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September 13, 2012
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Local wine tasting classes offered

Rod Byers, The Union’s wine columnist, and a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), is offering a series of four separate wine classes through the Sierra College Kaleidoscope Community Education Program. The classes will be at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus.

The first two classes, “Learn To Taste Red Wines Like An Expert,” is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, followed by “Learn To Taste White Wines Like An Expert” Oct. 4, are specifically designed to improve your wine tasting skills.

Whether you are just starting to enjoy wine or already know what you like, these workshops teach you to describe exactly what it is you’re tasting.

Through a series of wines, learn to recognize, understand, and describe the difference between tastes and aromas and flavor, structure and body, oak, acidity, or tannin.

In 2010 Byers, a member of the Society Of Wine Educators, was awarded the prestigious Lucio M. Sorre-Castello Banfi Award given to the individual who achieves the highest score each year on the Certified Wine Educator Exam. That year the CWE exam was given more than a dozen times in major cities across America as well as in Japan.

Byers’ other classes through Kaleidoscope include the “Wines Of Portugal and Spain” on Oct. 18 and “Sparkling Wines Of The World” on
Nov. 4.

Each class is $39 with a $30 materials fee and is limited to 20. You must be 21 to attend.

To enroll contact Sierra College at For specific class information and a link to Sierra College go to or contact Rod Byers at (530) 913-3703.

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