Country or State Region and Number of Days
Hill Country Wineries, 1-3
Napa Valley Wineries, 3-5
Sonoma Valley Wineries, 3-5
Napa & Sonoma Combined, 7-10
South Bay Wineries ( San Jose , Santa Crus, Monterey , Carmel , and Arroyo Seco), 5-7
Southern Central Coast Wineries (Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Barbara), 5-7
Columbia Valley Wineries, 5-7
Washington & Canada
Puget Sound and Vancouver Island , B.C., 5-7
Willamette Valley Wineries, 5-7
British Columbia , Canada
Okanagan and Simikameen Valley Wineries, 5-7
Long Island Wineries, 3-5
New York & Canada
Finger Lakes and Niagara Peninsula Wineries, 5-7
Chile & Argentina
Maipo, Rapel, Curico, and Maule, Chile...more
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Intro to Wine
A basic introduction on tasting techniques and how to discover wines that harmonize with your palate. 4 HRS
Dine with Wine
Learn how to order from a restaurant's wine list with confidence and without being intimidated by wait staff. 4 HRS
Building on the Basics
In depth discovery of the characteristics of varietals and styles of wines. 8 HRS
Shopping for Wine
Understanding wine labels and how to get extra value for your money. 4 HRS
French Wines and Labels
Learn about French wines and how to interpret their labels. 4 HRS
The German Wine Pyramid
Learn the pyramid of German wine quality and the differences between each level. 4 HRS
Chianti and Beyond
Discover the wines of Italy , the second largest producer of wine in the world. 4 HRS
Weigh Anchor for Port!
All Hands to the table and make ready for...more
Don't stress; let me assist you with hosting your next party.
Be it just a wine and cheese get together or a formal dinner party, I will be delighted to assist you and, or your chef in selecting the perfect wine to complement and exalt the chef's cuisine. I can pair selections from your own cellar, prepare a list of wines for you to procure, or I can procure the wines for you.
Wine Service -
I also offer my clients options for levels of wine service at their parties. I would be pleased to handle any portion of the details you select. I always enjoy the opportunity to educate guests on the wines being poured, but also understand that some occasions the host may prefer silent service, which I am also pleased to provide. I am able to provide professional wine servers for any size party. So, please don't stress over what wines to serve or the wine service at your next party.
Some basics to consider when planning an event:
How many guests do you anticipate?
How many wines (styles, type, number,...more
Welcome To My Blog.
John Loofs, member International Sommelier Guild, has earned both Level I and Level II Certifications. Combine this with his great love of all types of food and wine, and he is the perfect tutor and guide on your journey through the vineyards of the world. Read More
Check out John's past posts for insights to new wines or contact John and ask for suggestions within your favorite varietal.
Question: Ever wonder how many grapes it takes to fill a bottle of wine?
Answer: Each bottle of wine contains the juice from 500 to 600 grapes.
Question: How many glasses of wine are typically in a regular size (750ml) wine bottle?
Answer: Typically 5-6. One 750ml bottle is approximately 25 ounces. So, your server can pour 5 x 5oz glasses or 6 x 4oz glasses. The difference going to the host for tasting prior to service.
Question: How many calories are there in a glass of dry wine?
Answer: A 5 ounce glass of dry wine contains between 100 and 125 calories.
Question: How many gallons of wine will one ton of grapes produce?
Answer: One ton of grapes will produce approximately 120 gallons of wine.
Question: How long does it take for a newly planted vine to start producing useful grapes?
Answer: New vines usually take 3 years to produce grapes that are good enough to make into wine. And 5 years to reach full production.
Question: What is the productive lifetime of a grape vine?
Answer: Usually 30 to 35 years and then the yield starts to decrease. Vines may produce quality fruit for a longer period, but at lesser yields.
Check back regularly for more questions and answers. Need an answer to your wine related question? Drop me a note with your question and I'll answer it here in Questions and Answers. And remember, the only silly question is the one never asked.