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January 18, 2011 > One wine theme at a time

One wine theme at a time

By ElenaMartina

Do you like wine? Then don't miss a fun monthly class called Wine Tasting 101 - The Travelin' Wine-Oh starting Monday, January 24th. Students will enjoy a two and half hour course on wine history, culture, and tasting.

These popular evening classes take place at Vida Y Vino Wine Bistro in Fremont and run throughout the year. This month's theme is Mambo Italiano and will be about Italian wines. You must be at least 21 years of age in order to sit back, relax, sip the wines, and be taken on a journey through Italy.

Wine making and its consumption has a long and varied past. The earliest records provide detailed information on wine and wine growing areas in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Egypt. Today, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and many other European countries proudly boast wine histories dating back to the Romans and Celts, while Africa, North and South America, and Australia are relative newcomers to wine making.

Wine tasting is easy and you do not have to be a scientist to figure out how to taste and find what wine you like. These introductory classes will teach you the four basics of evaluating wines - appearance, smell, taste, and aftertaste - in search of the perfect palate experience.

You can choose the monthly wine theme you like; after January's Mambo Italiano, February 28th offers a South African Safari, and March 28th is Australia Down Under, etc. Local and regional California wines will be included sometime during the year.

To sign up for this class, contact the City of Fremont Recreation Supervisor Damon Sparacino at (510) 790-5546 or (510) 790-5541. For more information or to register online, visit Sparacino said there has always been a great response to the classes and recommends those interested to sign up quickly to reserve a seat. Up to 22 people can attend. The classes are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $25 or $30 if food pairing appetizers are served.

Vida Y Vino is located in the Pacific Commons Shopping Center and offers wines to go as well as a large selection of wine accessories, gift cards, T-shirts, and customized gift baskets (

Please keep in mind that if you simply show up without registering you may not get a seat. If you do get to attend, you may want to bring your camera for a picture when you raise your glasses and say "Salute!"

Wine Tasting 101 - The Travelin' Wine-Oh
Monday, January 24
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Vida Y Vino Wine Bistro
43808 Christy St., Fremont
(510) 490-8466
(510) 790-5541

Cost: $25 - $30

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