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Doylestown Wine Classes:

If you are interested in learning more about wine, you’ll love Carlow Cookery’s wine classes. In addition to tasting wines from a featured area or varietal, our wine experts will teach you about each wine, it’s charecteristics and how to judge quality. Food (hors d’oeuvres and light main course) is served during the course of the evening. All in a casual and comfortable environment.

All wine classes begin at 7:00 p.m.

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The World of Fine Wines   7pm
Exceptional wines from around the world
Friday, 08/18/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$85
Join us for a wine tasting featuring signature varietals from some the the world's best growing regions. In this session we focus on quality producers with wines averaging $40 per bottle from six different regions: Germany (Riesling), California (Napa Cabernet), France (Burgundy Pinot Noir), Italy (Brunello), Australia (Shiraz) and Spain (Rioja). As the six wines are tasted Mike will discuss each region’s characteristics as well as the flavor profile of the varietal. Supper will be served throughout the evening featuring foods that pair well with the wines being served.

Menu: Crispy Shrimp with Sweet Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce; Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Mixed Berry and Demi-glace Reduction over Potato Puree; Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Raspberry Sauce.
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Wines of France: Bordeaux, Provence and More   7pm
Wine Appreciation Series, Part 8
Thursday, 08/24/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$60
This class is currently sold out. If you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation please call the store at 215-489-2677

As we continue our tour of the of the significant wine regions of the world we turn our attention toward two regions in France. Both are an important source for a range of wines - from simple table varieties to complex, age-worthy offerings. In Bordeaux, there are thousands of growers producing millions of bottles of wine but we'll focus on the most important grapes in the region. Next we look at Provence, a region considered by many to one of France's most underrated. In addition to its signature rose, they also produce high quality red and white wines as well.

About the class: This session is a more comprehensive course on understanding and appreciating wine. It's fun and informative but focused on different aspects of the wines to help participants gain a solid understanding of what is available on the market and how it suits their palate. In addition to tasting six selected wines, you'll gain a better understanding of each region's producers and significant varietals - all in a relaxed environment that allows for questions and feedback. A three course dinner is served throughout the evening.

The classes are taught by Mike Conti, President/Wine Educator of From Stem to Learn. Mike has over 32 years in the hospitality and education industries. He gained valuable knowledge of wine through his professional experiences and contacts. Mike's instruction is straightforward and fun, informational and relaxed, thorough and insightful.
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*Sold Out* Wine Tasting: Grilling and Chilling   7pm
Wines that pair well with foods from the grill
Tuesday, 08/29/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$65
As we approach the high season for grilling do you ever wonder which beverage to serve with dinner? Many times we fire up the grill and ice down the beer but it's not the only option. Wine is more often than not a better complementary choice when it comes to grilled foods. We'll show you how to pick wines that not only stand up to the char of the flame, the exotic spices and rich marinades but accent them. These wines are also well suited to the warmer temperatures of summer.

Menu: Grilled Fish Tacos with Mexican Slaw, Pickled Onions and Tangy Chipotle Sauce; Tender Smoky Pork Sandwiches with Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Brioche Rolls: rilled Tuscan Chicken Breasts with Grilled Vegetable Salad; Grilled Peaches with Angel Food Cake and Citrus Syrup
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Advanced Wine Tastings Three Session Series   7pm
Advanced tastings featuring wines from around the world.
Thursday, 09/14/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$210


This class was moved from July 12th.

We are exploring some of the world's great varietals with another advanced wine tasting. Using the principles and information presented in our regular wine appreciation classes the format of these sessions demonstrates how a combination of factors can shape the wine produced by a vineyard.

The class will feature two flights of three wines each. In addition, we will add an introductory wine unrelated to the theme to enjoy with an appetizer. Participants will challenge your palate to compare and contrast the varietals. Supper will be served between flights and dessert will be served at the end of the class.

Class Dates and Topics
Pinot Grigio - Thursday, September 14th, 7pm
Zinfandel - Thursday, October 12th, 7pm
Cabernet Sauvignon - Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 7pm
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The Food and Wine of Greece   7PM
Enjoy an array of Mediterranean dishes paired with Greek wines.
Wednesday, 09/20/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$65
Many say that the Greek diet is the healthiest of all Mediterranean cuisines. Since ancient times, olives and bread have been at its heart, augmented with an assortment fresh vegetables, fish, chicken and lamb. And while Greece has been making wine for thousands of years, recent improvements in the industry are allowing them to better showcase the indigenous grapes and uniquor terrior. Best of all, these wines are available here and go great with food. Join us as we explore the rich food and wine tradition of this great country.

