Master the World Wine Tasting: The New World - Northern Hemisphere - Kit Three

California’s Central Valley to Oregon with Professor Christie Dufault

This kit brings the taster on a journey from the vast vineyard lands of California's Central Valley to the thrilling wine regions of Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest. We start with top appellation of Lodi, where the category of zinfandel is the undisputed leader. Tasters then explore the nuanced wines of the cooler climates of Oregon. Exciting, vibrant wines of balanced acidities, Oregon's pinot gris, pinot noir, and cabernet franc, are stunning.

Please note that this course is only available for purchasers of the accompanying tasting kit.

Your Instructor

Professor Christie Dufault
Professor Christie Dufault

Christie Dufault is a professor of Wine and Beverage Studies at The Culinary Institute of America, teaching at the Greystone campus in the Napa Valley—and, this fall, will teach at the Hyde Park campus in New York.

Prior, Christie was the wine director for some of the nation’s finest restaurants including Gary Danko in San Francisco, where she was featured on the Food Network and earned the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. In 2003, Christie was named “Best Young Sommelier” by Wine and Spirits magazine. As lead sommelier at Quince Restaurant, Christie was awarded “Best Wine Director 2007” by San Francisco Magazine. In 2009, she opened RN74 in San Francisco, a Michael Mina restaurant. In 2012 Christie co-authored a cookbook, Two in the Kitchen, with her spouse, the writer Jordan Mackay. Her 2016 study of farmstead cheese and estate-grown wine was published in The Clever Root. The following year, she profiled the aperitif Lillet in the culinary literary journal Kitchen Work.

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