Wine Seminars

Wine Seminars

The Virginia Wine Festival and sponsors Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association are committed to the educational aspects of viticulture. Stop in throughout the weekend for free, regularly scheduled tastings, pairings, and educational seminars on a variety of aspects of wine and wine culture.

 

2015 SEMINAR PROGRAM TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Annual Public Meeting
11 to 11:30 a.m.
A summary report will be given on current (2015) and projected 2016 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association wine education and appreciation, promotion and marketing programs and activities. This meeting is open to all who may be interested!

Wine and Food
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“Local Chef Plus Local Wine Equals World Flavors.”  Jeffrey Witte and Jeremy Anderson, Culinary Director and Executive Chef respectively, at Airlie in Warrenton, VA, will pair Virginia wine with modern Virginia cuisine to prove that bringing together foods of the Mid-Atlantic with a Virginia wine pairing is a world class flavor experience.  Director Witte, along with Chef Anderson, will talk about the wines while their culinary talent demonstrates a dish that complements and challenges the palate. Director Witte is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the California School of culinary Arts Le Condon Bleu program. Chef Anderson is a native of Marshall, VA and a graduate of the Art Institute of Washington’s Culinary Arts program.  Both share a passion for local ingredients and grow many of their own vegetables, herbs and fruits in Airlie’s Local Food Project and works with suppliers at over 35 area farms.  This year they are celebrating the one year anniversary of their flagship restaurant at Airlie, the Garden Bistro.

Are you using The Right WINE Glass?
2 to 2:50 p.m.
Arthur Roberts, wine aficionado, student of wine and owner of ARTon, Wine Glass Decorators and Suppliers of Lively, Virginia, will share with you how the type, size and style of the wine glass is very important in maximizing your perception of the flavors of your wine and in increasing your enjoyment of the wine you are drinking.  While demonstrating the differences between the various types of glasses Arthur will help you decide which is the best glass for the style and type of wine.  The best glass is the one that pleases you the most

Wine Judging
3 to 3:50 p.m.
“Wine Judging Made Simple.”  Walter Rachele, a graduate of the American Wine Society Wine Judge Training Program, a wine judge in the American Wine Society commercial wine competitions and a Cadre member of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, an international wine group, will walk participating attendees through the basics of wine judging, using the standard U.C. Davis scoring sheet.  Four to six different wine varietals will be poured and discussed, including some history and wine grape origin comments.  Mr. Rachele will lead a group evaluation of each wine’s color, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. Learn what is behind the scores of wine judges in local and national competitions.

Wine 101 Plus
4 to 5 p.m.
“Discovering the Aromas and Tastes in Wine – Experiments You Can Do at Home.” Kenneth Haapala, Master Commander of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, wine writer and lecturer, will lead you through the basic aromas, tastes and different mouth sensations that excite your senses of smell and taste from whatever wine that may fill your glass. Your palate is unique. Only you can tell what you really like or dislike in a particular wine. The purpose of this seminar is not to make you a wine expert overnight, but to describe experiments you can try at home, or with a group, to better explore your own palate and discover the aromas and tastes in wines.

 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wine and Food
1:00 to 1:50 p.m.
“Local Chef Plus Local Wine Equals World Flavors.”  Jeffrey Witte and Jeremy Anderson, Culinary Director and Executive Chef respectively, at Airlie in Warrenton, VA, will pair Virginia wine with modern Virginia cuisine to prove that bringing together foods of the Mid-Atlantic with a Virginia wine pairing is a world class flavor experience.  Director Witte, along with Chef Anderson, will talk about the wines while their culinary talent demonstrates a dish that complements and challenges the palate. Director Witte is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the California School of culinary Arts Le Condon Bleu program. Chef Anderson is a native of Marshall, VA and a graduate of the Art Institute of Washington’s Culinary Arts program.  Both share a passion for local ingredients and grow many of their own vegetables, herbs and fruits in Airlie’s Local Food Project and works with suppliers at over 35 area farms.  This year they are celebrating the one year anniversary of their flagship restaurant at Airlie, the Garden Bistro.

Are you using The Right WINE Glass?
2 to 2:50 p.m.
Arthur Roberts, wine aficionado, student of wine and owner of ARTon, Wine Glass Decorators and Suppliers of Lively, Virginia, will share with you how the type, size  and style of the wine glass is very important in maximizing your perception of the flavors of your wine and in increasing your enjoyment of the wine you are drinking.  While demonstrating the differences between the various types of glasses Arthur will help you decide which is the best glass for the style and type of wine.  The best glass is the one that pleases you the most.

Wine Judging
3 to 3:50 p.m.
“Wine Judging Made Simple.”  Walter Rachele, a graduate of the American Wine Society Wine Judge Training Program, a wine judge in the American Wine Society commercial wine competitions and a Cadre member of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, an international wine group will walk participating attendees through the basics of wine judging, using the standard U.C. Davis scoring sheet.  Four to six different wine varietals will be poured and discussed, including some history and wine grape origin comments.  Mr. Rachele will lead a group evaluation of each wine’s color, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. Learn what is behind the scores of wine judges in local and national competitions.

Wine 101 Plus
4 to 5 p.m.
“Discovering the Aromas and Tastes in Wine – Experiments You Can Do at Home.” Kenneth Haapala, Master Commander of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, wine writer and lecturer, will lead you through the basic aromas, tastes and different mouth sensations that excite your senses of smell and taste from whatever wine that may fill your glass. Your palate is unique. Only you can tell what you really like or dislike in a particular wine. The purpose of this seminar is not to make you a wine expert overnight, but to describe experiments you can try at home, or with a group, to better explore your own palate and discover the aromas and tastes in wines.