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Wine Appreciation: Palate Development School with Oliver McCrum
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Wine Appreciation: Palate Development School with Oliver McCrum
May 14, 15 and 21, 6:30-9PM

Novice and wine experts alike, take your wine knowledge to the next level with this three part course taught by wine importer and expert Oliver McCrum. By looking at wine from a structural standpoint and learning how acid, tannin, sweetness, and alcohol interplay in wine, we will begin to better understand our own palates and the components that make each wine unique. Then we will learn how to identify flaws in wine and learn that some flaws are acceptable and even welcome up to a certain threshold unique to each wine drinker. Finally, we will explore wine and food pairing and learn why it is an art, not a science! Throughout the course we will apply our knowledge by tasting wine and in the last class, both wine and food.

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Monday May 14th: Component Tasting
In this first and fundamental class, we will analyze the structure of wine (acid, tannin, alcohol, and sweetness), learn where we taste each component in the mouth, and begin to see wine as more than just pretty aromas. After this first class, you will be able to evaluate wine like a professional and you will gain a better understanding of your palate and your own likes and dislikes.

Tuesday May 15: Wine Faults
Our second class will focus on understanding wine faults and flaws, such as cork taint, oxidation, volatile acidity, and more. We will also discuss thresholds for flaws and understanding yours, as well as how to taste for faults at restaurants (yes, you can return that bottle!)

Monday May 21: Wine & Food
In our final class, we will learn how to pair wine with food. We will approach pairing through an elemental point of view, considering the components of food (such as fat, salt, acid, umami) and how they pair with the components of wine. This class will enable you to pair wine more effortlessly with a much wider range of foods.

Oliver McCrum has been in the wine business since 1978 in England, New York, and close to 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught multiple sold-out classes at 18 Reasons to much acclaim for his depth of knowledge, great teaching skills, and mastery at making wine exciting, approachable, and dynamic for students of all levels. Learn more about Oliver McCrum wines here.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: 18 Reasons
On BPT Since: Nov 20, 2008

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