A Tour De France (West)
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

A Tour De France (West)

Last time we taught this class we realized that packing the entire country of France into one hour was a tall order. This time we are splitting our French class in two—east and west—so we can give all the regions and wines they attention they deserve.

Sunday School is taking you on a tour of France, pinpointing (and tasting!) the distinct characteristics of each region. With this class we’ll focus on the West of the country, traveling from the bohemian diversity of the Loire Valley to the flashy world of Bordeaux and then onto the lesser known but no less disticntive reds of the southwest. As well as highlighting the classics, we’ll also get off the beaten track, discovering where France’s hip and snappy wines reside.

No more staring in bafflement at the French section of the wine store — this class will provide the tools you need to navigate the (westside) of greatest wine country in the world*.


* Italians would disagree — obviously theirs is the greatest wine country.



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Alternative Oregon Wines: Offbeat Oregon Adventures
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Alternative Oregon Wines: Offbeat Oregon Adventures

Let’s explore Oregon's underground wine culture, tasting some of the most exciting and innovative wines in Oregon right now: the new alternatives to Pinot Noir.

We'll learn about the history of Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley, the varieties that forward-thinking winemakers are planting now, and why these wines could be the future of the Valley. We will guide you through the tasting of some unconventional—but increasingly sought after—Oregon wines that we are especially excited about.

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A Tour De France (East)
Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

A Tour De France (East)

Last time we taught this class we realized that packing the entire country of France into one hour was a tall order. This time we are splitting our French class in two—east and west—so we can give all the regions and wines they attention they deserve.

Sunday School is is headed East on its tour of France, pinpointing (and tasting!) the distinct characteristics of each region. The eminent names of Burgundy and Rhone may be familiar, but we’ll also be making stops in Alsace, Jura and Savoie to discover some of France’s most exciting wines, before finishing up in Provence, on the shores of the Mediterranean.

No more staring in bafflement at the French section of the wine store — this class will provide the tools you need to navigate the (eastside) of greatest wine country in the world*.


* Italians would disagree — obviously theirs is the greatest wine country.

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Sparkling Wine Part II: Offbeat Bubbly Adventures
Jun
30
11:30 AM11:30

Sparkling Wine Part II: Offbeat Bubbly Adventures

Our first sparkling class was such a blockbuster hit we’ve gone and developed a sequel. But this isn’t an inferior rehash of the original with a poorer plot and over reliance on special effects. Oh no. The journey this time will take us to more exotic locations and feature a line up of distinct sparklers…

think as Txokolina from the Basque region of Spain,
the criminally underrated red Lambrusco from Emilia-Romagna,
the all-too-hip pét nat,
and Prosecco Col Fondo which we like to call “the OG Prosecco.”

Though this is Part II, no prerequisite knowledge is required (we’ll introduce the characters and concepts as we go along). Likewise, it is suitable for Part I attendees who want to go deeper and round out their knowledge of offbeat bubblies.

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The Badass Ladies of Champagne
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Badass Ladies of Champagne

Let’s drink champagne—for all the badass ladies out there making shit happen and changing the world!

Lucky for us, the Champagne industry was full of such women. Without ladies like Madame Clicquot, Lily Bollinger, and Louise Pommery the world’s most famous sparkling wine wouldn’t exist as we (and love) it.

Come to Sunday School’s special story hour* where we will tell you the lesser-known history of champagne and how a group of resourceful and determined women helped forge an industry. All while sipping on some real-deal champagne, of course.

Here’s to the ladies!

*Instead of a tasting flight, this class includes one full glass of champagne to sip on (or chug) at your leisure. Additional glass pours will be available for purchase.

Bonus: Stay after for a complimentary glass of rosé from Spirit Horse Vineyards!

 
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Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious
May
26
4:00 PM16:00

Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious

Come with us on a journey through the world of natural wines, a place that is home to some of the most exhilarating wines around – as well as a whole heap of controversy.

We’ll take a trip down this bumpy road, exploring hot topics like: What is a natural wine? Is it the same thing as organic? What about the mysterious and, at times, bizarre world of biodynamic viticulture? Does burying a dung-filled cow skull in the ground really improve the soil (and wine)?

We’ll see why some dismiss natural wine producers as charlatans, willfully breaking rules to sell the equivalent of snake oil. And why others champion them as creating the simplest and purest expression of what a wine can be.

We'll let you decide for yourself...

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The Gamay Soirée
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Gamay Soirée

Sunday School is excited to be a part of Portland’s 3rd annual Gamay Festival: I Love Gamay!

Join us at our evening soirée, where we will introduce you to the full range of Gamay’s temperaments — from fun and flirty to buttoned-up seriousness.

You’ll taste examples from both Oregon and the Old World that showcase the wine’s versatility and character. We’ll tell the story of Gamay’s spectacular rise, fall and rebirth, and you’ll also discover why the grape is now gathering a cult of devout followers in the Willamette Valley and beyond. A full flight of Gamay (including bubbles!) plus enchanting bites from The Nightwood included.

