Sierra Select Distributors & Standards of Excellence.


Written by Assistant Editor, Alison Kranz


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