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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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March 15 - Cheese and Wine Pairing Class at Solano Cellars - 6pm
List Price: $45.00
Our Price: $45.00


Tuesday, March 15th, Kirstin and Julie will break down the rules of cheese and wine pairing for a taste-on intensive class. You will learn. And you will eat and drink.



Many of you know by now:
Cheese and wine are delicious together.

But let's admit it, like Kim & Kanye or Liz and Richard Burton, the two can be a finicky pairing.

Often the wedges of brie and glasses of Cabernet pictured next to each other in wine country brochures don't make pairing magic happen like the photos promise...




Luckily, Kirstin, "It's Not You, It's Brie" author and private cheesemaking teacher, and Solano Cellars manager and certified sommelier Julie Tesar have created guidelines for your educational pleasure.

How will we know the best combos, you ask?

Don't worry. We've tasted all them all for you.



You'll leave the class not only satiated from six cheeses and six wines, but with the tools to master your own pairings at home.


You'll be the hit of
every wine and cheese party.


Bubbles, triple-cremes, cheddars, blues, goat cheeses, and funky wedges. We've break it down, cheese style.



Have any questions about the class or want to sign up? Email mail@solanocellars.com.


Have questions about
Kirstin's private cheesemaking classes and team-buildings? Email kirstin@itsnotyouitsbrie.com with questions.





Call (510) 549-9501 or stop in the store to purchase tickets!
Wine 101 : 3-class Series - Feb 3, 10 and 17 at Solano Cellars, 6:30-8pm
Our Price: $150.00

Introduction to Wine Appreciation

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.

Class 1: Fundamentals
February 3 at 6:30pm

Basics of Wine Appreciation and Finding Your Personal Preferences


Class 2: Old World
February 10 at 6:30pm

An Examination of European wines from France, Italy and Spain and a Comparison to their New World Counterparts


Class 3: The Push
February 17 at 6:30pm

This Class Makes an Effort to Push your Taste & Knowledge to the Next Level