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  • TICKETS ON SALE!
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 | 12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
  • AT&T EXECUTIVE EDUCATION & CONFERENCE CENTER

BUILD YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE

Austin Wine Experience is an afternoon of sommelier and wine educator led seminars and panels paired with a Grand Tasting sip & stroll featuring local Austin chefs and more than fifty wines from around the world.

You choose! Join us for the Grand Tasting or the educational seminars and the Grand Tasting. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

HOW IT WORKS

Looking for a self-paced, casual experience? Join us for the sip & stroll Grand Tasting! The ballroom at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center will be open from 1pm to 4:30 pm for you to taste bites by local Austin chefs and more than fifty wines from around the world.

Want to maximize your educational experience? Choose a seminar! Purchase individual tickets to one, two or three seminars and enjoy a sampling of excellent wines alongside fun and focused discussions led by exceptional industry professionals.

Interested in the total Austin Wine Experience? Purchase the bundle! This gives you access to three seminars of your choice as well as the full offerings of the Grand Tasting. One hour breaks between seminars allow plenty of time to enjoy the Grand Tasting between sessions. Get the most bang for your buck with the bundle!

Seats in the classes are limited, and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

EVENT FORMAT

  • Grand Tasting: 1pm to 4:30pm
  • Session #1: 12pm to 1:15pm
  • Session #2: 2:15pm to 3:30pm
  • Session #3: 4:30pm to 5:45pm
  • Three seminars topics offered each session

CLASS LISTING

SESSION #1 | 12:00 to 1:15 pm

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SPAIN UNTRODDEN

Spain is famous for being home to the most vineyard acreage in the world, yet produces less wine than both France and Italy. This means that there are older vineyards and lower yields than practically every other wine producing region in the world and a vast variety of grapes planted all over the Iberian Peninsula. While Tempranillo from Rioja has dominated, there is a treasure of up-and-coming regions from the Spanish islands to La Mancha and Galicia. These regions are just waiting to be discovered!

SPEAKERS: Ben Roberts, Advanced Sommelier & Ali Schmidt, Certified Sommelier

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WINE & FOOD PAIRING: GUILTY PLEASURES

This decadent tasting is not to be missed! We will pair Champagne, the most elegant, powerful, and alluring of wines for many wine lovers, with your crave-worthy indulgences. In this high-brow vs. low-brow tasting, you will learn the characteristics of sparkling wine that complement even the most simple foods to make the entire experience divine. Think bubbles and frites and a few pairings you'd never expect!

SPEAKER: TBD

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HOW TO BE A SAVVY WINE BUYER

We all love the great wines of the world, from places like Napa Valley, Bordeaux, and Burgundy. However, is it possible to discover bottles that deliver equivalent or even more pleasure while staying within an everyday budget? Yes! This will be an interactive session where you’ll get to blind taste classic wines against our sommelier's value-driven recommendations. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade: how certain wines taste similar to others, why certain wines cost so much, and how to find everyday wines for yourself. It's a fun way to drink, to learn, and be as savvy as a sommelier when you buy wine.

SPEAKERS: Scott Ota, Advanced Sommelier & Nathan Prater, Advanced Sommelier

SESSION #2 | 2:15 to 3:30 pm

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EXPLORING THE SUPER IN SUPER TUSCANS

The term Super Tuscan was coined in the 1970s to describe a trend of winemakers rebelling against the restrictive wine laws of the official regions, namely the Chianti Classico DOCG. Producers proved that they could make world class wines, with hefty price tags, from international grape varieties or by exploring previously untapped areas of Tuscany. Join us for a deep dive into the various styles of wine being produced, the variety of grapes used, and the most exciting geographical nooks of Tuscany.

SPEAKERS: Craig Collins, Master Sommelier & Mark Sayre, Advanced Sommelier

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FOOD AND WINE PAIRING: RIESLING'S UNEXPECTED FRIENDS

Riesling is one of the most acclaimed of the white grapes, but is still widely misunderstood. There are versions that span the entire sweetness spectrum from all over the world, which makes it an excellent choice to complement a range of flavor profiles. Join us to savor some unexpected pairings by Austin's world-class Uchiko and discover why Riesling is a sommelier and foodie favorite!

SPEAKERS: Joelle Cousins, Certified Sommelier, Lindsay Drew, Certified Sommelier & Charlie Wang, Head Sushi Chef, Hai Hospitality

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ICONS OF THE ANDES

The Andes Mountain range divides the wine growing regions of Argentina and Chile and has an ever-present impact on the wines. Consumers often lump together these two countries, but the wines have their own unique character. There's no better to appreciate the differences than in a blind tasting format! From high elevation Malbec to old vine Carmenere, we’ll compare the diversity of all the growing regions, the rich history, and all the current trends of these two dynamic countries.

SPEAKER: Paula Rester, Wine Director, La Corsha Hospitality Group

SESSION #3 | 4:30 to 5:45 pm

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PRODUCER FOCUSED

This seminar will take a deep dive into the history and winemaking philosophy of an iconic winery. Attendees will taste through a selection of the winery's most acclaimend and defining wines.

SPEAKER: TBD

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FOOD AND WINE PAIRING: TRAVEL THROUGH THE LOIRE VALLEY - SOLD OUT

From Muscadet to Sancerre and Pinot Noir to Cabernet Franc, the Loire Valley is home to incredibly diverse and food-friendly styles of wine. These wines are even better when you enjoy them paired with Antonelli’s Cheese! We’ll dive into wine and cheese pairing on the deepest level, discuss the characteristics that form the affinity, and taste 6 wines from various regions of the Loire paired with 6 delicious cheeses from around the world!

SPEAKERS: Mandi Nelson, Certified Sommelier & Kendall Antonelli, Antonelli's Cheese

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TEXAS TEMPRANILLO vs. THE WORLD: A BLIND TASTING

In the last decade, Tempranillo has emerged as a standout varietal for Texas grape growers and winemakers. In this blind tasting, we will explore what makes Texas Tempranillo noteworthy and compare it to selections from around the world. A panel of top Texas winemakers and wine professionals will guide us through all the lessons of making and appreciating this wonderful grape. Can you tell the difference?

MODERATOR: Daniel Kelada

TICKET PRICES

  • Member Bundle (3 Sessions & Grand Tasting) - $150
  • Non-Member Bundle (3 Sessions & Grand Tasting) - $195
  • Member Grand Tasting - $60
  • Non-Member Grand Tasting - $75
  • Member Single Seminar - $50
  • Non-Member Single Seminar - $70

WFFT membership offers advanced notice and member pricing to Foundation events. Find out other benefits of membership here.

Epicurean level tickets available August 1

Connoisseur level tickets available August 5

Aficionado level tickets available August 10

Non-Member tickets available August 15

To register for your seminars, first choose a ticket quantity, then scroll down to select your seminar preference for each session.