Houston Arboretum Hosts Virtual Wine Series
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center presents a series of three exclusive virtual classes in September that teach about the important integration of nature and winemaking. Each class has a different focus on the living world as participants learn about wines from South America.
All funds from this series support the Arboretum’s mission of nature education and conservation and is sponsored in part by Vine Connections and Double Decanted. Hosted by Katie Campbell of the Arboretum, the other leaders are Tiffany Ritter and Kelsey Low from the Arboretum, and Lizzy Butler (Vine Connections).
Participants must be 21 or older. Registration closes at noon on the day of each class. Each class package (valued at $110 and up) includes two-three bottles of wine, two specialty Arboretum wine glasses, a charcuterie starter kit and all educational resources for the class. A recording of each class will be available for a limited time.
Session 1: Sustainability & South American Wines
Sept. 2, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Chile and Argentina boast some of the most environmentally conscious wineries in the world. They recognize the need to preserve nature in a way that protects the land for future generations. In this class, you will experience a variety of wines that are all crafted from sustainable or certified organic wine practices. You will also learn about the intricacies of these practices and their importance to the natural world. Supply pickup: Saturday-Wednesday (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Session 2: Wings & Wine
Sept. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
What's the link between Burrowing Parrots, Black-necked Swans and Bonarda grapes? The same quirks of climate and geology that make great wines also create rich and unique bird habitat. Fly with us from the wild coast of Chile, home to refreshing wines and Giant Hummingbirds, to the mountain valleys of Argentina, where glacial rivers feed Malbec grapes and flamingos alike. As guests taste three delicious wines, they will learn about the landscape qualities that produce these wonderful flavors and support such interesting birds. Supply pickup: Saturday – Wednesday (Sept. 12 – 16) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Session 3: Climate & Minerality: Flavors of Argentina
Sept. 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Geology and climate can tell an intricate story about a vineyard and its history. During this educational wine experience, you will travel through the foothills of the Andes to the famous region of Mendoza to explore the geological differences that give these wines their unique flavor profiles. Sommeliers use words like “earthy” and “chalky” to describe the minerality of wine, but how do you detect those flavors and what do those terms really mean? Raise a glass as the we examine how climate and soil types impact the taste of wine and explore the hidden micro-ecosystems beneath the surface. Supply Pickup: Saturday – Wednesday (Sept. 26 – 30) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For supply pick up, registrants must present a valid ID confirming birthdate of 21 years or older. No pickups will be provided outside of the specified timeframes, and no refunds are offered if supplies are not picked up.
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