Taste & Toast : How to Assess Quality

Taste & Toast : How to Assess Quality

Setting the Standard : A Wine Series with Scott Komplin  · in English

Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
$55 Members / $65 Non-members / Series of 4 $200 for members
810 N. Dearborn Street

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Scott is back with a new wine tasting series designed to transform all wine buffs into true oenophiles!

Follow us on a tasting tour de France and expand your knowledge by comparing wines of different price and quality. From best buys and vin de pays to more complex and expansive châteaux and premier cru. For those of you coming straight from work, each class will start with a typical French apéro to relax a little before moving on to the taste of terroir. After having exchanged taste notes and opinions with your voisin de table, you will have a new best friend thanks to the most convivial experience offered at the Alliance!


Introductory Class : Break down the technical components of wine to take a closer look at the appearance, nose and palate.  Learn to “Taste like a Professional” by assessing the wine’s color intensity, aromas, sweetness, acidity, body, tannin, alcohol, flavors and finish.  This class will give you the tools necessary to thoughtfully assess any wine and form an opinion.

Save $60 and get guaranteed seating for this popular series of 4 wine tastings by becoming a member! 

Wed. Dec. 5· 7:00 p.m.

Setting the Standard : Master, Vins de Bourgogne Rouges

 Wed. Feb. 13· 7:00 p.m.

Setting the Standard : Advanced, Blind Tasting Games

 Wed. Apr. 18· 7:00 p.m.

Setting the Standard : Master, Vins de Bordeaux Rouges


 Scott Komplin has spent most of his professional career in corporate finance. In 2004, a corporate acquisition project placed Scott in the Sonoma Wine Country for months at a time and that is where his passion for wine began.  Now a certified sommelier, he has since spent the last 12 years travelling the Sonoma and Napa wine roads discovering brilliant wines, glorious vineyards and incredible producers. In addition to California, Scott has toured the gorgeous Okanagan wine region of British Columbia, Canada and has traveled all over the world to such destinations as Singapore, Russia, Finland, UK, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Australia discovering the wines and soaking in the local culture.

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