The Unusual Suspects: Obscure White Wines

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6:30 pm

May 8, 2017

The Unusual Suspects: Obscure White Wines

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As a wine course instructor for the Learning Life Educator Sector at the University of Minnesota, I bring you a 3 course spring wine series!

Dates: May 8, 15, 22IMG_4613
Time:  6:30-8:30pm each night
Course Fee:  $130
Course Location:  Coffman Memorial Union, Campus Club, University of MN

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Description:  Vin blanc, vino blanco, vinho branco, vino bianca, λευκo κρασi: what better time than spring to explore the world of white wine? But we aren’t talking about the usual suspects—Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay.

It’s common to gravitate toward these reliable standbys, be it out of convenience, price point, or even, to avoid the intimidation and uncertainty that can go hand-in-hand with something lesser known. But did you know there are 9,996 more varietals to discover?

Join sommelier Leslee Miller on an excursion into the world of esoteric, yet quaffable whites made from some of these more obscure varietals, including Treixadura, Assyrtiko, Grillo Müller Thurgau, Scheurebe, and more.

As you sip through this vino venture, you’ll learn about wine-label interpretation and the ins and outs of tasting. You’ll also expand your knowledge of grape varietals and international wine-growing boundaries.

No wine experience is necessary. A $40 fee, payable to the instructor at the first class, will cover the cost of wine for all sessions.

About the instructor:  Leslee Miller is a dually certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is a former director to one of Oregon’s most prestigious Pinot Noir houses, Archery Summit of the Willamette Valley, and acted as a member to the board of directors for Archery Summit’s sister property, Pine Ridge Winery of Napa, California. Miller is sole owner of the wine-consulting firm, Amusée.

Cancellations are subject to a 10-percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed or faxed to: cceinfo@umn.edu | 612-624-5359.

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  • Leslee and Michael,
    I just wanted to thank you both for the spectacular evening you hosted for our group. My wife and I and our guests—and everyone we talked to—had a wonderful time.
    I have never learned so much about beer and wine, glasses, their history and regions, and “pairing” the right way. You were both easy to listen to and are amazingly good at what you do. I’m impressed.
    Thanks, again, for your time and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
    Darryl A Savage, Financial Advisor
    Thrivent Financial
    Burnsville, MN