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Wine Classes

Solano Cellars hosts an ongoing series of introductory and intermediate wine classes at our wine bar in Albany, CA.  Each class is structured to introduce you to the key points of the subject matter, illustrate with examples (yes, wine is included), and to solicit feedback and questions from the attendees.  We find this encourages the inquisitive mindset that makes wine appreciation easy and rewarding. 

Regular Class Offerings

Wine 101:  A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing.  In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine.    This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall.  Seating is limited to 20 people.  The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.

Wine and Food 101:  A multi-part class that illuminates the inner-workings of the wine and food relationship.  Instructed by Chef Kirstin and her supporting players, the class explains the thought process behind wine and food pairing, rules of thumb, opportunities for experimentation, and how to fix a wine and food pairing gone awry.  With food and wine examples.  This class is offered on an intermittent basis.

Wine and Cheese:  What could be easier?  With years of experience observing the interaction between wine and cheese, Chef Kirstin has some surprising insights.  With examples of commonly-found (and more esoteric) cheese, Kirstin demonstrates the world's best pairings and world's biggest trainwrecks.  Along the way, an impassioned case for artisanal cheese is made.  With several examples of cheese and the wines that love them.  Offered twice a year.


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Wine 101 Class 1 - The Fundamentals - April 9th at 6:30pm at Solano Cellars
Our Price: $50.00

A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing. In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine. This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall. Seating is limited to 20 people. The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.
Wine 101 Class 2 - The Old World - April 16th at 6:30pm at Solano Cellars
Our Price: $50.00

A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing. In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine. This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall. Seating is limited to 20 people. The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.
Wine 101 Class 3 - The Push - April 23rd at 6:30pm at Solano Cellars
Our Price: $50.00

A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing. In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine. This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall. Seating is limited to 20 people. The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.
Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30: California Wine 101 at Solano Cellars
Our Price: $50.00

California Wine 101 (5/27)


Think you know your local wines? Pretty sure you don't? Want to know what to look for when visiting wine country, ordering bottles and even which wines to cellar?

California wine is famous, and fantastic, and best of all, it's right here in our own backyard. Yet, it's not that simple - there are over 1200 wineries in the Golden State, and how should we know which ones are good?


Join us on Wednesday, May 27th as we introduce the new class series with a One-Night-Class - a condensed version of the full class which will be offered in the fall.

This introductory class will cover the major California wine appellations and provide examples of the wines that each region is best known for. You'll be able to take a taste tour from North to South and grasp why each region has particular specialties. We'll also provide a list of recommended wineries in each region to seek out.
Wine 101 3-Class Series - April 9th, 16th and 23rd at 6:30pm at Solano Cellars
Our Price: $140.00

A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing.