Whether it is a cork or a twist-top, three Rend Lake College Community Education courses will help you learn to create and appreciate your favorite spirits.
"Wine Appreciation for Beginners" will be offered at Pheasant Hollow Winery from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on three consecutive Mondays beginning January 26. Instructed by Bruce Morgenstern, the course costs $18 plus a supply fee.
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of wine and its uses, including wine history, basic stages of wine production and paring wines with foods.
A variety of wines will be tasted and discussed, and students will be asked to bring a wine of their choice to the second and third sessions. The class concludes with a fondue party and tasting.
For some, it may not be enough just to appreciate wine. "Wine Making for Beginners" is a course which meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through eight consecutive Wednesdays at Pheasant Hollow Winery. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the wine-making process and will make 24 bottles of wine to take home. Some sessions during the course may exceed class time depending on the speed of student work. This course costs $48 with an $85 supply fee.
Morgenstern also presides over "Beer Making for Beginners," which meets at the winery from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 23, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 1 and March 15, and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 22. The course costs $30 with a $75 supply fee.
The history, techniques and procedures for the creation of this popular beverage will be covered during the course. Students will make 24 bottles of beer, labeled with their own names, to take home at the end of the four sessions.