Wine Education

Throughout the course of weekend the Sedona Winefest is offering short seminars on a variety of enology and viticulture topics. Learn about the history of wine, the wine industry, and how to enhance your tasting experience. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and joy for wine while learning from some of the best in the business. The seminars are taught by knowledgeable experts in the Arizona wine industry and are about 20-30 minutes long with a few exceptions.


Seminars are FREE to attendees

Educational Seminars Sedona WineFest 2018

Saturday and Sunday

12:00-12:45 Southwest Wine Center Practice and Education in Arizona Wine

Presenter Ted Ferring: A graduate of the Viticulture & Enology degree program at Yavapai College, went on the become the Vineyard Forman at the Southwest Wine Center. Where he teaches and toils in the vineyards growing some of the States finest grapes!

Ted will give a short talk on the Viticulture and Enology program at Yavapai College. Wine tasting to include some of the newest releases of the student made wines.

1:30-2:15 The Grape American Road Trip

Presenter Andrew Stover:  Named one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 Sommeliers under 40 years old, Andrew comes to us from Washington DC to lead a presentation on some of the lesser known winemaking regions in the USA.“Wine is now produced in all 50 US States since the opening of a winery in North Dakota in 2002. However, not all states grow grapes—Alaska has grapes trucked in from other regions and Hawaii uses fruit (pineapple) to produce wines.” Want to hear more? Come to this presentation, listen to this wine industry rising star and taste some wines from some of the “other” wine making states

3:30-4:15 Understanding Food and Wine Pairing

Presenter Paula Woolsey CSW: Paula Woolsey is the owner of Cellar Door Unhinged, consulting with Arizona wineries, restaurants, hotels, trade organizations and schools, in the fields of sales, marketing, business operations and event planning. She a teacher at Yavapai College in the Viticulture and Enology department since 2009 and Vice President of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium.

Being able to successfully pair wine and food will helps store clerks improve customer service, servers & bartenders help customers choose both wines and food, and home cooks in everyday food & wine considerations. How do Acid, Sugar and Salt impact your food and wine pairing decisions? Test your own palate, experience first hand how these everyday ingredients impact wines.


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