Two New January Wine Classes

The Wine School at l’Alliance Française presents …

Tasting, Buying, Drinking, Serving, Pairing, Storing
Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton for Enjoying Wine, an entertaining and informative way to learn more about wine and the some of the topics that inevitably go along with it. As we taste through 10 fine wines (sparkling, white, rosé, red, and sweet), we’ll cover topics such as tasting wine, buying wine, drinking wine, serving wine (temperature and glassware), pairing wine with food, and storing wine. All tasting will be from Riedel Degustazione stemware. Course notes will be distributed via email and may be found at A selection of cheeses and bread will be offered during each class. Enjoying Wine will cost $50 per person cash ($52.63 regular). The course will meet at 7pm on Thursday, January 8th, 2015To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or email

The Basics of Tasting and Understanding Wine
Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton for this introduction to truly tasting wine. Tasting is the basis of understanding wine, learning more about wine, and finding what sorts of wines we like best. Properly tasting wine with purpose helps all of this happen faster and with less frustration. Taste Wine Like A Pro will get you on the right track.

Topics will include:
– The basics of tasting
– The physiology of taste (sounds intimidating; it’s not)
– Tasting wine versus drinking wine
– Types of tasting
– Blind tasting and playing “The Options Game”
– Proper tasting glassware
– Tasting notes

Ten wines will be tasted. All tasting will be from Riedel Degustazione stemware. Course notes will be distributed via email and may be found at A selection of cheeses and bread will be offered during each class. Taste Wine Like A Pro will cost $60 per person cash ($63.16 regular). The course will meet at 7pm on Monday, January 12th, 2015To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or email

Both of these classes will be held at l’Alliance Française, the French cultural center in Houston.  Located at 427 Lovett Blvd. (Houston, Texas 77006), l’Alliance Française is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

About the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
In 1988, Bear Dalton began teaching wine classes at l’Alliance Française. Those classes evolved into the Wine School at l’Alliance Française. Throughout the year (generally at least twice a month), the Wine School offers classes on such diverse topics as Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Zinfandel, Cabernet, South America, the Basics, and many more. 

About Bear Dalton
Since 1996, Bear Dalton has been the corporate fine wine buyer for Spec’s Wines and Spirits. He has over 35 years experience in the wine business (wholesale, retail, restaurants, and national distribution) and has been a wine educator since 1994. He buys, tastes, drinks, sips, spits, teaches about, reads about, writes about, eats, sleeps, and dreams wine. For more on Bear, go to

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