Beginning Friday, August 5, 2016, Carlson Creek Vineyard will be kicking off a series of educational wine events at their Scottsdale tasting room (4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251).

Taking place every other Friday at 6 p.m., the series begins with a Wine 101 class for those new to drinking wine or simply wanting to learn more about the different varietals; followed by a blind tasting class, which will teach attendees how to recognize the unique characteristics of wines and discern amongst them; followed by olfactory and palate training, which will train one’s sense of smell and taste to pick up the subtle nuances of each wine.

“Educational wine classes and events are something we’ve always wanted to do, and are now able to offer thanks to our new space in Scottsdale,” said co-owner Robert Carlson III. “These classes will not only expand one’s knowledge of wine and the winemaking process, but will also touch on our company’s history and the growth of the Arizona wine industry.”

Each one-hour class will also allow ample time for Q&A and one-on-one time with the winemaker at only 14 people per class. The 2016 lineup is as follows:

Friday, August 5: Wine 101

Friday, August 19: Blind Tasting

Friday, September 2: Olfactory Training

Friday, September 16: Palate Training

Friday, September 30: Wine 101

Friday, October 14: Blind Tasting

Friday, October 28: Olfactory Training

Friday, November 11: Palate Training

Friday, December 9: Wine 101

Friday, December 23: Blind Tasting

To reserve a seat in class ($20/person or $10 for Carlson Creek Wine Society members), call Carlson Creek’s Scottsdale tasting room at 480.947.0636.

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