Wines of the World – March 20, 2018

Wines of the World
Osher Lifelong Learing Institute (OLLI)
Sonoma State University Cooperage
Thursdays, April 5th – May 10th, 2018 @ 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This course provides a really fun overview of socio-political histories of wine-making regions like Italy Germany France, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Portugal. There are so many wonderful stores to tell about each region. The more you know about the people, the more you know about the land, the more you enjoy the wine.

Also, the basics of wine making are explored, but no wine will be served in this class.

Dan Berger, Ph.D., has been a wine columnist since 1976 and has resided in Sonoma County since 1986. Today, in addition to his privately published weekly wine commentary, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, Dan writes a nationally syndicated wine column as well as articles for many publications.

Mr. Berger is a judge at many wine competitions, including numerous shows in Australia, as well as competitions in Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Canada, and across the United States, judging in at least a dozen competitions each year. He also has coordinated international wine competitions for the past 35 years. Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition began in 2016 became one the nation’s largest competitions to judge ciders, with more than 240 submissions.

Dan is a speaker at wine symposiums and universities on topics such as wine marketing, trends in the industry, regional character of wines, and the healthful benefits of moderate consumption. He also speaks to assorted groups interested in learning about wine, many of them unrelated to the wine business. And he also is an adjunct professor teaching professional wine courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Among the honors presented to him are the Wines and Vines Magazine award of excellence as Wine Writer of the Year, the Father Junipero Serra award for contributions to the wine industry, presented by the California Wine Patrons of Los Angeles, the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame of the New York Wine Writers’ Circle.

Additional organizations that have honored him include the UC Davis. Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Academy of Wine Communications.

His books include “Beyond the Grapes: An Inside Look at Napa Valley” and “Beyond the Grapes: An Inside Look at Sonoma County,” and he has contributed to other wine books including the University of California/Sotheby Book of California Wine and the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He was also the author and project director for the Reader’s Digest’s book, North American Wine Routes.

Course meets:
Thursdays, April 5th – May 10th, 2018 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

$95 – Single course fee
$15 – Non-refundable deposit (required)

Sonoma State University Cooperage
1801 East Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2691

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