ear in Dry Comal Creek Vineyards’ Winery U, perhaps the oddest will be “Can I really buy this at the drug store?” Others will include “Do we really have to guess what this is?”, “Can I really grow winemaking grapes in Houston?” and “Will there be wine tasting once you quit talking?” In the grand tradition of Winery U, every question will get some kind of answer as part of the longest-running wine education program in the Texas Hill Country. The program, which is entering its sixth year, has a new lineup for 2014 that includes four all-new classes and revisions to old favorites. The classes, 12 in all, are held on Saturdays at the winery, which is located just outside New Braunfels. Winery U is led by David King, who holds a Certified Specialist of Wine certificate from the Society for Wine Educators. The new sessions for 2014 are: “Wine on a Budget,” tips and tricks for finding the best bottles at unlikely locations, from the neighborhood convenience store to the big-box retailer. Scheduled for February. “Bottle Shock,” a twist on the famous Judgment of Paris wine tasting that shocked the world in 1976, retold in the movie “Bottle Shock.” Scheduled for May. “Wine and Cheese,” a guide to some of the world’s notable cheeses and ways to pair them with wines from around the corner and around the globe. Scheduled for October. “Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wines” a look into the tradition-laden universe of fortified wines from Spain and Portugal. Scheduled for November.
Registration is available online at drycomalcreek.com/winery-u-wine.html, or by visiting the Dry Comal Creek Vineyards tasting room at 1741 Herbelin Road. Classes are $30 per person per class, or $25 per person per class if bought for four or more at once. All sessions include discussion and wine tastings, as well as a class handout and other educational materials.Here is the complete schedule for 2014: Jan. 11: Introduction to Wine Feb. 8: Wine on a Budget March 8: Texas Wines April 12: Sensory Evaluation May 10: Bottle Shock June 14: Food and Wine July 12: Growing Grapes and Making Wine Aug. 16: The Black Spanish Grape Sept. 11: Sparkling Wines Oct. 13: Wine and Cheese Nov. 8: Port, Sherry and Other Fortified Wines Dec. 13: Cabernet Sauvignon