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Experiencing Wine: Wine of Valpolicella

Designed for novice and advanced wine connoisseurs alike, our Experiencing Wine Series aims to help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the essential aspects of sensory evaluation that are often overlooked in most wine tastings. 

Wine of Valpolicella

Valpolicella is a wine-growing region in northern Italy, famous for its red wines.

This class will explore the wines of Valpolicella from the classic style to Amarone.

Learning how to classify wines into basic categories can help make your wine experience much more enjoyable. This knowledge can be beneficial, too, when speaking to someone about wines you like, are interested in tasting, or are considering purchasing.

 You will taste examples of the 5 levels of Valpolicella wine and learn about the special wine-making techniques used to make:

  • Ripasso
  • Amarone
  • Recioto

This course is taught by Oregon State University food scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, a foremost expert on wine sensory analysis and flavor chemistry.  

Wine Tasting in Corvallis and Portland

This unique workshop couples science with the senses, resulting in a richer tasting experience and comprehensive understanding of wine. Through lectures and guided tastings, you will discuss taste, mouthfeel, aromatics, spoilage and other aspects of the science of wine.  

Experiencing Wine - Wine of Valpolicella will be offered in Corvallis and Portland.

  • May 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. at OSU Corvallis Campus (tasting included). Must register by May 19.
  • June 3 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the OSU Portland Center (tasting included). Must register by May 27.

Whether attending in person or virtually, all participants must be 21 years of age or older. 

Corvallis: May 26 (6-8 pm)
Portland: June 3 (3 - 5 pm)
One day
Corvallis, Oregon
price (2)
In-Person: $75
Additional Information:
PORTLAND: Portland Center, 555 SW Morrison St Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204

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It did help me better understand and recognize aromas of wine. I believe it does help me in my profession by being able to better educate staff. I really appreciated the tangible aspect of the class and Dr. Tomasino was great. I really appreciated her passion for the content she was teaching. I would recommend this class and have done so with my peers. I hope there will be more class opportunities for additional wine topics offered. I really want to expand my knowledge and this class fit so well into my schedule and the content was fantastic.

Vicki Farris

I used the info and skills I learned in the tasting room and with my staff. It was great to practice the skills on different wines after the class. It was also fun to see the differences people tasted, and similarities. I could really see what was the most difficult for me to detect and what was easier. I thought the info was useful and worth taking the class. I thought the instructors were knowledgeable and really enjoyed the hands-on tasting learning.

Lauren Druse


Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino

Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino is an Associate Professor of Enology at OSU. She has had the opportunity to study the wine industry world-wide, including in Europe and New Zealand. Her research interests lie in wine sensory analysis and flavor chemistry. A main research includes determining relationships between sensory and chemical data, particularly those aroma compounds important for wine quality and regional differentiation.

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