Experience the best of California in a new and exciting way! Learn how to taste and what to look for when enjoying Wine, Beer, Cheese, Olive Oil and Honey! Classes are taught by industry professionals and include product tastings!

Take a look at the class schedule below and sign up for an experience class! Enjoy a variety of Tasting Class Topics: Wine, Beer, Olive Oil,  Honey and Cheese.

For questions contact  CAKitchen@calexpo.com  or 916.263.3189

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WINE

Date & Time Class (30 minute sessions, tasting included) Instructor
July 13
7:00 p.m.
Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Cava?
Explore the art of making sparkling wine, champagne, and cava; including how these three are made, the grapes used, and the general differences between them. A tasting is included of a sparkling wine, champagne, and cava. Buy Now
Trek Winery – Andy Podshadley
July 13
8:00 p.m.
Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Cava?
Explore the art of making sparkling wine, champagne, and cava; including how these three are made, the grapes used, and the general differences between them. A tasting is included of a sparkling wine, champagne, and cava. Buy Now
Trek Winery – Andy Podshadley
July 14
1:00 p.m.
Wine Without Pretense
Have you ever wondered about some of the strange things that wine connoisseurs say and do? Join your fellow new-comers to wine and Wine Genius Jason Minix of Underground Cellars, to learn some of the fundamental basics of wine evaluation! Buy Now
Underground Cellar – Jason Minix
July 14
2:00 p.m.
Wine Without Pretense
Have you ever wondered about some of the strange things that wine connoisseurs say and do? Join your fellow new-comers to wine and Wine Genius Jason Minix of Underground Cellars, to learn some of the fundamental basics of wine evaluation Buy Now
Underground Cellar – Jason Minix
July 15
3:00 p.m.
Wine and Music: Mysterious Resonances
We have all heard that wine and food can improve each other if well matched. Clark Smith’s studies showing that wine improves when paired with the right music have been celebrated at the Lollapalooza Music Festival, NPR, and the S.F. Chronicle. You’ll learn how to get more out of every bottle from Clark Smith, winemaker, educator at UC Davis, UC Fresno, and industry consultant. Buy Now
WineSmith Wines & Consulting
– Clark Smith
July 15
4:00 p.m.
Wine and Music: Mysterious Resonances
We have all heard that wine and food can improve each other if well matched. Clark Smith’s studies showing that wine improves when paired with the right music have been celebrated at the Lollapalooza Music Festival, NPR, and the S.F. Chronicle. You’ll learn how to get more out of every bottle from Clark Smith, winemaker, educator at UC Davis, UC Fresno, and industry consultant. Buy Now
WineSmith Wines & Consulting
– Clark Smith
July 20
5:00 p.m.
Wines You Should Order But Never Do
Explore the wonderful varietals and regions that don’t get much attention from the mainstream media, but offer a world of delights. Join Paul Wagner, a McPherson Distinguished Teacher of the Napa Valley College Wine Program and President Emeritus of Balzac Communications, the largest marketing communications firm in the wine industry. Buy Now
McPherson Distinguished Teacher, Napa Valley College
– Paul Wagner
July 20
6:00 p.m.
The Mysteries of Wine Service Explained
Every step in wine service has a purpose and a history, although most people never stop to consider it. The session explores the mysterious rituals we use when we serve wine, and explains why some of them matter and many of them don’t! Join Paul Wagner, President Emeritus of Balzac Communications, largest wine marketing communications firm in the wine industry, & McPherson Distinguished Teacher of the Napa Valley College Wine Program. Buy Now
McPherson Distinguished Teacher, Napa Valley College
– Paul Wagner
July 21
7:00 p.m.
All You Need to Know About Wine.
Wine experts know that all wines fall into only five categories – white wine, pink wine, red wine, sparkling wine, and dessert wine. Come join wine industry veteran Mark Chandler (our Wine Competition Chief Judge) to learn about these wine types and taste outstanding Gold Medal winning examples of each from our competition archives. Bring your curiosity and questions for this exciting educational experience! Buy Now
McPherson Distinguished Teacher, Napa Valley College
– Paul Wagner
July 21
