Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Wines of the World" at Mt. Hood Community College

Last night Howard and I continued our studies in our Wines of the World class at Mount Community College.  I remember when first signing up for the class, I just thought it would be fun.  Seeing that we're in the middle of the rainy season, here in Oregon, I like to take classes this time of year to keep busy and always be learning.  This class has been so much more than I had expected.  Last night we did double duty, catching up on the class we missed last week due to the weather.  We covered wines from Austria and Germany with our guest speaker Ewald Moseler from the Mosel Valley.  It took a little bit to get used to his thick German accent.  I chicken scratched notes as quickly as possible to take in as much information as possible.  But nice, he gave us his email so we can get all the slides from the class. 

This class has done wonders to educate our palates.  I remember years ago in my winemaking classes at Chemeketa Community College one my instructors had said "learning to make good wine is a process and you have to taste a lot of wine".  I remember thinking sure buddy, that's just your reason to drink a lot of wine.  But in our class, especially last night, we've learned that tasting does not mean drinking.  It means tasting and spitting and moving on to the next wine.  Educating your nose and palate on all the wonderful aromas and tastes is an ongoing process.  And "Wines of the World" has been like traveling the world and getting to experience life in another part of the world.  The smells and tastes are so different from what ours are here.

Our instructor Court Carrier.  I meant to get more pix, but got so caught up
in the class that I forgot until we were cleaning up.

Leaning Star Winery offers small batches of handcrafted wines.  Our winery is located on the outskirts of Gresham, Oregon, a short jaunt to the freeways in all directions. Learn more about Leaning Star Winery or send us an email and contact us.

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