Menu: Shrimp and Feta Stuffed Zucchini with Tomato and Mint Sauce; Greek Salad with Creamy Lemon, Herb and Yogurt Dressing; Thin Spaghetti with Chicken and Cauliflower; Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Honey Glazed Apricots
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*Sold Out* Wine Wars: Flavors of Fall   7pm
A friendly exhibition pairing two different wines with three Fall dishes
Monday, 09/25/17
Instructor: Mike Conti and Victor Ykoruk
$65
This class is currently sold out. If you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation please call the store at 215-489-2677

So much of wine enjoyment revolves around stylistic differences in the way they are produced. These differences can be even more interesting when paired with different foods and the best way to appreciate that is with a side-by-side tasting. In this new wine and food pairing format, Fall foods take center stage, paired with wines that suit the season. The Format: We begin with an introductory wine to get the evening started paired with a savory bite. Mike and Victor will each choose three wines from "fall wine" categories and pair them with three different courses. They will discuss the characteristics of each wine and producer as well as why they chose it for each pairing. It will be up to you to determine which works best for your palate.

The Advocates

Mike Conti: Mike is President/Wine Educator of From Stem to Learn, a wine education and consulting company. Mike is a certified wine expert with over 30 years in the hospitality and education industries. He is also resident wine instructor at Carlow Cookery.

Victor Ykoruk: Victor has been in the F&B and wine business for over 20 years. His own Cana Consulting Group, LLC put the likes of Karamoor Estate on the map. Additionally, he is the lead sales consultant in Philadelphia for Majestic Wine and Spirits, the state's 3rd largest distributor.

Menu: Roasted Winter Squash Pate in Puff Pastry with Balsamic Glaze; Apple, Sausage and Macaroni in Creamy Cider Sauce; South American Spice Slow Roasted Pork with Savory Corn Bread and Red Wine Jus; Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Creme Fraiche
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Wines of South America   7pm
Wine Appreciation Series, Part 9
Thursday, 09/28/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$60
Even though it doesn't always get the attention, South America is home to some of the hottest wines on the market today. Until recently, the region consumed most of the wine it produced. Now, quality wines are being produced with an eye on the export market. The result is some incredibly good wines that can be had less expensively than wines of equal quality produced in Europe and elsewhere. We'll guide you on the countries, producers and varietals that you should look for on the shelves of your local wine store.

About the class: This session is a more comprehensive course on understanding and appreciating wine. It's fun and informative but focused on different aspects of the wines to help participants gain a solid understanding of what is available on the market and how it suits their palate. In addition to tasting six selected wines, you'll gain a better understanding of each region's producers and significant varietals - all in a relaxed environment that allows for questions and feedback. A three course dinner is served throughout the evening.

The classes are taught by Mike Conti, President/Wine Educator of From Stem to Learn. Mike has over 32 years in the hospitality and education industries. He gained valuable knowledge of wine through his professional experiences and contacts. Mike's instruction is straightforward and fun, informational and relaxed, thorough and insightful.
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Wine Wars: Flavors of Fall   7pm
A friendly exhibition pairing two different wines with three Fall dishes
Monday, 10/09/17
Instructor: Mike Conti and Victor Ykoruk
$65
So much of wine enjoyment revolves around stylistic differences in the way they are produced. These differences can be even more interesting when paired with different foods and the best way to appreciate that is with a side-by-side tasting. In this new wine and food pairing format, Fall foods take center stage, paired with wines that suit the season. The Format: We begin with an introductory wine to get the evening started paired with a savory bite. Mike and Victor will each choose three wines from "fall wine" categories and pair them with three different courses. They will discuss the characteristics of each wine and producer as well as why they chose it for each pairing. It will be up to you to determine which works best for your palate.

The Advocates

Mike Conti: Mike is President/Wine Educator of From Stem to Learn, a wine education and consulting company. Mike is a certified wine expert with over 30 years in the hospitality and education industries. He is also resident wine instructor at Carlow Cookery.

Victor Ykoruk: Victor has been in the F&B and wine business for over 20 years. His own Cana Consulting Group, LLC put the likes of Karamoor Estate on the map. Additionally, he is the lead sales consultant in Philadelphia for Majestic Wine and Spirits, the state's 3rd largest distributor.

Menu: Roasted Winter Squash Pate in Puff Pastry with Balsamic Glaze; Apple, Sausage and Macaroni in Creamy Cider Sauce; South American Spice Slow Roasted Pork with Savory Corn Bread and Red Wine Jus; Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Creme Fraiche
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Premium Tequila Tasting and Dinner   7pm
Four premium bourbons paired with fare of the American Southwest
Friday, 10/27/17
Instructor: Mike Conti
$70
Tequila's popularity has grown steadily over the years. Partly because of our thrist for margaritas but also because there are so many premium tequilas that have hit the market. We'll start with a tequila cockatil as Mike gives you an overview of how tequila is made and what to look for when looking for quality producers. We'll then taste four different premium tequilas each paired with a different course from the American Southwest. It's a great opportunity to enjoy this popular spirit and share your insights in a casual and comfortable environment.

Menu: Shredded Beef Stuffed Roasted Chiles Smothered in Verde Sauce; Roasted Shrimp on Corn Cakes with Papaya Vinaigrette and Avocado Pineapple Salsa; Chicken and Chorizo with Fettucine in a Smoky Tomato Cream Sauce; Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel Crunch
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