February 9, 2011
New wine tasting classes with Donal Smith

By Chris Macias, Bee Food and Wine Writer

Good news for those who've been looking to dabble and sip their way through some wine education. Donal Smith, known for his longtime stint in Corti Brothers' wine shop and tasting classes, is offering a new series of wine appreciation classes. You can learn the finer points of wine sensory evaluation, from aromatics to better understanding the flavor profiles of grape varietals. The goal, says Smith, is to make you a better wine consumer when it's time to buy a bottle or order off a wine list. And of course, having fun is perhaps the top priority here.

Smith will teach with a selection of wines from Beyond Napa Wine Merchants (2580 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; 916-481-8665) . Appetizers will be provided by Corti Brothers.

This class series will run on Wednesday nights from Feb. 23 - March 9, and will be held at Steel Magnolia (701 16th St., Sacramento). The cost is $35 for one class, or $89 for all three. Class size is limited to 35 tasters, so get signed up at 916-203-4641 or

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