LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. – Montage Laguna Beach debuted its latest series of insider wine tastings and seminars in The Loft Bistro at the oceanfront resort, offered Sundays 2 – 4 p.m. February through June. The Artistry Of Wine is an exciting wine education series that features tastings of different varietals and vintages from wine regions around the world. Seminars and tastings led by Montage sommeliers focus on wine themes ranging from “Organic and Biodynamic Wines” to “Food and Wine Pairing.”
FEBRUARY 15 Glass Full of Cherries – Although wine comes from the juice of grapes, some of our favorites can be described as tasting like other fruits. Celebrate a favorite summer fruit by sipping on Barberas, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons and Amarones with the distinct taste of cherries.
MARCH 1 – A World of Pinot Grigio – Come taste some of the finest examples of Pinot Grigio from around the world. Whether it’s called Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, or Grauerburgunder, this is a grape that can rival Chardonnay in complexity and elegance.
MARCH 8 – California’s New Pinot Noirs – Pinot Noir is all the rage, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer grape. Try a wide array of regional California wines that bring out the best this grape has to offer.
MARCH 15 – A Taste of the Earth – The wines of Champagne, Chablis and the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley have one thing in common: fossilized oyster shells in their soil. Enjoy the common thread of these three regions and discover what the French call the gout de terroir, or “taste of the earth.”
MARCH 22 – French Oak vs. American Oak – Most barrels used in the aging of wine come from American and French Oaks. Because of different climates, the wood used to create these barrels can impart unique flavors. Discover the subtle differences and decide for yourself which barrels are best.
MARCH 29 – Organic and Biodynamic Wines – The number of wines available certified as organic and biodynamic is steadily growing, and they consist of some of the world’s most sought-after labels. No matter what grape variety, the wines display a purity of fruit and a distinct sense of place.
APRIL 19 – Down Under – New Zealand and Tasmania have emerged as new world wine regions with a striking diversity of styles. Taste some Pinot Noirs, Sparklers, and a few other unexpected gems from our Antipodean friends.
APRIL 26 – Food and Wine Pairing – Pairing good food and fine wine is an art. Not all flavors complement each other. Join us to learn the rules of thumb to ensure you create a combination worth remembering.
MAY 3 – Mother’s Day is Next Week… Don’t Forget! – The average woman has more taste buds than a man, and some of the world’s finest wines are made by women winemakers. Come taste handcrafted wines made from a woman’s perspective. Gentlemen are also welcome.
MAY 17 – The Diversity of Washington State – Washington has long been known for exceptional Cabernets and Merlots, but what you may not know is that the state is home to a bevy of fine wines. Come try for yourself.
MAY 31 – A Spoonful of Sugar… – Dessert wines come in a variety of styles and a wide range of flavors. Explore with us some classic styles, as well as some off-the-beaten-path treasures.
JUNE 7 – By The Sea – Enjoy some white wines from various regions around the Mediterranean Sea, and see why these crisp, straightforward wines are so perfect for a warm afternoon.
JUNE 14 – Southward – Argentina and Chile are producers of wines fantastic in both flavor and value Try a few modern wines from these countries, and enjoy a unique regional take on some classic grapes.
JUNE 28 – Dry Rose: The Perfect Summer Wine – All of the flavors of your favorite “serious” red wines, yet delicate and very drinkable. After all, who wants a heavy Syrah while lying by the pool? See how the rest of the world enjoys wine during the summer. Better yet, Taste it.