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Experiencing Wine: Wine and Chocolate

Mark your calendar for our upcoming Experience Wine workshops in Corvallis and Portland!

  • Sparkling Wine: It’s More than Champagne – early May 2024
  • Exploring Viognier – late July 2024
  • Red Winemaking: From Vine to Wine – mid October 2024

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. 

Experiencing Wine: Wine + Chocolate

Wine and chocolate both have complex flavor profiles and unique mouthfeels.

While frequently consumed alone, finding the perfect pairing will elevate your chocolate and wine to new heights.

In this tasting, you will learn about the differences in chocolate and why they pair with certain types of wines. Your senses will be treated to pairings that include:

  • Dessert wines
  • Dry styles wines
  • Several types of single origin chocolate
  • The newest chocolates, ruby and blond

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 + Chocolate

  • Wednesday, February 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. at OSU Corvallis Campus (tasting included). Must register by February 7.

  • Saturday, February 17 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the OSU Portland Center (tasting included). Must register by February 10.

All participants must be 21 years of age or older. 

Corvallis: February 14, 2024
Portland: February 17, 2024
One hour
Corvallis, Oregon
price (2)
In-Person: $55
Additional Information:
PORTLAND: Portland Center, 555 SW Morrison St Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204 o

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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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