A few months ago I made a formal announcement about the types of wine classes/tasting I can present, and it dawns on me now that some of these would be perfect for that host or hostess that wants to do something different for their holiday themed parties.

So if you like out-of-the-box ideas for your home parties why not try letting me warm up your group for the first hour with:

Wine Tasting for Beginners

From how to select wine to all the other “how-tos” such as opening a bottle, serving, testing for cork taint, detecting aromas, flavors and making a general conclusion as to the quality of the wine.

Single Varietal Wine Tasting

Learn how to discern what you like in, say a Chardonnay, by tasting several from different areas, winemakers and oak treatments.

How to Taste like a Sommelier

Beyond a beginner’s class, learn what we do in examining a wine. This does include learning to spit so that you can taste several wines in one sitting, as well as making a quick educated decision about the quality of a particular wine.

Wine and Food (appetizers, main and/or dessert) Pairing

Wine is not just something to rinse the palate between bites of food. Learn how some wines complement food while others can actually make your food taste bad.

Chocolate Tasting

This can be a revelation, not just a sweet treat. By moving from dark to light chocolate, some with dried fruit and nuts, you will be surprised at how quickly your palate can be educated on chocolate as it is by wine. (Wine can be included.)

Wine Tasting Party I

I can educate you on holding your own wine tasting party with tips on stemware, service tools, what wines to buy, how to serve them and what to pair it with. If you have a theme, or need help with a theme, I begin there.

Wine Tasting Party II

As above, however I will host your wine tasting party for you by providing service and entertaining how-to tips for your guests.

Prices are $100 per hour. Wine, food and venue is not included in pricing but can be obtained for an additional fee. Contact Eve Bushman at Eve@EveWine101.com for questions and bookings.

Eve’s Wine 101 Event Picks: Beekeeper Cellars Dinner 10/20 and 10/21, Santa Clarita Oktoberfest in the Spiegeltent 10/21-22, STARS of Italian Wine 10/26, Cab Fest 10/30, J Lohr Wine Dinner at Newhall Refinery 11/2, American Wine Society Conference 11/3-5, Sunset in the Vineyard 11/6, STARS of Cabernet 11/9-10, Barolo and Brunello 11/12, Paso Garagiste Fest 11/11-12. Ongoing: Events locally at Reyes Winery and  Eve does Wine Themed Parties.

Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com