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We're delighted to host bi-weekly wine classes with Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wine Director and Sommelier Erin Dudley! Dive into the intricacies and minutia of the local and domestic wine industry while enjoying a sampling of fine wines and accoutrements.

March 2

Wines of Washington State

Washington State is home to some of the most diverse growing microclimates and soils in the country. With volcanic and glacial geographical formations, winemakers are able to create wines of great depth, elegance and complexity.

Join us for a casual seated wine class where we will discuss the explosive history of the Washington State wine industry while trying some of our absolute favorite examples with our Wine Director, Erin Dudley, at Vermilion!

March 9

American Woman

Female Winemakers in the USA

We are celebrating Women's History Month at Vermilion by highlighting some of our favorite women winemakers and wine moguls of the USA! The United States wine industry is relatively young and entrepreneurial compared to the industries found in Europe, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is more progressive and inclusive. In 2020, only 14% of wineries in California had a lead female winemaker, and there is much progress to be made. However, many women in the US industry are powerful leaders producing some of the best wines the country has to offer.

Join us for a casual seated wine class where we will discuss the history of women in the domestic wine industry and taste some of our favorite representations from American Women with our Wine Director, Erin Dudley, at Vermilion!

March 16

Wines of the Southwest USA

Much of the United States Wine Industry's early history was located in the Southwest part of the country. As Spanish missionaries moved up from Mexico and Central America into through the Southwest and into California, they brought their vines and wines with them. These dry, sunny, and mountainous regions are actually perfect for growing fine wines. In fact, the hillsides of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico can be compared to some of the dry hills of Italy or Spain! Today, we are seeing a rejuvination of great wine production in this part of the country, and we can't wait to share what is happening there with you!

March 23

Wines of Oregon

Oregon is known for producing some of the most respected pinot noir wines in the country, but their story goes well-beyond just fantastic pinots. With volcanic soils aplenty and a dynamic climate, the wines of Oregon are varied and world-class! Innovations in sustainable farming practices and modern winemaking techniques have amplified this state's offerings and made for a wildly exciting wine topic!

March 30

Wines of Napa Valley

Much of the United States' modern wine success has been attributed to the formation of a fine wine region in Napa Valley in the 1970s. The Judgement of Paris was a monumental success for US wine, and showcased how our country could compete with those Old World wine regions in Europe. Today, Napa produces some of the most premium and sought after wines in the country. Let's get together and talk about why!

April 6

California's Central Coast

Central Coast is a large, diverse American Viticultural Area in California that is starting to truly differentiate itself with a clear style and flavor profile. Stretching from San Fransisco to Santa Barbara, this sunny region is a powerhouse for Pinot Noir and Rhone varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

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