2020 Class Schedule


Anchor Series: Featuring classes that pair wine with everything from Shakespeare to world famous blue cheese in the world to the perfect glass. This series offers fun and unique opportunities to be a more astute wine lover and is perfect for those new to wine tasting or a longtime expert.

Advanced Series: Mingle with leading winemakers as they guide you to the next level of wine appreciation and education. This curriculum is tailored for the more advanced consumer and industry professional to enhance their knowledge of wine.


Classes are for patrons 21 years of age or older.


Oregon Pinot Noir, from Root to Vine to Bottle

Thursday, June 11

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Online Zoom Class

Are you like many, a lover of Oregon Pinot Noir? Master of Wine Bree Stock joins Sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy to discuss Oregon’s most popular varietal. Learn about the grape’s history from the Willamette Valley through the Umpqua Valley and into the Rogue Valley. Discover why the grape behaves differently within the borders of Oregon and why it is only successful in certain places.


The Art of Barrel Tasting

Saturday, August 8

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Irvine & Roberts Vineyards

1614 Emigrant Creek Road | Ashland

It’s a 101 on barrel tasting! Get up close and personal with winemakers Vince Vidrine and Kiley Evans as they guide you through the nuances of wine thieved straight from the barrel.

It’s a unique, rare experience where you’ll learn the importance of the wine aging process and what to expect on your palate when it is thieved from the barrel. From amateur to expert, this class will prepare any wine enthusiast to bid like a pro on wine futures at the Founder’s Barrel Auction.


Rogue Creamery Cheese & Wine Pairing


EdenVale Winery

2310 Voorhies Road | Medford

Tom Van Voorhees of the Rogue Creamery is one of the only certified Frommagiers in Oregon. This year Tom is taking us on an international cheese tasting paired with award winning wine from across the state. Tom’s hip and refreshing delivery partnered with his formidable knowledge and a stunning vineyard backdrop make this class a must!


“Wildly Sustainable, Properly Oregonian”


Asante Foundation

229 N Bartlett Street | Medford

Delve into a tasting of Oregon wines that are on the cutting edge of sustainability with winemakers Bill and Barbara Steele, owners of Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden.  Learn about Biodynamic practices for the small and large producer, why B Corp matters, and what the Institute of Living Futures is doing in Oregon. Uncover how these modern Certifications work together to help winemakers craft elegant and unique Oregon wines.


Sommelier Class

August 17,  2020

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Online Zoom Class

Details coming soon


Oregon Versus Old World

August 19, 2020

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Physician by day and wine educator by night, Dr. Peter Adesman commands a cult “cork dork” following in Oregon. Dr. Adesman will lead a side-by-side tasting featuring some of the best wines produced in the Old World next to a number of the leading stars of Oregon’s vast varietals. Will your palate be of the world or prefer your own backyard?


The Clarity of Crystal Riedel Glass

August 2020

Picking the right wine glass is half the battle! With the Riedel Wine Glass Seminar, you’ll taste past medal winners and discuss the effect of the glasses on the flavor profile. Here is the added bonus, you will take home your own tasting set.


Sip, Swirl, Savor, Scenery & Shakespeare

October 2020

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Production Building

408 Talent Avenue | Talent

The sparkle, the perfect fit, an exquisite scene, eye catching movement is abound when award-winning wine from across Oregon and the magic of the Bard collide for a royal pairing.


Bring on the Bubbles!

December 2020

Harry & David Country Village

1314 Center Drive | Medford

Do you love bubbles! Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an expensive bottle of Champagne and a bottle of sparkling wine? Join us after hours with the skilled team at Harry & David Country Village. You will travel the world through bubbled filled glasses, learning the different styles, how they are made and what flavors marry well.


To Blend, To Balance, To Rosé

Thursday, May 21, 2020

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Online Zoom Class

It is time to rosé in May! Explore the subtler art of the making of rosé through the expert guidance of Sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy.

Learn about the different wine making techniques, and taste the brilliance of these beautiful floral and sweet wines on your palate!


Taste the Rhône 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Online Zoom Class

Are you looking to Rhône away for a night? We have the experience for you compliments of the Oregon Wine University. Sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy has crafted a virtual adventure through the exquisite Rhône Valley.

Taste through an expertly picked sample of these aromatic and rich varietals in the comfort of your home while you discover the origin of these flavorful grapes and why they flourish in the Oregon soil.


Discover Your Tempranillo Palate 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Ashland Hills Hotel

2525 Ashland Street | Ashland

Tim Hanni, MW guides you through a Tempranillo tasting focused solely on Oregon wines. You will progressively sample and compare different style Tempranillo wines from around the state and identify the wine style that best suits your individual palate.