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Holiday Sparklers with Ali Schmidt & Paul Ozbirn

Member Tickets – $60
Non-Member Tickets – $70
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Add Some Sparkle & Joy to Your Holiday Table!

Don’t let your wine or champagne choice fizzle at the table this year. Add some sparkle and let the wines shine! Join experts Ali Schmidt, Advanced Sommelier and Wine Director at Austin’s favorite Emmer & Rye and Hestia along with Paul Ozbirn, Advanced Sommelier, as they walk you through some of their favorite holiday wines that make any dish or celebration shine. Some of the selections are celebration and higher value wines that make great gifts. Wines can be purchased directly from Austin Wine Merchant going into the holiday season.

Light bites are provided.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot before we sell out!


You will taste wines and bubbles personally selected by experts Ali and Paul that define the holiday and go perfectly for many of the dishes and occasions that many will be participating in over the next few weeks. Guests will have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the wines chosen are special and unique.

You will be treated to an educational tasting of 5 wines that sparkle.

Light bites will be provided.

Other Details:

This class will be on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Commune – 101 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751

The safety and well-being of our guests, hosts, staff, and the community is of utmost importance. All present guidelines from the City of Austin, Travis County, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be adhered to at all events.

WFF is continually working to make sure that the IMBIBE series meets or exceeds all current recommended standards.

Please review our Guest Agreement Terms in advance of your ticket purchase. Tickets are non-refundable.

Masks are required except when sitting and/ or actively eating.


IMBIBE means to consume or absorb – and that’s exactly what you’ll do in our classes… consume and absorb wine, food, and knowledge.

We host about two IMBIBE classes each month – usually on Wednesdays or Thursdays. These classes are a great way to learn, and engage with other like-minded members of our community.  We have a variety of highly knowledgeable professionals who impart great information, and usually a few good laughs, too!



The safety of our community is our top priority. The Wine & Food Foundation has been adapting plans based on new and evolving information through the recommendations of Travis County, the state of Texas and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Wine & Food Foundation has put important measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our attendees during this event.

Please click here for the Guest Participation Agreement and forward this protocol and agreement to your guests.


Registration Begins:

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – 10am CT
Epicureans & Connoisseurs
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – 10am CT
All WFF Members (Epicureans, Connoisseurs, & Aficionados)
Thursday, November 25, 2021 – 10am CT
All Members & Non-Members
Friday, November 26, 2021 – 10am CT