Wine Educational Tasting Series
Start your year fresh with a wine education series at Durant Vineyards. Designed for those newer to the world of wine (but can be enjoyed by wine veterans as well), we are offering four unique classes reviewing the basics of wine tasting, differences amongst varietals at Durant and the Willamette Valley as a whole, vineyard best practices and the process of making wine. This class will be curated and hosted by our very own wine educator Paul Mentzer.
Come to class ready to learn first hand what makes Durant Vineyards one of the premier winemakers in the Willamette Valley, all while sipping some of the greatest wines we have to offer. You will leave these classes confident and knowledgeable about the world-class wines this area has come to be known for.
Wine 102: Wine Varietal Basics – 3/20/2021
Have you ever wondered what makes a Pinot Noir a Pinot Noir? Wine Varietal Basics is class 2 of a 4 part series in which we will dive deeper into the various types of wines from Durant, the Willamette Valley, and around the world, all while tasting some of these spectacular wines. Discover how these varietals have come to be, which varietals thrive where and why, and what makes them unique.
Meet Paul Mentzer
Following the award of his BSc from Purdue University in Horticulture, Paul Mentzer began his professional career in research at Purdue while simultaneously completing master’s level coursework in Entomology. Paul continued his career in geological sciences and technology until which time he discovered a latent interest in wine sparked through employment in wine sales in the Phoenix area commencing in 2001. Completing his CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) in 2007 served to strengthen his desire to learn more about wine.