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.

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Date TimeClass title and descriptionInstructor
Beer Tasting Classes
Friday July 26 3:00pmBeer Evaluation 101: Introduction to Beer Judge Certification Program Join home wine & beer maker Stewart Mehrens for a sensory evaluation of selected beers using the Beer Judge Certification Program format. The purpose is to encourage knowledge and to understand and appreciate diverse beer styles.Stewart Mehrens
Friday July 26 4:00pmBeer Evaluation 101: Introduction to Beer Judge Certification Program Join home wine & beer maker Stewart Mehrens for a sensory evaluation of selected beers using the Beer Judge Certification Program format. The purpose is to encourage knowledge and to understand and appreciate diverse beer styles.Stewart Mehrens
Cupcake Decorating Classes
Sunday July 14 3:00pmCupcake Decorating 101 Join professional baker and cake artist Catherine Bianchi for this hands-on cupcake decorating class that will help you add some fun to your next event. You will decorate and take with you two designs of cupcake. Catherine Bianchi
Friday July 19 4:00pmCupcake Decorating 101 Join professional baker and cake artist Catherine Bianchi for this hands-on cupcake decorating class that will help you add some fun to your next event. You will decorate and take with you two designs of cupcake. Catherine Bianchi
Cheese Tasting Classes
Sunday July 28 6:00pmYou Be the Judge: Cheese Tasting! Laura Conrow, certified cheese professional and owner of Wedge on Wheels cheese trucks, will guide you through a tasting of 3 of her favorite cheeses from this year’s CA State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition award winners and then you will decide who wins. Class includes wine for those over 21.Laura Conrow
Chocolate Tasting Classes
Friday July 19 5:00pmTasting Craft Chocolate from Bean to Bar Join Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston, chocolatiers and co-owners of Cru Chocolate of Roseville, CA to learn what craft chocolate is and how craft chocolate is made. Enjoy a demonstration of the chocolate making process and taste your way from cacao bean to bar. Learn why eating chocolate can be good for you and the environment. Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston
Friday July 19 6:00pmTasting Craft Chocolate from Bean to Bar Join Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston, chocolatiers and co-owners of Cru Chocolate of Roseville, CA to learn what craft chocolate is and how craft chocolate is made. Enjoy a demonstration of the chocolate making process and taste your way from cacao bean to bar. Learn why eating chocolate can be good for you and the environment. Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston
Saturday July 20 5:00 pmTasting Craft Chocolate from Bean to Bar Join Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston, chocolatiers and co-owners of Cru Chocolate of Roseville, CA to learn what craft chocolate is and how craft chocolate is made. Enjoy a demonstration of the chocolate making process and taste your way from cacao bean to bar. Learn why eating chocolate can be good for you and the environment. Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston
Saturday July 20 6:00pmTasting Craft Chocolate from Bean to Bar Join Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston, chocolatiers and co-owners of Cru Chocolate of Roseville, CA to learn what craft chocolate is and how craft chocolate is made. Enjoy a demonstration of the chocolate making process and taste your way from cacao bean to bar. Learn why eating chocolate can be good for you and the environment. Karla McNeil and Eddie Houston
Honey Tasting Classes
Friday July 12 5:00pmHoney and Your Health With the help of sensory evaluation expert, Orietta Gianjorio, learn how to recognize honey quality standards and make sure your honey really is healthy.We will taste and talk our way through three honeys.Orietta Gianjorio
Sunday July 21 7:00pmTaste the Nuances of California’s Honey Join Amina Harris, Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at UC Davis, and taste the variety in California’s honey, found throughout the state, and learn how the honey bees collect nature’s finest sweet. Taste honey from avocado, blackberry, coriander, orange blossom and much more. Amina Harris
Saturday July 27 3:00pmHoney Sensory Class Chico Honey Company leads this introduction class using sensory evaluation methods to compare and contrast 3 of Chico Honey Company’s varietal, pure, and raw honeys. Students will learn how to distinguish the botanical origin of honey and identify the honey sensory profile.Chico Honey Company
