2017 Class Line-up

Oregon Wine University® offers a variety of fun and unique classes that allow you to better understand, pair and treasure the full breadth and depth of Oregon wines. Whether you are new to wine tasting or a longtime expert, the Oregon Wine University® classes and engaging instructors are sure to lead you to be a more astute wine lover.

OWU Tickets 2017

Classes are for patrons 21 years of age or older.
Scholarships are available for members of the wine industry. Apply now

Tips and Tricks of Holiday Entertaining

November 12, 2017 at Harry & David Country Village – Medford
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Cost: $39

Join us as the Oregon Wine University presents a class solely devoted to making the holidays a little easier on our hosts and hostesses! We have gathered the brightest minds at Harry & David to guide us through how to work smarter, not harder. Come explore some great award winning yet affordable local wines and some easy to make appetizers as we talk about do’s and don’ts for the holidays! Attendees of this class will receive special discounts and pricing on select items through the store!

The Beauty of Boutique Wines

October 1, 2017 at 11am at Kriselle Cellars

What is “Boutique”? Join us Sunday, October 1st as Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503 tells us about her adventure to find the best small lot wines in the state and why. Learn how the volume of production impacts what is in your glass and what the benefits are to supporting small producers. During the talk we will taste through a flight of award winning wines from across the state personally selected by Carrie to highlight the spectrum of deliciousness that is Oregon

Discover Oregon
Tuesday, June 27, 2–4 p.m.

Southern Oregon University – Science Building, Room 066 | 1250 Siskiyou Blvd | Ashland, OR

Greg Jones, PhD, will lead you through how Oregon’s grape growing regions compare to other famous growing regions around the world. Dr. Jones is an expert in climatology related to viticulture. A lab session follows the short lecture, highlighting the nuances in wine flavor.

Fundamentals of Oregon Regions
Tuesday, July 18, 2–4 p.m.

Southern Oregon University – Science Building, Room 066 | 1250 Siskiyou Blvd | Ashland, OR

Building on “Discover Oregon,” Greg Jones, PhD, will delve deeper into comparing Oregon’s growing regions to other famous growing regions around the world. A lab session will follow the short lecture.  Basics of both wine service and sensory evaluation will be discussed.

Brushstrokes in the Vines
Saturday, August 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery | 2335 N Phoenix Rd | Medford, OR

Release your inner artist as you sip medal-winning wines in an amazing vineyard location with artist Tia McKenzie to guide you! No art experience necessary and each student will take home their masterpiece.

Food & Wine Pairing with Chef Mario Chavez
Sunday, August 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Onyx Restaurant | 635 N Oregon St | Jacksonville, OR

Learn how you can pair food to wine or wine to food with Chef Mario Chavez. This flavor adventure will help you better understand how food can be used to heighten our appreciation of wine and
vice versa.


Chardonnay – To Malo or Not To Malo
Saturday, August 12, 1–2 p.m.

Naumes Crush & Fermentation | 1311 N Central Ave | Medford, OR

Winemaker Chris Graves explains what flavors develop in the secondary fermentation process (malolactic fermentation). During this tasting and discussion, you will learn when it is used and why.

It Takes Three – A 3-by-3 Luncheon
Sunday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Serra Vineyards | 222 Missouri Flat Rd | Grants Pass, OR

3 Winemakers – 3 Courses – 1 Vineyard. Enjoy lunch of three perfectly paired courses served with wines — each made by a different winemaker — using fruit from the same vineyard. Explore the power of the stylistic finesse of a great winemaker.

The Great Oregon Tempranillo Adventure
Saturday, August 19, 11 a.m.

Weisinger Family Winery | 3150 Siskiyou Blvd | Ashland, OR

Come be a part of the conversation with Eric Weisinger, winemaker, and learn about Oregon Tempranillo. Tempranillo seems particularly well suited to Oregon’s climate, with over 50 wineries in the state producing a relative rainbow of styles. What does the future hold for Oregon Tempranillo? Join the conversation and decide for yourself.

Rogue Creamery Cheese & Wine Pairing
Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m.

Voorhies Mansion at EdenVale Winery | 2310 Voorhies Rd | Medford, OR

Tom Van Voorhees of the Rogue Creamery is one of the only certified Frommagiers in Oregon. Each year we challenge Tom to come up with the best and most unique wine and cheese pairings featuring medal winning wines from prior years of the Oregon Wine Competition®. Tom’s hip and refreshing delivery paired with his formidable knowledge has made this class extraordinarily popular!

Oregon vs. Old World
Monday, August 21, 6 p.m.

The Big Tent at Bigham Knoll | 525 East E St | Jacksonville, OR

Physician by day and wine educator by night, Dr. Peter Adesman commands a cult “cork dork” following in Oregon. We have coerced him into leading a side-by-side tasting of some of the
best wines produced in the Old World next to some of the brightest stars produced in Oregon.
Which wines will your palate prefer? Will you be able to tell which is which?

The Clarity of Crystal: Riedel Glass
Tuesday, August 22, 6 p.m.

The Big Tent at Bigham Knoll | 525 East E St | Jacksonville, OR

Picking the right wine glass is half the battle!  With the Riedel Wine Glass Seminar, you’ll taste past medal winners from four different Riedel crystalline, Veritas collection and discuss the effect of the glasses on the flavor profile. Here’s the kicker: You get to keep the glasses, made with 24 percent leaded crystal with a retail value of over $130!

A Wine Dinner with Tim Hanni Master of Wine – $125
Thursday, August 24, 6 p.m.

Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites | 2525 Ashland St | Ashland, OR

Eat, drink and learn with author and Master of Wine Tim Hanni, MW. Learn how your unique tasting experience affects the styles of wines you love the most, your vino type. This class will help you understand why many experts can’t agree on wine quality and appropriate wine and food matches! Become your own expert in pairing wine YOU love and how it tastes great with the food YOU choose.

Poetry, Prose & Pinot Noir Poolside – $39
Friday, August 25, 6 p.m.

Melissa C. Taylor Cottage | 315 S 5th St | Jacksonville, OR

Enjoy this evening poolside at the beautiful, intimate setting of the Melissa C. Taylor Cottage. Top medal winning wines of the Umpqua Valley will be showcased and paired with decadent bites, and will be hosted by Nancy Rodriguez, Peter Mitham, Whit Parker and others. Mix, mingle and hear stories from the writers themselves about what their job is like and how they got where they are.