8:00 p.m.
Top Zinfandels of the Capitol Wine Region
Zinfandel is “California’s grape” and some of the best are grown right here in the Capitol Wine Region – the Sierra Foothills, including Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras, and the Lodi Wine Region. Come taste 5 outstanding Gold Medal winners with Mark Chandler, Chief Judge of our Wine Competition. Is your favorite is among them? Bring your zest for Zin and join us! Buy Now
McPherson Distinguished Teacher, Napa Valley College
– Paul Wagner
July 22
1:00 p.m.
Discovering the AVA’s of California Wine Country
Explore 4 of California’s famous AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas). Taste wine from each AVA. This class is taught by William Kramer, Sommelier, certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, of 58 Degrees and Holding Company in Folsom, CA. Buy Now
58 Degrees & Holding Company
-William Kramer, Sommelier
July 22
2:00 p.m.
Discovering the AVA’s of California Wine Country
Explore 4 of California’s famous AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas). Taste wine from each AVA. This class is taught by William Kramer, Sommelier, certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, of 58 Degrees and Holding Company in Folsom, CA. Buy Now
58 Degrees & Holding Company
-William Kramer, Sommelier
July 27
2:00 p.m.
Exciting Sangioveses Grown in California
Explore California Sangiovese on a tour of flavor and geography from Michaela Rodeno of Villa Ragazzi Winery, the very first California winery to plant Sangiovese in the Napa Valley. Learn how this acclaimed but touchy variety works (or doesn’t) in different California microclimates, how it can make very very good wine (or not!). Buy Now
Villa Ragazzi Winery
– Michaela Rodeno
July 27
3:00 p.m.
Fine Wine Appreciation for Beer Drinkers
When a great 6-pack is generally less than $15 why would someone want to pay $70+ for a bottle of wine? This brief sensory training will help you identify wine’s subtle differences and where they came from. This hands-on workshop will to help you appreciate the difference between value wine and fine wine. Buy Now
Winemaker & Enology Professor – Bryan Avila
July 27
4:00 p.m.
Reds and Whites: How Wine is Made, from Harvest to Bottle
Taste some great wine and learn how red and white wines are made differently, the techniques used for color extraction, and how to achieve a specific wine style. You may even be able to share with your neighbors what Malolactic fermentation and Sulfur Dioxide have to do with winemaking. Join Laura Chadwell, winemaker and New Products Developer at Constellation Brands, the visionary company behind iconic beer, wine and spirits brands such as Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, Ballast Point, Robert Mondavi, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, The Prisoner, SVEDKA Vodka and High West Whiskey, to name just a few. Buy Now
Winemaker for New Product Development
– Laura Chadwell
July 28
4:00 p.m.
Wine Blending: The Winemaker as Chef
Wine and food hold more in common than just pairing well together. The art of blending wine, like cooking, engages the senses and the mind in a process to meld diverse flavors into a cohesive whole. In this class Winemaker Kevin Luther of Wise Villa Wines & Voluptuary Wines will teach the basics of sensory analysis of wine, the skill of blending, and will set loose students to create their own master blends using their newly discovered senses and skills. Buy Now
Voluptuary Wines
– Kevin Luther
July 28
5:00 p.m.
Learn To Taste Wine Like a Somm!
Certified wine educator and certified Sommelier, Danielle Botros, will show you what the wine words mean as you swirl, sniff and sip your way through the class. You’ll learn about acid, tannin, wine’s varying fruit profiles, even basic food and wine pairing tips, and get an inside glimpse into a Somm’s world… Plenty of info to show off to your friends and family! Buy Now
Danielle Botros – Danielle Botros
July 28
6:00 p.m.
Learn To Taste Wine Like a Somm!
Certified wine educator and certified Sommelier, Danielle Botros, will show you what the wine words mean as you swirl, sniff and sip your way through the class. You’ll learn about acid, tannin, wine’s varying fruit profiles, even basic food and wine pairing tips, and get an inside glimpse into a Somm’s world… Plenty of info to show off to your friends and family! Buy Now
Danielle Botros – Danielle Botros