Sunday July 28 5:00pmHoney Sensory Class Chico Honey Company leads this introduction class using sensory evaluation methods to compare and contrast 3 of Chico Honey Company’s varietal, pure, and raw honeys. Students will learn how to distinguish the botanical origin of honey and identify the honey sensory profile.Chico Honey Company
Olive Oil Tasting Classes
Friday July 12 1:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Friday July 12 2:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Saturday July 13 3:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Saturday July 13 4:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Friday July 19 3:00pmTasting Mission Olives in California Marsha Bamford, Business Manager of Bamford Family Farms, will guide you through mission olive oils that are made in California. This class gives you the rich history and explores differences that are unique to mission olive oils. Join us to learn more!Marsha Bamford
Saturday July 20 1:00pmLet’s talk about Popeye’s best friend: Olive Oil tasting Join Olive Oil Sensory Evaluator and Judge, Maria Farr, to learn how to properly taste Olive Oil, where to purchase and store this product, what makes great olive oil, and how best to cook with it. We will have some fun as we taste and talk together. Maria Farr
Saturday July 20 2:00pmLet’s talk about Popeye’s best friend: Olive Oil tasting Join Olive Oil Sensory Evaluator and Judge, Maria Farr, to learn how to properly taste Olive Oil, where to purchase and store this product, what makes great olive oil, and how best to cook with it. We will have some fun as we taste and talk together. Maria Farr
Friday July 26 5:00pmOlive Oil and Your Health With the help of sensory evaluation expert, Orietta Gianjorio, learn about the health benefits of olive oil. We will taste and talk our way through three olive oil types.Orietta Gianjorio
Friday July 26 6:00pmOlive Oil and Your Health With the help of sensory evaluation expert, Orietta Gianjorio, learn about the health benefits of olive oil. We will taste and talk our way through three olive oil types.Orietta Gianjorio
Sunday July 28 1:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Sunday July 28 2:00pmCooking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your Health Taste delicate, medium, and robust olive oils and learn how to pair them with foods. Mark Priestley, a Tasting Panelist for the International Olive Council, will share with you the latest research on the health benefit of extra virgin olive oil.Mark Priesthey
Wine Tasting Classes
Friday July 12 3:00pmAha Baja! Taste the difference a little latitude can make! California and Baja California are both sundrenched lands of wine and food, from earth left rich from ancient retreating seas. Join Stacie Hunt, a certified Silver Pin Sommelier AIS and Vice President of the National Association of Wine Retailers, to discover a history that makes these wines completely savory and different from your typical wine.Stacie Hunt
Friday July 12 4:00pmAha Baja! Taste the difference a little latitude can make! California and Baja California are both sundrenched lands of wine and food, from earth left rich from ancient retreating seas. Join Stacie Hunt, a certified Silver Pin Sommelier AIS and Vice President of the National Association of Wine Retailers, to discover a history that makes these wines completely savory and different from your typical wine.Stacie Hunt
Friday July 12 7:00pmYou Can Make Wine at Home The Sacramento Home Winemakers Club, promoting the art and science of wine making through education since 1973, hosts this special wine tasting and educational session to help you learn how to make wine at home.Gin Yang & Bill Staehlim
Sunday July 13 5:00pmHow to Make the Most Out of Your Next Tasting Join Vetern Wine Judge Mike Kerrigan, who has been a winemaker, wine salesman, and a tasting room manager, to learn how to choose the right winery and wine for you. Come and have a great time tasting wine!Mike Kerrigan
Sunday July 13 6:00pmHow to Make the Most Out of Your Next Tasting Join Vetern Wine Judge Mike Kerrigan, who has been a winemaker, wine salesman, and a tasting room manager, to learn how to choose the right winery and wine for you. Come and have a great time tasting wine!Mike Kerrigan
Sunday July 14 1:00pmSavory and Spicy Wines from Lodi and Sierra Foothills; #ChefObssed with Obession Wines Join Joan Kautz, to discover Savory and Spicy Wines from Lodi and Sierra Fotthills AVA in California. Taste the Reserve Cab Franc Paired perfectly with select cheeses from Ironestones Reverse Wine Selection; Join Joan Kautz, one of Kautz Vineyard Family members, taste how Obession Wine pair perfectly with all food types: spicy, savory, and sweet. This class will show case all wines from the family owned vineyard. Cody Lane
