October 1, 2019 – The local wine and culinary community are coming together to help make sommelier Pablo Antinao’s dream of opening a wine school come true.
A party to launch the Monterey Wine School will take place on Saturday, October 12 at The Lab in the Carmel Barnyard and classes are expected to begin shortly afterwards.
Antinao hopes that through education local residents will be able to better appreciate and enjoy the outstanding wines available in our region.
“We have such a treasure here that is largely unknown and much more affordable than Napa Valley,” he says. “Even for local residents, we often don’t have the education to appreciate what we have here.”
Antinao, a native of Chile, was owner of Bakai Wine Bar and Tapas in Monterey and formerly manager of Sangria Wine Bar in Carmel Valley. He obtained his sommelier certification from the Spanish Academy of Sommeliers in Barcelona and is the author of the book Taste: The Secrets of Wine and Food Appreciation.
Joining him as instructors at the new wine school will be winemaker Miguel Lepe, chef Brian Kearns formerly of Quail Lodge and La Bicyclette, and sommelier Alicia Cuadra-Cutler, a teacher in the Cabrillo College culinary program.
Classes at the Monterey Wine School will be designed for the general public, rather than professionals, covering topics like How to Taste Wine Like a Pro, the Monterey County Wine Regions, California Wine Regions, Viticulture 1 & 2 and South American Wines.
Classes will take place at The Lab and at Trio Carmel, with occasional field trips to local vineyards. They will generally be held evenings and cost about $65.
To attend the launch party on October 12 RSVP on the Eventbrite page below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monterey-wine-school-launch-party-free-tickets-73698782041
Deborah Luhrman is publisher and editor of Edible Monterey Bay. A lifelong journalist, she has reported from around the globe, but now prefers covering our flourishing local food scene and growing her own vegetables in the Santa Cruz Mountains.