The world of wine is rich in history and craftsmanship. Each bottle is the result of careful attention and planning. In fact, despite what wine snobs may think, no one person will ever know everything about wine. That’s crazy-intimidating – especially when you can’t seem to get that gosh-darn cork out of the bottle.
From our experience, most people are – secretly or not-so-secretly – completely lost when it comes to wine. Which, honestly, is a-ok…unless, of course, you’re staring down at the 800-page wine menu at your business dinner.
The Women in the Workforce committee presents “What Am I Drinking?” We want to supercharge your know-how so you can sip wine like a pro!
June is the official start of summer. So let’s quench our thirst and talk about a few wines that pair perfectly with summer barbecues and beach breezes. Serena, our wine educator for the afternoon, will guide us through wine tasting technique and the summery characteristics of Albariño, Grenache rosé, and Pinot Noir. Be sure to bring all your wine questions and a glass of one of these styles. Here are a few recommendations from Serena:
|Albariño||Grenache-based Rosé||Pinot Noir|
|Martin Codax||Minuty M Côtes de Provence||Martin Ray|
- 3:30-3:35pm | Welcome and Opening Remarks
- 3:35-4:35pm | Presentation “What Am I Drinking?” (includes fun audience interactive questions)
- 4:30-5:00pm | Breakout Networking Groups
About Our Sommelier:
Amid the 2005 Sideways craze, Serena Zelezny started working weekends in Santa Barbara-area tasting rooms looking to meet some cool folks. But she also developed an obsession – not just for tasting new wine, but also for learning about the history, the process, the winemaking techniques, and the winemakers’ stories. Serena has moonlighted in wineries, wine bars, and as a wine journalist ever since.
She is a certified specialist of wine and active member with the Society of Wine Educators, a 2020 Diploma in Wines candidate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and studying for her French Wine Scholar and Certified Wine Educator exams. She is also an adjunct wine instructor at Drexel University’s school of hospitality.
Serena has an MBA from Claremont Graduate University’s Peter Drucker School of Management and began her career as a journalist, PR, and marketing strategy professional in the higher education, food and wine, health, and lifestyle industries before succumbing to her passion for wine education.