Cru University – Junior Year: The New World
February 6, 2019 - February 27, 2019$250
4 Consecutive Wednesdays in February 2019: February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Held at the Show & Tell Space in the Armature Works (1910 Ola Avenue)
6pm to 8pm Each Wednesday
Taught by Certified Sommelier & Cru Wine Director, Zach Groseclose
Junior Year will focus on the New World in Wine – namely every country outside of Europe. Is California Cabernet your jam? We will dive headfirst into Napa, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz mountains and so many more. Curious to learn the difference between Coonawara and Margaret River Cabernets? Why is Malbec from Argentina a wine you see everywhere? Why is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? We will tackle all these questions as we investigate regions from the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina.
Really learn about wine, once and for all. The Freshman level class will explore the components involved in tasting wines – learn how to correctly perceive acid, tannins, alcohol, and sweetness, and learn what those characteristics mean when describing a wine. Learn in-depth info on the major white grapes and red grapes of the world, and receive an overview of the major wine-producing countries, with emphasis on New World vs Old World characteristics. By the end of this course, you will be able to describe distinct styles of wine and what you like and don’t like. The Cru U series will go on to Sophomore, Junior and Senior levels throughout the year, and those who complete the whole series will have an extensive understanding of the world of wine, as well as exclusive access to future Cru U Alumni Events.
This course is THE consumer wine course in Tampa Bay.
The course is all four Wednesdays listed (once a week for four weeks in a row). When you go to sign up below you will just see the first Wednesday listed, but it is all four Wednesdays.
Zach Groseclose has been the Wine Director at Cru for two years. Zach’s passion for wine originates from his overall passion for knowledge. A deep connection to wine began in the wine programs of legendary New York City fine dining restaurants. His future wine career was cemented with one sip of Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. Years of tastings and formal wine education led to sommelier positions and eventually wine retail. Zach has focused on discovering and championing small production, artisanal wines that speak of time and place – a story that he is passionate to share with us!