San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Wine Elite Society is Southern California’s final destination for wine lovers—from dabbling dilettantes to committed connoisseurs. We meet regularly in Orange County to taste quality wines in an elegant and relaxed, yet fun and entertaining dinner setting.
The topic of this event is The Most Important Secondary Grapes. We’ll have 8+wines, selected from among the following grape-and-region combinations:
- Lagrein, Northern Italy
- Pinotage, South Africa
- Aglianico, Campania, Southern Italy
- Monastrell, Spain
- Nero D'Avola, Sicily, Italy
- Carmenere, Chile
- Blauer Zweigelt, Austria
Plus some well-known Wine Elite stars:
- 2004 Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
- 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva, Spain
And a cult wine: Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio—or, the “Tears of Jesus.”
More About the Wine Elite Society
The Wine Elite Society sources wines from around the world, offering a truly unique tasting experience for those looking to go beyond the familiar wines of California.
Along with each dinner course, we serve two or more wines for a comparative blind tasting discussion, led by professional sommeliers whose task it is to identify each wine with input from our many knowledgeable attendees before the bottles are revealed.
This tasting format enables newcomers and experts alike to comfortably engage in the tasting discussion at any level of knowledge, and to advance quickly in wine knowledge at a small fraction of the time, effort and cost of studying wines by any other method.
Among the many things those new to wine can expect to learn are:
- The world’s key grape varieties, regions, styles and quality vintages
- How to taste wines systematically to appreciate their flavors more fully
- Wine terminology, how to read wine labels, and proper wine etiquette
- How to source, purchase, transport, store and consume aged wines
- How to buy with confidence from any store or any restaurant menu
Attendees enjoy gourmet food, quality networking opportunities, and an inviting social atmosphere. Our partner restaurants have multi-star chefs and provide us with beautiful private rooms or sections of their restaurants for an intimate experience.
The cost of the ticket (including the listed fee) is truly all-inclusive, and it covers a multi-course dinner, 8 to 10+ wines, sommelier guidance, restaurant corkage fees, the private dining area, parking, tax and gratuity. Refunds are available until four days before an event. Attendee satisfaction is guaranteed.
We look forward to welcoming you to this and any other of our upcoming events!
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About Jörn Kleinhans, Founder
Jörn “Joey” Kleinhans, Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) and Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), has entertained thousands of wine enthusiasts at hundreds of guided tasting events across the United States.
As an independent sommelier, seminar instructor and professional speaker on wine, Jörn works with leading hotels, restaurants, destination managers and meeting planners to design engaging, interactive events for clients. (Go here to learn more about special events.)
Jörn has led many team building activities for Fortune 500 companies, and fine wine appreciation and etiquette seminars for client-facing professionals. Event partners include Ritz-Carlton, House of Blues, Live Nation, and Patina Group, among others. Corporate clients include Boeing, Merrill Lynch, Visa, PIMCO, Smart & Final, MassMutual, Edwards Lifesciences, Life Technologies, Aetna, and more.
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The Wine Elite Sommelier Company
The Wine Elite Sommelier Company is America’s final destination for serious wine lovers. Our entertaining wine seminars are dedicated to tasting high-quality wines from around the world, with a systematic and long-lasting educational approach.
What recent past attendees thought:
"I thought the course was VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING! I am a wine novice, just casually enjoyed wine, and had next to no knowledge…..I felt it gave so much information and I am totally hooked, and want to keep learning! – I will definitely take it again, or the certification course. I am also going to refer a few friends."
"I really enjoyed the class. I had been looking for some sort of low pressure, fun sommelier educational class for over a year and I feel so fortunate to have come across your class. I thought things were organized and ran very well. I liked how fast paced and extremely educational it was. I am impressed with how much I learned in such a short time period. Thank you for doing a great job!"