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There’s a good reason Napa Valley is recognized internationally as one of the world's most reputable areas for wine growing and tourism. Thirty miles long and only five miles across at its widest point, this California gem is home to some of the most diverse microclimates on the planet. From cool and foggy to hot and dry, and with soils that are a patchwork of gravel, sand, and silt, the Napa Valley boasts of more than 16 American Viticultural Areas as distinguished by their unique geographic features.
In this course, sommelier Leslee Miller will take you on a deep dive into this stunning region. You’ll sip and study world-class wines produced from a collection of grape varietals (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc), most of which have been grown in the region for more than 150 years.
You’ll also explore the history of some of the pioneering producers of the region like Mondavi (figurehead Robert was born in Virginia, Minnesota) and Beringer (the oldest continually operated winery in California), and some of the more recent, innovative makers such as Matthiasson (2018 and 2019 James Beard Award Finalist) and Ashes & Diamonds (one of Napa’s newest wineries), all creating exceptional wines from some of California's oldest soils.
No wine experience is necessary. A $30 fee, payable to the instructor at the first class, will cover the cost of wine for all sessions.
Leslee Miller is a dually certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is a former director of Archery Summit Winery 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 owner of the wine-consulting firm Amusée and cofounder of the national wine club Sip Better.