My philosophy is simple; Wine Education should be fun and entertaining, and that is how I present my classes. I have been teaching wine classes for over six years, in people's homes and at locations all over California. I am a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators.
We can provide your business meeting, group or party with a tasting or class covering any wine region in the world or a pairing class covering food, cheese or chocolate. Follow Kirk on his blog Wine-A-Palooza or on Facebook Wine-A-Palooza Inc.
Expect to learn about wine; the history, how it is made and everything in-between, but with a good sense of humor and lots of fun! We can be as complex or as simple as you want and we can cover any region of the world from Napa to Spain, Champagne to New Zealand. We can present it as a casual walk around serving, a tasting paired with food or a full-blown PowerPoint presentation, your choice. We work with you on all the details of the event to ensure everyone has a great time.
Short Wine Presentations: Making your next meeting a success!
Wine-A-Palooza will make your next meeting a success by adding a short, half-hour wine tasting as a reward for staff or to make the next sales presentation a winner. We can tailor any of our popular wine classes to give you an added element to your next gathering that will keep them coming back for more!
Full Wine Classes: The perfect pairing for your next party!
Yearning to know more about your favorite region? What cheese goes best with Zinfandel? Want to learn the secrets of wine professionals? Then schedule a full 90-minute class from Wine-A-Palooza. We give you all the information and deliver it in a fun, relaxed environment. Choose from one of the suggested themes or we can tailor one to your special event.
One of our most popular courses, features wines from the most famous regions in California. We'll sample a variety of red and white and sparkling wines from Napa Valley to Sonoma, Amador County, the Central Coast and more, along with the history of California winemaking.
From Champagne to Provence, Burgundy and Bordeaux, Wine-A-Palooza takes you on a tour of the most famous wine regions of France. We will learn about the ‘terroir’ that makes each region unique and sample examples of the great wines of France.
Learn the basics of wine making, grape growing and learn to taste wine like a pro. Wine 101 will help the beginner, the novice wine student and the sophisticated palate get more out of their next trip to wine country or visit to the neighborhood store and help you order confidently in restaurants.
How good are your blind tasting skills? Find out as we break-down and evaluate wines just like a Sommelier to deduce the grape, style and origin of wines from around the world and just up the coast of California. Tap into your inner Sherlock to uncover the wine in the plain brown bag!
One of the great American wine regions, the Pacific Northwest delivers world-class wines. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are just some of the wines covered in this popular class.
The most famous wine region in the world; Bordeaux! Wine-A-Palooza examines and explains Bordeaux from great red and white wines to dessert wines that are coveted the world over.
All that sparkles is not Champagne! Learn the difference between Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more as we taste our way through some of the great sparkling wines of the world.
Park your Vespa at the curb as we tour the top Italian wine regions of Piedmont, the Tre Venezie and Tuscany, with a few stops along the Appian Way. Great reds, whites and sparkling wines and perhaps a dessert wine to serve with our biscotti!
From the vineyards that grow the grapes destined for Port to the dusty plains of Spain, Wine-A-Palooza will give you an overview of the famous wines of Spain and Portugal. Reds, whites, sparkling and dessert wines that are famous the world over.
A voyage from the high-altitude Mendoza to the lush valleys of New Zealand with stops in Australia, Chile and South America along the way. Southern Hemisphere Wine opens a whole new world of grapes and wines to you.
Exploring the wine regions of France, Italy and Spain, but also covering Germany, Austria and Greece, Wine-A-Palooza’s Euro Trip gives you a sampling of old-world wines with no passport necessary. Some favorites and new tastes await on this European voyage.
For a picnic or for a formal dinner, cheese with wine is the ultimate pairing, but with a myriad of choices, what wine goes best with what cheese, and why? Wine-A-Palooza explains all in this class that blends history, geography and wine, with a little cheese!
Chocolate goes great with wine, but find out why and explore all the different combinations in this very popular class. From dark chocolate to raspberry filled, milk chocolate and white chocolate, explore the wonderful taste combinations!
Are you far away from a shop that sells brie or is your 7-11 fresh out of that fig jam you love? Not to worry as Wine-A-Palooza presents Truck Stop Wine Pairings, combining the wines you love, with snacks you can find off the interstate. From jerky to cheese puffs, chips to gummy bears, this course, formulated off US 75 in Oklahoma delivers the goods, with fun to boot!
Can you pair Halloween treats and wine? Of course you can! Wine-A-Palooza presents a fun pairing of traditional Halloween snacks and candy with wines that will not scare you!
Kirk is an amazing wine instructor! Kirk knows what he's talking about! He's informative and well educated. Understanding wine can be a complicated thing. However, Kirk knows how to make the information sensible to the average person. He's funny and is instantly likeable. He's willing to answer any question, and makes the wine experience enjoyable for all. I look forward to many more classes with Kirk!
Kirk has presented several wine-tasting events for us. He is a consummate professional. He brings the glasses and spit buckets and sets everything up in advance. He's a great presenter who knows how to mix just the right amount of facts with the tasting. Attendees come away smiling and having learned something interesting.
We love the classes that Kirk teaches. Not only does he have much wine knowledge to pass on, he makes it so fun doing just that!