OLIVE 

OIL

Date & Time Class (30 minute sessions, tasting included) Instructor
July 13
1:00 p.m.
Let’s Take Olive Oil Out of the Kitchen!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good for the body, inside and out! Join Maria Farr, professional olive oil sensory evaluator, judge and blogger, for a tasting of good quality olive oil and discussion its use as a beauty aid and its contributions to good health. Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 13
2:00 p.m.
How Do You Know Its an Extra Virgin?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil will be demystified in the beginner’s overview course by Maria Farr, professional olive oil sensory evaluator, judge and blogger. Learn how to process, store and use extra virgin olive oil. This is your chance to have all of your questions answered. Come, sit down and taste! Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 14
3:00 p.m.
The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!
We invite you to a tasting of distinguished California olive oils. Learn what makes olive oil ‘extra virgin,’ why olive oil is good for your health, where to find it, how to store it, when to cook with high-quality olive oil, and much more. This workshop is loaded with practical knowledge to take home. You have a chance to learn anything about olive oil from California industry experts. Attend “The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!” workshop and talk about olive oil like a pro. Buy Now
Olica Olive Oil – Olga Orlova
July 14
4:00 p.m.
The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!
We invite you to a tasting of distinguished California olive oils. Learn what makes olive oil ‘extra virgin,’ why olive oil is good for your health, where to find it, how to store it, when to cook with high-quality olive oil, and much more. This workshop is loaded with practical knowledge to take home. You have a chance to learn anything about olive oil from California industry experts. Attend “The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!” workshop and talk about olive oil like a pro. Buy Now
Olica Olive Oil – Olga Orlova
July 15
5:00 p.m.
The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!
We invite you to a tasting of distinguished California olive oils. Learn what makes olive oil ‘extra virgin,’ why olive oil is good for your health, where to find it, how to store it, when to cook with high-quality olive oil, and much more. This workshop is loaded with practical knowledge to take home. You have a chance to learn anything about olive oil from California industry experts. Attend “The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!” workshop and talk about olive oil like a pro. Buy Now
Olica Olive Oil – Olga Orlova
July 15
6:00 p.m.
The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!
We invite you to a tasting of distinguished California olive oils. Learn what makes olive oil ‘extra virgin,’ why olive oil is good for your health, where to find it, how to store it, when to cook with high-quality olive oil, and much more. This workshop is loaded with practical knowledge to take home. You have a chance to learn anything about olive oil from California industry experts. Attend “The Secret of Olive Oil Virginity!” workshop and talk about olive oil like a pro. Buy Now
Olica Olive Oil – Olga Orlova
July 20
7:00 p.m.
How to Make Your Own Flavored Olive Oils
Sample two unique Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Mad Dog Mesa for aroma and taste. Using these fresh oils, you’ll learn how to make Lime Olive oil (to compliment fresh corn) and Basil Olive Oil (to compliment fresh tomatoes). These recipes are easy to accomplish and are filled with flavor. Just let your imagination take over to enhance the seasonal bounty. Buy Now
Mad Dog Mesa – Amy Day
July 20
8:00 p.m.
How to Make Your Own Flavored Olive Oils
Sample two unique Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Mad Dog Mesa for aroma and taste. Using these fresh oils, you’ll learn how to make Lime Olive oil (to compliment fresh corn) and Basil Olive Oil (to compliment fresh tomatoes). These recipes are easy to accomplish and are filled with flavor. Just let your imagination take over to enhance the seasonal bounty. Buy Now
Mad Dog Mesa – Amy Day
