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Want to learn more about wine and spirits? Check out the following classes offered by Cecil Flentge of Grapes and Groceries through the Northside Adult & Community Education program.

The best way to learn about wine is by tasting it.

The best way to learn about wine is by tasting it.

World Class Wine from Oregon: If people had known how great the wines would be in Oregon, the Oregon Trail would have been blazed much sooner. While apples, roses, and hops are big for the upper left hand corner of the U.S., they also have many beautiful wineries. Whites and reds are great, and they lend themselves to food so instructor Cecil Flentge will prepare dinner to go with the wines and talk with you about the wines. Sept. 24, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9944 Leslie Road, Helotes, (210) 688-3090. (That is Leslie Road where it intersects Braun Road.) Visit http://www.zionsa.org/directions.html for a map. Materials fee: $18 (payable to instructor).

Traditional Bourbon – It’s Not just From Kentucky: The definition of bourbon? There are many places that follow the required tenets of proper bourbon distilling that are not from Kentucky. Here is a chance to learn a bit and taste a few. Flentge will discuss the basis of what makes bourbon and and even get into food pairings. He will also prepare a few dishes to taste along with the bourbon. Oct. 8, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9944 Leslie Road, Helotes. (210) 688-3090. (That is Leslie Road where it intersects Braun Road.) http://www.zionsa.org/directions.html for a map. Materials fee: $18.

Champagne, Sparkling, Cava, Prosecco — All Bubbles: Sparkling wines, like Champagne, are always a celebration. But have you tried bubbly wines from other countries? This class will show a wide range of tastes and styles in the realm of sparkling wines. Flentge will give information about the wines, food pairing, and no one has to get married to try these. Not sweet and sweet wines as will be tasted. A buffet of goodies will be provided to help you enjoy the wine. Oct. 15, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9944 Leslie Road, (210) 688-3090. (That is Leslie Road where it intersects Braun Road.) http://www.zionsa.org/directions.html for a map. Materials fee: $18.

What wine style do you want to learn more about?

What wine style do you want to learn more about?

Sweet Wines and Dessert Wines: There are those that scoff at sweet wines. Fine, their loss. But Port, Sherry, Sauternes, et cetera are wines no knowledgeable wine aficionado scoff about. But there are so many more sweet wines, some that are planned for dessert, some that can pair with savory dishes. Flentge will lead you to some sweet conclusions and pair foods with the wines to show their many uses. Nov. 5, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9944 Leslie Road, Helotes, (210) 688-3090. (That is Leslie Road where it intersects Braun Road.)  http://www.zionsa.org/directions.html for a map. Materials fee: $18.

The Wines of Southern France: Provence, Languedoc, Minervois all make very tasty and reasonably priced wines in red, white, and pink! Sample wines while pairing them with foods to help you visualize an afternoon in Narbonne or Marseilles. Flentge will lead the exploration and prepare the dishes. Nov. 12, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9944 Leslie Road, Helotes, (210) 688-3090. (That is Leslie Road where it intersects Braun Road.) http://www.zionsa.org/directions.html for a map. Materials fee: $18.

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