Pacific Rim Wine Education Center
- Wendy Lai
Has anybody heard of this place? Taken the wine appreciation classes that it offers?
Some friends signed up for their beginner's class and asked if we want to join. For $145, I want to make sure it's a good deal.
I'm interested in taking a comprehensive wine class so I've been doing some research. What I've heard of the PacRim classes is that you're in Fort Mason with quite a few other people (read not intimate). I don't know if you have qualifications around what kind of class you're interested in but personally I was turned off the idea of the PacRim class because I'm looking for a setting with fewer participants. I'm interested in being able to talk with other classmates and to get their impressions. I don't think that PacRim is so conducive to this, outside of talking to the immediate people at your table. However, that's only something I've heard and don't have firsthand experience.
Here's a link to a post by Melanie about other offerings in the area. You may want to check out Rebecca Chapa's site. Her classes are the ones that actually interest me the most but I can't make the schedule. I've heard that she's an excellent instructor as well and the nice thing about her program is that you can pick and choose what you'd like to learn about.
I took a wine class last summer through UC Berkeley extension (SF campus), taught by Debbie Zacchareas (not sure if that's spelled right). She's the Wine Director at Bacar. Anyway, the class was great and well worth the time (10 weeks) and the money (though I admit it was pricey--about $350). She was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and did a good job of bringing in experts for in specific varietals...my favorite night was Zinfandels, when she brought in John (I think) Biale, from Biale Wines, and we tasted three of his zinfandels. Amazing--and I didn't even think I liked zin! Anyway, I'd definitely recommend it. At the end of the class she was planning to teach another one, this time pairing food and wines, which I thought would be outstanding (but cound't afford :( )