Sunday July 14 2:00Savory and Spicy Wines from Lodi and Sierra Foothills; #ChefObssed with Obession Wines Join Joan Kautz, to discover Savory and Spicy Wines from Lodi and Sierra Fotthills AVA in California. Taste the Reserve Cab Franc Paired perfectly with select cheeses from Ironestones Reverse Wine Selection; Join Joan Kautz, one of Kautz Vineyard Family members, taste how Obession Wine pair perfectly with all food types: spicy, savory, and sweet. This class will show case all wines from the family owned vineyard. Cody Lane
Sunday July 14 5:00pmHow to Taste White Wine Wine Maker and Professor, Bryan Avila, invites you to an introduction of how to taste white wine with an open forum to discuss what the group is tasting. This class is open to all experiences from novice to masterBryan Avila
Sunday July 14 6:00pmHow to Taste Red Wine Wine Maker and Professor, Bryan Avila, invites you to an introduction of how to taste red wine with an open forum to discuss what the group is tasting. This class is open to all experiences from novice to masterBryan Avila
Friday July 19 1:00pmWine and Cheese Pairing Featuring the Historic Russian River Winery and Foppiano Vineyards Rob Mcneill, General Manager of Foppiano Vineyards, Family owned since 1896, invites you to taste 3 of their award-winning Russian River wines paired with selected cheeses. This class will offer wine history, winemaking, and food and wine matching.Rob Mcneill
Friday July 19 2:00pmWine and Cheese Pairing Featuring the Historic Russian River Winery and Foppiano Vineyards Rob Mcneill, General Manager of Foppiano Vineyards, Family owned since 1896, invites you to taste 3 of their award-winning Russian River wines paired with selected cheeses. This class will offer wine history, winemaking, and food and wine matching.Rob Mcneill
Friday July 19 7:00pmYou Can Make Wine at Home The Sacramento Home Winemakers Club, promoting the art and science of wine making through education since 1973, hosts this special wine tasting and educational session to help you learn how to make wine at home.Bruce Currie
Saturday July 20 3:00pmWine and Music: Mysterious Resonances We have all heard that wine and food can taste better if well matched, but did you know that studies show that wine improves when paired with the right music? Clark Smith, Wine maker and author invites you to learn how to get more out of every bottle.Clark Smith
Saturday July 20 4:00pmWine and Music: Mysterious Resonances We have all heard that wine and food can taste better if well matched, but did you know that studies show that wine improves when paired with the right music? Clark Smith, Wine maker and author invites you to learn how to get more out of every bottle.Clark Smith
Sunday July 21 3:00pmLearn to Taste Wine like a Pro Join Mark Chandler, the Chief Judge of the California State Fair wine competition, to taste award winning wines. Learn how to use your senses of sight, smell, and taste to add pleasure to your wine enjoyment.Mark Chandler
Sunday July 21 6:00 pmSparkling 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.Andy Podshadley
Sunday July 21 4:00pmWines from Lodi A to Z Mark Chandler, the Chief Judge of the California State Fair wine competition will guide you through a taste of Lodi’s wine country starting from Albariño and ending at Zinfandel.Jason MinixMark Chandler
Sunday July 28 3:00pmSilver or Gold – You Be the Judge Join Jim Twiford, CA State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Judge to taste wines that received silver or gold medals in the 2019 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Learn what aspects of the wines judges taste for, and what may make the difference between a silver or gold award. Wine awards serve as a general guide to the quality of a wine but may not necessarily agree with your individual tastes, and that some very good wines receive a silver medal instead of goldJim Twiford
Sunday July 28 4:00pmSilver or Gold – You Be the Judge Join Jim Twiford, CA State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Judge to taste wines that received silver or gold medals in the 2019 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Learn what aspects of the wines judges taste for, and what may make the difference between a silver or gold award. Wine awards serve as a general guide to the quality of a wine but may not necessarily agree with your individual tastes, and that some very good wines receive a silver medal instead of goldJim Twiford