15c Wine University is offered multiple times a year and space in limited.
Email Ali@15cwines.com to join up for the next available session!
The University course is a 6 week, 12-hour class that covers basic wine appreciation, production, economics and blind tasting while touring and tasting wines from all the major wine producing regions or the world.
The class is held Tuesday nights at CLAVO Cellars in downtown Templeton from 6pm - 8pm.
Wines tasted during the University are hand selected by Ali and include some of the most prestigious, obscure and hard to find wine in the world.
20% discount on bottles purchased from class, and an option for a first time wine club sign charge of $20!
Whether she is drinking wine with friends and family, sampling obscure wines with potential buyer, or examining vineyards, Ali loves wine and the industry. Ali completed her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Cal Poly, after she was determined to break into the field of wine. The path to loving and understanding wine first began with a job in the tasting room at Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles. Upon graduation, she was promoted to assistant marketing manager, exposing her to the sales side of the industry. While learning about the business, Ali gained some insight into the magic of winemaking, motivating her to go back to school. Within a year, Ali was completing her Master's degree in Agriculture. Her thesis project for the Paso Robles Wine Alliance inspired Gary Eberle to hire her for direct sales management position at Eberle Winery. Yet, when the opportunity came for hr to work as a Fine Wine Specialist for the Henry wine Group, she couldn't pas it up. Ali worked for the Henry Wine Group for 6 years and enjoyed added jobs such as teaching a few classes at Cal Poly as well as continuing to be a regular guest speaker. She is now a certified advanced sommelier through the WSET and a certified Somm through the Court of Master Sommeliers. In addition to being the owner and founder of 15c, Ali is a devoted mother and traveler, her two favorite styles of wine are French and Spanish where she leads yearly wine adventures.
WEEK 1 - Introduction, production methods, marketing and economics. Classic varietal characteristics & systematic approach to blind tasting. Blind taste 3 whites and 3 reds.
WEEK 2 - France (Burgundy | Alsace | Loire | Northern Rhone)
WEEK 3 - France (Southern Rhone | South | Bordeaux | Champagne) Germany, Austria, Hungary
WEEK 4 - Italy (NorthWest | North East | Central | South | the Islands) Spain
WEEK 5 - Bubbles & Spain
WEEK 6 - New World (South America | Australia | New Zealand | California | Oregon | Washington | NY) Sake & Graduation
15c ALSO OFFER PRIVATE CLASSES / CONSULTING / as well as catering & off-site bar services
Any questions? Feel free to ask!