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Sip, Sip Hooray: Wine Tasting 101**Revised date

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. June 25, 2020

All you need is an internet connection to enjoy an educational and fun wine-tasting experience with Terricinia St. Clair (B.F.A.’98/A), owner of The Tipsy Sommelier. In this interactive, virtual wine tasting, sponsored by the African American Alumni Council, you’ll learn basic wine-tasting techniques, while discovering identifying characteristics of three of the six noble wine varietals, all of which can be purchased ahead of time at your local Total Wine store: Firebrand Chardonnay, Mina Mesa Cabernet and Dr. Heidermann’s Blitz Riesling.


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For the best experience, you will need:

  • A large, clean wine glass (stem preferred but stemless is OK)
  • White surface to view the color of the wines (this could be a white paper napkin)
  • Water to stay hydrated and to rinse your glass between wines
  • Dry, unsalted crackers to cleanse your palate between wines

If you want to pair your wines with food, try these recommendations:


  • Cheeses: Brie, goat cheese, Asiago, parmesan and/or gouda
  • Foods: Shellfish, poultry, salmon or curry

Cabernet sauvignon

  • Cheeses: Havarti, cheddar, (sharp or mild), bleu cheese and/or gorgonzola
  • Foods: Grilled beef, lamb, cured meat or dark chocolate


  • Cheeses: Havarti, bleu cheese, colby, baby Swiss and/or gouda
  • Foods: Spicy Asian dishes, smoked salmon, fruit (apples, melon, peaches), dessert


A link to the virtual event will be sent in your confirmation email.


Diane Stout-Brown