Course description: Exploring Historically Significant Wine with our Minds and Tongues
Portland Underground Grad School
Don’t let the snobbery of the wine industry trick you: all wine is rotten fruit. Let’s revel in human achievement through an exploration of the world of wine, and discover the essential wine knowledge that only insiders seem to know. No need for prior knowledge, just bring a keen desire to learn more about the complex enological jungle.
Saturday, November 18th || noon-3:00pm
Location: Prospect Bottleshop & Bar || 1611 NE Killingsworth
$75 + $30 materials fee (i.e. wine)
There is a phrase in Italian; “tutto il vino è frutto marcio” – “all wine is rotten fruit.” Okay, that isn’t actually an Italian phrase, but it sure sounds better in Italian and it’s accurate!!
In this workshop, you will delve into the history of wine and the basics of grapes and wine production. You will also be taken on a tour of historically significant wine through a guided tasting. This course is great for wine buffs and aspiring winos alike. This is the tentative list of wines you’ll be trying:
1. 2015 Doqi Rkatsiteli – $18
2. Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis Retsina – $14
3. 2010 Gulfi “Nerosanlore” Nero D’ Avola – $40
4. 2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol – $45
5. 2010 Groot Constantia Grand Constance – $60
6. 2014 Meranda – Nixon Catawba – $10
7. 2011 Louis Antoine Luyt El Pais de Quenehuao – $20
8. 2014 Grgich Hills Fume blanc – $28
9. 2014 Eyrie Pinot noir – $35
These wines take you on the route of grape/wine proliferation (Georgia to Sicily to France to South Africa to Chile to the US/Oregon). They are unique grapes/wines, different than ones you’d typically get from a wine shop tasting. Each wine is historically significant in some way (i.e. Bandol is near where the Romans first planted in France, Catawba used to be the #1 grape grown in the US, Eyrie was the first Pinot planted in Oregon etc.). Come a journey of the grape from the Republic of Georgia to Oregon (an 8,000 year trip).
These wines aren’t what consumers would expect from red and white wines. These are historically significant, not commercially appealing on a large scale. They are really good though :)