July 21
1:00 p.m.
Tree to Table: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ever wonder how California extra virgin olive oil is made? Enjoy an educational olive oil tasting and food pairing experience with Astrid Lorig, President of “Olive Love”, a new venture in the production of olive oil. Buy Now
Olive Love – Astrid Lorig
July 21
2:00 p.m.
Tree to Table: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ever wonder how California extra virgin olive oil is made? Enjoy an educational olive oil tasting and food pairing experience with Astrid Lorig, President of “Olive Love”, a new venture in the production of olive oil. Buy Now
Olive Love – Astrid Lorig
July 22
3:00 p.m.
Olive Oil, YOU Be the Judge!
Want to know how the experts select olive oils for awards? California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel Leader Nancy Ash will introduce you to the ins and outs of olive oil judging, and then let You be the judge during a blind tasting. Join us to see how your tasting skills measure up to the experts! Buy Now
California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel – Nancy Ash
July 22
4:00 p.m.
Olive Oil, YOU Be the Judge!
Want to know how the experts select olive oils for awards? California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel Leader Nancy Ash will introduce you to the ins and outs of olive oil judging, and then let You be the judge during a blind tasting. Join us to see how your tasting skills measure up to the experts! Buy Now
California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel – Nancy Ash
July 27
5:00 p.m.
The Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and How To Use the Right Kind in Your Cooking
Sample delicate, medium and robust oils with Mark Priestly, Co-owner of Yummy Artisan Foods, professional sensory evaluator of Olive Oil, and tasting panel member at Applied Sensory. Learn the 3 types of olive oils, how to use them in your cooking, and how they benefit your health. Buy Now
Yummy Artisan Foods – Mark Priestley
July 27
6:00 p.m.
The Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and How To Use the Right Kind in Your Cooking
Sample delicate, medium and robust oils with Mark Priestly, Co-owner of Yummy Artisan Foods, professional sensory evaluator of Olive Oil, and tasting panel member at Applied Sensory. Learn the 3 types of olive oils, how to use them in your cooking, and how they benefit your health. Buy Now
Yummy Artisan Foods – Mark Priestley
July 28
7:00 p.m.
Let’s Take Olive Oil Out of the Kitchen!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good for the body, inside and out! Join Maria Farr, professional olive oil sensory evaluator, judge and blogger, for a tasting of good quality olive oil and discussion its use as a beauty aid and its contributions to good health. Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 28
8:00 p.m.
How Do You Know Its an Extra Virgin?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil will be demystified in the beginner’s overview course by Maria Farr, professional olive oil sensory evaluator, judge and blogger. Learn how to process, store and use extra virgin olive oil. This is your chance to have all of your questions answered. Come, sit down and taste! Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 29
1:00 p.m.
Olive Oil and Food Pairing
Learn to taste olive oil like a professional! For a deliciously fun experience, we will taste three very different oils and discuss their flavor profiles and intensity. We will also pair the oils with food to highlight how different oils can kick up your eating pleasure. This is a no-rules game; your own sensory experience will be your guide! Buy Now
California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel – Sandy Sonnenfelt
July 29
2:00 p.m.
Olive Oil and Food Pairing
Learn to taste olive oil like a professional! For a deliciously fun experience, we will taste three very different oils and discuss their flavor profiles and intensity. We will also pair the oils with food to highlight how different oils can kick up your eating pleasure. This is a no-rules game; your own sensory experience will be your guide! Buy Now
California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Taste Panel – Sandy Sonnenfelt

