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The Art of the Blend: Wine with Stephen Meuse
Thu, April 6, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Wine's best-kept secret may be how much winemakers depend on mixing fruit and finished wine sourced from different places and different vines.
What originally motivated winemakers to blend and what advantages does it provide today? What techniques do winemakers employ in designing an appealing blend? We'll answer all these questions while we taste examples of a few of the world's great blended wines, including Bordeaux, Champagne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Rioja. And to help you fully understand the art of the blend, we will challenge you to mix your own perfect sip to enjoy at the end of class.
This class is part of our Wine Tasting Revolution series with Stephe Meuse.
Most wine tasting glasses are by the book, but at Milk Street, we prefer to take a fresh approach. Wine expert Stephen Meuse will change your thinking about how to taste and serve wine, what makes a good wine and why it’s time to throw out most of the rules and regulations that make tasting wine a chore instead of a pleasure. You'll learn that rieslings are not always sweet, a simple Beaujolais can stand in for expensive Burgundies, older vines don’t necessarily make better wine and more on the first Thursday of every month.
Stephen Meuse has taught courses in the history of food and wine at Boston University’s graduate program in gastronomy and was longtime wine columnist for The Boston Globe. He regularly talks wine on NPR’s Milk Street Radio with host Christopher Kimball. He can often be spotted stocking shelves and dusting bottles in the wine department of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts – though most days he leaves his spots at home.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please enter 49 India Street into your GPS. The doors to our school are directly across the street. They are the brown double doors with bowties on them.
- Boston Harbor Garage (known as the Aquarium Garage)
- 75 State Street
- Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
- State Street on Blue and Orange Line
- Government Center on the Blue and Green Lines
- Haymarket on the Orange and Green Lines, and multiple bus lines
- 4, 92, 93, 352, 354
The direct entrance to our school is across from 49 India Street.
Should I eat before class?
You will have light snacks in class and multiple tastes of wine. If you would like a substantial dinner, please plan on eating before or after the event.
What is the maximum number of students in class?
Different classes have different student/participant caps. Here are general guidelines for maximum student capacity:
- Hands-on cooking classes: 16
- Cooking demonstrations accommodate: 30
- Milk Street Sessions: 50
- Be Our Guest: 16
- Free monthly tour: 10
- Wine classes: 20
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. All students must be 21+ years old.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket refundable or transferrable?
Yes. Tickets are refundable up to seven days before an event and transferable to another student at any time. Within seven days of the event, we do not offer refunds.