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  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
  • AT&T EXECUTIVE EDUCATION AND CONFERENCE CENTER
  • 11:30AM TO 6PM

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

Join us for the Grand Tasting or the educational seminars and the Grand Tasting.

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 4pm to 6 pm for you to taste thoughtful food pairings by the Carillon 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. 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

  • Session #1: 11:30am to 12:45pm
  • Session #2: 1:15pm to 2:30pm
  • Session #3: 3:00pm to 4:15pm
  • Grand Tasting: 4:00pm to 6pm
  • Three seminars topics offered each session

CLASS LISTING

SESSION #1 | 11:30 to 12:45 pm

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NAPA VALLEY CABERNET VS. BORDEAUX - SOLD OUT

Compare and contrast the red wines of Bordeaux with diversity that Cabernet from the Napa Valley has to offer by tasting flagship wines from top producers. Attendees will taste iconic Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux blends accompanied by thoughtful selections from Antonelli's Cheese Shop.

SPEAKERS: Daniela DaSuta, Wine Educator, Sekt Wine Consulting & Nathan Prater, Advanced Sommelier

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PERFECT PAIRING: TEXAS WINE & BARBECUE

Texas Wine expert and Advanced Sommelier, Jason Hisaw, will guide guests through a true taste of Texas as he reveals his top flight of barbecue friendly wines. Also on hand, Yoni Levin host of the Best BBQ Show podcast, will dish on his favorite Texas barbecue, pitmasters, and restaurants. Savor the craft of Texas fine wine and BBQ by Brewer's Table in this flavor packed seminar!

SPEAKERS: Jason Hisaw, Advanced Sommelier, RNDC Texas Portfolio Manager, Clay Cowgill, Pitmaster, Snow's BBQ, and Yoni Levin, Best BBQ Show

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SUSTAINABILITY IN WINE

Sustainable wines strive to have a winemaking process that protects the environment, supports social responsibility and maintains economic viability without sacrificing the quality of the wine. Join Certified Sommelier, Lindsay Drew, as she demystifies the buzzwords of sustainability in wine - biodynamic, organic, natural - by tasting examples of high quality wines from well-established producers such as Chateau Beaucastel as well as newcomers to the scene.

SPEAKERS: Lindsay Drew, Certified Sommelier and Jim Kamas, Associate Professor & Extension Fruit Specialist Director, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab

SESSION #2 | 1:15 to 2:30 pm

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NEBBIOLO, ABOVE THE FOG

Nebbiolo is said to have derived its name from the Piedmontese word, nebia, meaning "fog." During harvest, which generally takes place in late October, an intense fog blankets the vineyards making an indelible impression on the wine. This seminar will explore the Nebbiolo grape focusing on Barbaresco, Barolo & Valtellina wines from historic producers of Winebow Imports. Tasty selections from Antonelli's Cheese Shop will accompany these food loving wines.

SPEAKER: Sam Kass, Director of Portfolio Management, Winebow LLS

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BLIND TASTING: CLASSIC WINES, CLASSIC REGIONS

Put your blind tasting skills to the test with Advanced Sommeliers Patrick Olds and Mark Sayre in this deductive tasting method seminar for enthusiasts. Utilizing classic wines from classic regions, guests will learn how to amplify their perception of a wine in the glass and walk away with some new tools to accurately describe its characteristics.

SPEAKERS: Patrick Olds, Advanced Sommelier Assistant Wine Director, McGuire Moorman Hospitality and Mark Sayre, Advanced Sommelier, Service Director, McGuire Moorman Hospitality

SAKE TASTING

WINE & FOOD PAIRING: SAKE FROM EAST TO WEST

Saké is one of the most underappreciated gems of the beverage world. The complex and foreign-sounding terminology and unique production methods can overwhelm even the most adventurous wine lovers. In this session, we’ll have saké explained by experts from Ramen Tatsu-ya. Guests will explore the versitility of saké through three bites migrating from fully Japanese/Traditional, Western/Japanese hybrid, to a final fully Western bite to demonstrate the ability of sake to pair with various types of food.

SPEAKERS: Bryan Parsons, Sake Specialist for Tatsuya Group, Advanced Sake Specialist, SEC, Tony Perez, Sake Specialist for Tatsuya Group, Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Ramen Tatsu-ya

SESSION #3 | 3:00 to 4:15 pm

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VOLCANIC WINES

Your tastebuds will erupt during this exploration of volcanic wines with Advanced Sommelier, Paul Ozbirn and Certified Sommelier Ali Schmidt. Examine the common characteristics of wines, ranging in style, from the volcanic areas of some of your favorite regions such as Northern California, Italy, and Greece. If you enjoy powerful and savory wines with beautiful intensity, you won't want to miss this seminar.

SPEAKERS: Paul Ozbirn, Advanced Sommelier and Ali Schmidt, Certified Sommelier

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SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ICONS

Often times, new world wines from the southern hemisphere are left out of the discussion when considering the world's seminal wines and winemakers. Certified sommelier, Joelle Cousins, aims to change that as she highlights the iconic wineries including Clos Apalta and many more and highly rated wines from Australia, South America and South Africa.

SPEAKERS: Joelle Cousins, Certified Sommelier & Luis La Torre, Advanced Sommelier

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WINE & FOOD PAIRING: CHAMPAGNE METHOD AROUND THE WORLD

Indulge in this tasting of traditional champagne method wines from unique places around the world with thoughtful food pairings by the Carillon. Learn what processes define this centuries-old, classic method and how the winemaking imparts deep flavor and effervescence that we associate with wines from Champagne.

SPEAKERS: Scott Ota, Advanced Sommelier, General Manager and Beverage Director of High Street Wine Co & Austin Tabbone, Certified Sommelier, Manager & Beverage Leader of High Street Wine Co

TICKET PRICES

  • Member Bundle (3 Sessions & Grand Tasting) - $150
  • Non-Member Bundle (3 Sessions & Grand Tasting) - $195
  • Member Grand Tasting - $45
  • Non-Member Grand Tasting - $55
  • 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.

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

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