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What the F*** is Orange Wine?
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

What the F*** is Orange Wine?

What the f*** is orange wine? Here’s a hint: It’s not made from oranges…

Ancient, controversial, quirky, and utterly delicious, orange wine is the hip new kid on the vino block. It’s a favorite of sommeliers and winemakers who have been rediscovering its bewitching charms. A rule-breaking, genre-mashing, mysterious heart throb. 

In this class we’ll look at the long and venerable history of orange wine (also known as amber wine), learn what it is, and taste through the different styles of orange from countries and regions as varied as Georgia, Italy and, of course, Oregon. 

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Sicily!
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Sicily!

From the snow-capped heights of Mt. Etna (Europe’s tallest active volcano) to the cow-studded countrysides to the desert-like landscapes heated by Africa’s Sirocco winds…

Come with us as we explore (and drink, obviously) the island’s celebrated wines while touching on the history and mosaic of cultural influences that give Sicily its outright, inarguable distinctiveness.

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(SOLD OUT) A Remarkably Concise History of Wine
Apr
7
2:30 PM14:30

(SOLD OUT) A Remarkably Concise History of Wine

Sit back and relax as we take you on a trip through time and space, recounting the most important bits of history — those that involve people drinking wine.

As we trace the development of wine over 8000 years, we’ll be learning about the Romans and their Bacchanalian orgies, the love-hate relationship wine has had with religion, and why the course of wine owes its destiny to the influencial power of the Brits. ;)

We’ll be pouring a flight of "historical" wines that will assist our imaginations on a journey through eight millennia.

Tip: Stay after class for Enoteca’s Happy Hour where they have super cheap pizzas (how can you say “no” to cheap pizza!?) and drink deals. (My personal favorite, since you asked, is the Enoteca Sbagliato which is a refreshing cocktail made with Campari, Corsican red vermouth, and legit-good sparkling wine.)


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(SOLD OUT) Sicilian Street Food Dinner Party
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

(SOLD OUT) Sicilian Street Food Dinner Party

Wait, a wine class PLUS a dinner party!? Evviva!

From the snow-capped heights of Mt. Etna (Europe’s tallest active volcano) to the cow-studded countrysides to the desert-like landscapes heated by Africa’s Sirocco winds…

We’ll begin our evening in Sicily with a 45-minute class exploring (and drinking, of course) the island’s celebrated wines while touching on the history and mosaic of cultural influences that give Sicily its outright, inarguable distinctiveness.

Then the party!

Meanwhile, Liam McDermott, our part-Sicilian-in-descent, full-Sicilian-at-heart resident chef, will be cooking up some classic Sicilian dishes—street food-style—that represent the uniqueness of Sicily’s diverse regions. We’ll suggest the wine pairings to go with each dish. Eat, drink, be merry, fall in love (if you haven’t already) with Sicily!

Price includes a glass of bubbly, full Sicilian tasting flight, wine class and take-away materials, dinner, and, of course, all the fun. Additional glass pours and bottle sales will be available for purchase.

The Menu

Focaccia
Panelle - chickpea flour fritters
Arancino di burro - rice balls filled with ham and bechamel
Polpettini di sarde - sardine ‘meatballs’ with saffron aioli
Caponata - sweet and sour vegetables
Scaccia di Ragusana - baked ‘pasta’ with tomato, onion and caciocavallo
Cipolloto con pancetta - grilled bacon wrapped scallions
Insalata cu brocculu - salad of charred brassicas and fennel
Bracioline di Messinese - grilled beef skewers with breadcrumbs and pecorino
Cuccia - sweetened farro and ricotta porridge with cinnamon and shaved bitter chocolate

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The Inside Out of Sparkling Wine
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Inside Out of Sparkling Wine

This is Sunday School’s classic class on all things bubbly! You’ll learn where the bubbles actually come from, the distinctions between the different types of sparkling (Cava, Prosecco, Pet Nat etc.) and why Champagne makers were once forced to wear armor in the cellar.

We’ll also debunk a few myths about Dom Perignon and see how a French widow revolutionized Champagne making. Our tasting flight will get you up to speed on all the styles of fizz, including one using a method from ancient times, and you’ll leave knowing how to shop for and buy the bubbly that suits you best, in other words, a full-on bubbly pro.

Tip: If you’ve never been to Mac Wine Cellars, it’s a super cute bottle shop on N Killingsworth and Greeley that you should definitely check out. As the ultimate bonus, La Bonita is next door. What is better than a post-work, pre-bubbly-class burrito? Answer: nothing.

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Wine Explained: A Valentine's Edition (sold out)
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Explained: A Valentine's Edition (sold out)

The chalkboard will be out again in this action-packed class for those who want to understand wine essentials and give their wine confidence a boost.  We'll follow the life of wine from the vineyard to the cellar to your glass and we'll explain all the concepts and terms you'll need to find your way around a wine list, wine label, and wine glass.