HONEY

Date & Time Class (30 minute sessions, tasting included) Instructor
July 13
3:00 p.m.
Learn How To Taste Honey!
Enjoy an interactive introduction to the world of honey from professional taster and evaluator, Orietta Gianjorio! Discover the subtleties of honey varieties and learn what experts are looking for when they taste honey and how defects a can be identified. Buy Now
Orietta LLC – Orietta Gianjorio
July 14
5:00 p.m.
Learn How To Taste Honey!
Enjoy an interactive introduction to the world of honey from professional taster and evaluator, Orietta Gianjorio! Discover the subtleties of honey varieties and learn what experts are looking for when they taste honey and how defects a can be identified. Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 15
7:00 p.m.
Learn How To Taste Honey!
Enjoy an interactive introduction to the world of honey from professional taster and evaluator, Orietta Gianjorio! Discover the subtleties of honey varieties and learn what experts are looking for when they taste honey and how defects a can be identified. Buy Now
– Gayle Murray
July 20
1:00 p.m.
Learn How To Taste Honey!
Enjoy an interactive introduction to the world of honey from professional taster and evaluator, Orietta Gianjorio! Discover the subtleties of honey varieties and learn what experts are looking for when they taste honey and how defects a can be identified. Buy Now
Orietta LLC – Orietta Gianjorio
July 21
3:00 p.m.
The Amazing World of Honey: A Taste of California
Delve into the world of honey with a taste of California! Attendees will taste a variety of honeys: from avocado, to orange blossom, to coriander, and learn how nature’s finest sweet is mad. Buy Now
Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis – Liz Luu
July 22
5:00 p.m.
Learn How To Taste Honey!
Enjoy an interactive introduction to the world of honey from professional taster and evaluator, Orietta Gianjorio! Discover the subtleties of honey varieties and learn what experts are looking for when they taste honey and how defects a can be identified. Buy Now
TheRennaissanceKitchen.com – Maria Farr
July 27
7:00 p.m.
Taste the Nuances of California Honey!
Join Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center at UC Davis. Taste a variety of honeys from throughout the state. California produces some of the country’s best honey. Avocado, Blackberry, Coriander, and Orange Blossom are just a sampling of what might be on the table! And learn how the hard-working honey bees collect nature’s finest sweet. Buy Now
Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis – Amina Harris
July 28
1:00 p.m.
Taste the Nuances of California Honey!
Join Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center at UC Davis. Taste a variety of honeys from throughout the state. California produces some of the country’s best honey. Avocado, Blackberry, Coriander, and Orange Blossom are just a sampling of what might be on the table! And learn how the hard-working honey bees collect nature’s finest sweet. Buy Now
Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis – Amina Harris

CHEESE

Date & Time Class (30 minute sessions, tasting included) Instructor  
July 13
6:00 p.m.
California Cheezin’
Gail Bickett, the “Goat Lady of West Virginia,” moved to California during the land movement of the 1970’s to taste iconic, award-winning California cheeses. Explore the history of cheese in our state and how GOATS, the best pet ever, suppliers of delicious milk, were instrumental in helping people stay on their land, even during a time of low milk prices. Buy Now
Owner, Wine Country Cheezmouse – Gail Bickett
July 14
6:00 p.m.
Roquefort – The Protected Cheese
Join Trevor Thomas for an exploration and tasting of Roquefort Cheese, the historical blue cheese that influenced blue cheese production around the world, and France’s first protected cheese. Trevor is a Certified Cheese Professional with the American Cheese Society and a member of the International Guilde des Fromagers. Buy Now
American Cheese Society and International Guilde des Fromagers – Trevor Thomas
July 15
8:00 p.m.
Comte – The Celebrated Cheese Join Trevor Thomas for an exploration and tasting of Comte Cheese, the magical Cheese that has been produced in the Alps since the 11th century (and is still is France’s most popular Cheese). Buy Now American Cheese Society and International Guilde des Fromagers – Trevor Thomas
July 20
2:00 p.m.
Cheese 101 – A Taste of California Cheese
Learn the basics of artisan cheese and how to taste like a professional from Roxanne O’Brien, professional Cheese Judge and Catering Director of American River College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Department. Sample some of California’s finest, classic, award-winning cheeses! Buy Now
American River College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management – Roxanne O’Brien
July 27
8:00 p.m.
California Cheezin’
Gail Bickett, the “Goat Lady of West Virginia,” moved to California during the land movement of the 1970’s to taste iconic, award-winning California cheeses. Explore the history of cheese in our state and how GOATS, the best pet ever, suppliers of delicious milk, were instrumental in helping people stay on their land, even during a time of low milk prices. Buy Now
Owner, Wine Country Cheezmouse – Gail Bickett
July 28
2:00 p.m.
California Cheezin’
Gail Bickett, the “Goat Lady of West Virginia,” moved to California during the land movement of the 1970’s to taste iconic, award-winning California cheeses. Explore the history of cheese in our state and how GOATS, the best pet ever, suppliers of delicious milk, were instrumental in helping people stay on their land, even during a time of low milk prices. Buy Now
Owner, Wine Country Cheezmouse – Gail Bickett