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The Tasting and Talking Wine Series

with Tom Simoneau Relish Culinary Center, Healdsburg $50 per class or $145 for all three seasonal wine classes

Tom Simoneau is the ultimate "wine guy": he's a passionate grape grower, award-winning winemaker, successful wine sales manager, in-demand wine judge, and knowledgeable wine educator. In addition to all this, his fun and enthusiastic approach and personal relationships with local wineries makes each wine tasting class unique.

At these Thursday evening classes, you will learn how to taste wine like a wine judge, exploring color, aroma and flavor. There's no wrong answer as we casually discuss what we see, smell and taste. You'll enjoy twelve superb wines hand-selected by Tom based on the evening's theme. Each class provides a unique opportunity to taste side-by-side an inspired compilation of wine—the price for one bottle often costs more than class price. At the end of the evening, you will participate in an informal vote to choose a class favorite. The following week, you'll hear Tom talk about the results of the vote on his daily radio "wine minute" on KSRO 1350. Light snacks will be served.

Is Mendocino the New Napa?

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Mendocino County is large and diverse. More than twice the size of Sonoma County and four times the size of Napa County, it has cool coastal regions such as Anderson Valley, warm inland areas such as Redwood Valley, and rugged elevations such as Mendocino Ridge. Nowadays, wines from these regions are garnering accolades worldwide. At this T&T class, we'll taste and talk about how this diversity plays out in the wide variety and outstanding quality of wines coming from Mendocino County.

To Oak or Not to Oak?

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

The use of oak wine barrels to store and age wine is a centuries old tradition. As the price of French oak barrels increases with the strength of the Euro, some winemakers are using alternatives such as American oak barrels or "oak treatments" like oak chips or sticks added to the wine during aging. It's hard to talk about the effect of oak barrel aging without also talking about malolactic (M.L.) fermentation (using bacteria to initiate a conversion of tart malic acid to the softer-tasting lactic acid) and sur lies (extended contact of wine with yeast in the barrel), also processes that can be used to enhance a wine during aging.

So....what makes a Chardonnay buttery or gives a Cabernet hints of vanilla? At this T&T class, you'll taste a variety of red and white wines that reflect various combinations of these winemaking techniques to learn for youself how wine is affected and what your preferences are.

Chef biographies, location descriptions, registration information, directions, recipes, news and announcements are available on the Relish website.

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Fall Vegetable Workshop (hands-on) Fast and Easy in the Pressure Cooker

with Chef Jill Nussinow Relish Culinary Center, Healdsburg

Friday, October 17, 6:00 PM $80

Join the Veggie Queen chef Jill Nussinow for this tasty hands-on workshop focused on using the bounty of late summer/early fall vegetables in creative recipes that utilize a pressure cooker. At this class, you'll learn about vegetable-based soups and salads, plus veggie main courses than can also be used as side dishes. Jill will show you how to use the pressure cooker to make cooking fast, easy and very eco-friendly. Jill will also discuss raw foods as you make a raw fruit pie. Jill's experience as a vegetarian chef-instructor and nutritionist for almost 20 years is evident in the depth of her food knowledge and her approachable teaching style. Our complete dinner will be served with local wines.

Harvest Vegetable Soup Garlicky Green Bean and Potato Salad White Bean and Tomato Salad Eggplant in Garlic Sauce Thai Red Rice Raw Fresh Fruit Pie with Almond Crust and Cashew Crème

Team-Building Cooking Parties Unique Holiday Gatherings!

“The event was perfect for our department. You made it really easy for us— all we had to do was show up. The challenge was hysterical and everyone was so surprised that we made such a delicious meal.”

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    Medtronic, Santa Rosa

Relish offers private cooking parties, dinners, and team-building events where everyone enjoys great food while developing and enhancing professional connections.

We offer a variety of events, from wine and food demonstrations to more elaborate hands-on team cooking experiences. Our events are great for cooks of all experience levels.

Relish team-building events use cooking as a forum for collaboration and communication. We always use seasonal local ingredients to give participants a “sense of place” that is all about the wine country.

We can host your group at the stylish Relish Culinary Center in downtown Healdsburg, a scenic wine country location or a venue of your choice— whatever best meets your requirements and budget.

Contact us today to schedule your business event.

Chef biographies, location descriptions, registration information, directions, recipes, news and announcements are available on the Relish website.



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