Plus, in this Valentine’s Edition, there will be a few extra surprises. (Romantic partners not required.)

Tip: Want to top the night off with an amazing meal? Or score bonus points with your significant other? Make dinner reservations at Dame for before or after the class. It’ll be like a two in one. “Thanks for the idea.” You’re welcome. ;)

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A Question of Bubbles: Why is Champagne the Greatest Wine in the World?
Dec
16
11:30 AM11:30

A Question of Bubbles: Why is Champagne the Greatest Wine in the World?

This is not our regular sparkling class. This time we’re going deep, exploring the world of Champagne, a sparkling wine from a small, region in the northern French countryside.

What makes Champagne distinct and why is it considered so much better than its peers? How did viticultural backwater end up producing legendary wines fit for kings?

From the wild history to the extravagant method of production to the distinctiveness of taste, we promise you’ll become a die-hard fan (if you aren’t already).

Arrive between 11:30-12 for pre-class bubbles and scones. Class begins at noon.

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Pinot Noir: War of the Worlds (Burgundy v Willamette Valley)
Nov
18
11:30 AM11:30

Pinot Noir: War of the Worlds (Burgundy v Willamette Valley)

It’s the showdown you’ve all been waiting for. We’ll be putting Burgundy into the ring to face the Willamette Valley as we blind taste through some extra special (and impressive) wines.

For decades, Willamette Valley pinots have been measured against the historic wisdom of Burgundy, but is that comparison still relevant? Have our pinots become jewels of our own: purely Oregon? And what makes a pinot distinct between each country and within a region?

There will be history — monks and dukes and renegade Californians — and you’ll learn all you need to know about this singular, romanticized and, at times, exceedingly expensive grape.

Arrive between 11:30 and 12pm for sparkling wine and pastries. Class begins promptly at noon.

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Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious
Oct
28
2:30 PM14:30

Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious

I know, you can’t get enough of natural wines and neither can we!

This time we will be hosted by the super awesome, Roseway neighborhood gem, Mom & Pop Wine Shop.

Come with us on a journey through the world of natural wines, a place that is home to some of the most exhilarating wines around – as well as a whole heap of controversy.

We’ll see why some dismiss natural wine producers as charlatans, willfully breaking rules to sell the equivalent of snake oil. And why others champion them as creating the simplest and purest expressions of wine.

We'll let you decide for yourself…

Arrive between 2:30-3 for welcome bubbly and light snacks. Class begins at 3.

Cost: $40

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A Remarkably Concise History of Wine
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

A Remarkably Concise History of Wine

Sit back and relax with us at our hidden speakeasy lounge as we take you on a journey through time and space recounting the most important bits of history—those where people are drinking wine.

We'll trace the development of wine over 8000 years and learn about the Romans and their Bacchanalian orgies, the love-hate relationship wine has had with religion, and why the course of wine owes its destiny to the influencial power of the Brits. ;)

We’ll be pouring a flight of five "historical" wines to assist our imaginations as we journey through eight millennia of grape stories and sagas.

Arrive between 7 and 7:30 for welcome bubbly. Class begins at 7:30pm.

Cost: $45
(Location and password ;) will be emailed to students after purchasing a ticket.)

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Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious (Waiting List)
Sep
9
11:30 AM11:30

Natural Wine: Naked, Pure, and Thoroughly Contentious (Waiting List)

Come with us on a journey through the world of natural wines – a place that is home to some of the most exhilarating wines around, as well as a whole heap of controversy. 

We’ll take a trip down a bumpy road, exploring things like: What is a natural wine? Is it the same thing as organic? What about the mysterious and, at times, bizarre world of biodynamic viticulture? Does burying a dung-filled cow skull in the ground really improve the soil? 

We’ll see why some dismiss natural wine producers as charlatans, willfully breaking rules to sell the equivalent of snake oil. And why others champion them as creating the simplest and purest expression of what a wine can be. We'll let you decide for yourself... 

How we do it: Arrive between 11:30am and 12pm for a glass of wine and a pastry. Class begins promptly at noon. 

As always, you’ll receive our (almost) world famous handouts, plus we’ll have tasty scones from Ville Velo bakery.

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The Inside Out of Sparkling Wine
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

The Inside Out of Sparkling Wine

Come ask us all your questions about sparkling wine! Bonus: We will be pouring all the sparkling wine your heart might desire. (Within reason, of course.) 
 
You’ll learn (and taste through) the differences between all the types of bubbly, complete with Mallory’s super-instructive chalkboard diagrams and (mostly) accurate maps. Find out why armor was worn when entering Champagne cellars in thee olden days, how to shop for the best value and how to find the bubbles you’ll like best. You’ll leave a full-trained Sunday-School-certified sparkling wine expert. The only downside is how jealous your friends will be. 

Arrive between 6 and 6:15 for a glass of welcome bubbly. Class starts at 6:15. 

Nightwood will be providing small bites.

 

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