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What I Learned About Enjoying Beer At A Wine Tasting Class by Ginger Johnson

Larry and Greg


Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

Last weekend found me, My Fine Husband and two fun flavor-loving (if not slightly disruptive – okay, we all were) friends at a wine class. Wooldridge Creek Winery is one of our go-to wineries anywhere, hands down. Winemakers Kara and Greg are fun, very insightful, funny, and they clearly like giving these classes since they love being winemakers. 

As wine club members we can choose a few classes to attend and also bring friends. So we packed picnics, drove to the over the top gorgeous Applegate Valley where the winery is located and settled into the 2 hour class. 

Time flies. And with the banter, questions & answers, tasting of wine and new addition of tiny cheese samples too, it was a terrific start to the day. Afterwards we headed outside to get a table and set out a leisurely picnic. Sounds ideal because it was. Ahhhhhhh….. 


I want to share a few things I learned this time around:

  • Uber Wines = vines that have no suckers that will grow to tax the efforts of the vines.
  • White wine is like lager for beer in some ways. A well-made white wine has nothing to hide behind; delicate, subtle, and delicious.
  • Whiskey lactones in white wine equal a coconutesque flavor contribution.
  • More tannins will amplify the alcoholic character of wine. 

Every time we go, I have a ball, learn a tun, and can’t wait to share the information forward. Here are two more posts inspired by wine classes:

Larry and Greg

Larry and Greg

To wit: Grizzly Peak has invited me to give their first ever Beer & Wine class – proof that beer and wine go together. Use the “and” instead of the “or” – enjoy them all. 

Overall this is the message: Flavor is where you find it. Be an enthusiast, never a snob. Enjoy your beverages with friends and food. 

I’m game – you ready?

Till the next glass, Cheers ~ 

Go Here: Beer & Wine: Together Forever – lively and delicious Beer & Wine tasting class, with accompanying Cypress Grove Chevre Cheese & Dagoba Chocolate. Registrations can be made via this link

Try This: Try beer and wine, in small portions, side by side. The most successful results, flavor-matching wise, will be had when one of your guests knows beer (professionally) and one knows wine (professionally.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at or

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