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Summer Sparklers: Champagne Alternatives to Beat the Heat

June 26, 2019 4pm, June 26, 2019 6pm

What's the best summer sipper to beat the heat in Texas? Bubbles are always the right answer— and you don't need to break the bank to enjoy them! We will go beyond cava and prosecco to explore lesser known, delicious options from around the world like cremant de jura, pét-nat, txakoli rosé, sparkling falanghina, oltropò pavese and sekt. Your summer just got a lot more effervescent!

Reminder: Our classes start promptly at their advertised time. If you arrive late we'll do our best to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee that you will be served all of the wines.

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About the instructor:

Advanced Sommelier Vilma Mazaite’s passion for wine began at a very early age. She grew up in Lithuania, where no wine is made and beer is king, but her family was always fond of having a bottle of wine with dinner.

When Vilma moved to the US, she landed a position as an assistant for Rajat Paar, who at the time was Wine Director for Michael Mina in Las Vegas. Learning from one of the best in the industry, Vilma’s knowledge about and passion for wine continued to grow, setting her up for great success.

Working with Rajat, she went on to help open the Wynn Resort, created a wine list for Steve Kalt at Corsa Cucina and worked with famed restaurateur Paul Bartolotta. Her link to Bartolotta and his modern Italian menu ignited Vilma’s own love for Italy, which led her to Manhattan, where she landed a position working for renowned chef Mario Batali at Babbo. In 2009 she moved to Aspen, taking a position as Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Little Nell hotel.

In 2012, Vilma packed her bags once again and headed to Austin to build and open laV restaurant and wine bar. After achieving national recognition for laV wine program, Vilma continued in wine industry by changing roles. She now manages Domaine Select Import Wine and Spirits portfolio in Texas and focuses on raising her baby boy!