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 103: Winemaking Basics – 4/17/2021
A quality wine begins with scrupulous viticultural choices and vineyard management as discussed in our last class – but it does not end there. While one chapter ends, another begins as the grapes are finally harvested and brought into the winery, starting its transition from fruit to wine. In this class in our Educational Tasting Series, we will walk you through our winery, reviewing everything from harvest practices, wine pressing, fermentation, and aging and the various techniques used at each step depending on wine varietal, equipment available, and winemaker’s unique preference and approach to winemaking. This class will be hosted predominantly in our winemaking facility, not typically open to the public!
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.