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Experiencing Wine: Introduction to Wine Styles

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. 

Winter 2023 – Introduction to Wine Styles

There are many types of wine to be found and this can make purchasing and exploring very difficult due to the sheer number of options.

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 interesting in tasting, or are considering purchasing.

In this class, we will explore ten different wine styles and their unique characteristics, with a wine to taste for each style!   (wine tasting offered at onsite sessions only)

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, Portland or Online

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.  

Winter 2023 Experiencing Wine: Introduction to Wine Styles will be offered in Corvallis, Portland, and online: 

  •  $50 – March 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. at OSU Corvallis Campus (tasting included). Must register by March 3.
  • $50 – March 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the OSU Portland Center (tasting included). Must register by March 11.
  • $25 – March 16 from 6 – 7 p.m. Online lecture only (no samples provided). Must register by March 15. 

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

Corvallis option
March 10, 2023 (6 – 8 p.m.)
Portland option
March 18, 2023 (3 – 5 p.m.)
Virtual option
March 16, 2023 (6 – 7 p.m.)
One day
price (2)
Virtual (no samples): $25
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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