Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

May 13, 2014

beer-tasting-eventThis is promoting a big business, but periodically we do patronize Whole Foods and this week we’re drawn to several wine tastings, a blind beer tasting, and “Vega Workshop:  How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet.”

Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8 p.m.: Jeffrey Cruz will be on hand representing Duckhorn winery and for $10 guests may try four different wines.

Thursday, May 15th, 6-8 p.m.:  James Willis, a certified Cicerone of Incline Beverages will walk guests through a blind taste test of four different beers, detailing the nuances of each type. $10 for a flight of 4 beers.

Saturday, May 17th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:  “Learn how to get started with clean, plant-based nutrition to boost your energy levels. Sampling of plant-based treats included.” Free event but space is limited. Rsvp at customer service desk or by emailing

Sunday, May 18th, 2-5 p.m.:  Legend has it that monks from Burgundy first brough Tempranillo to the Rioja area (in Spain) during their pilgrimages to Santiago di Campostella.…The Ribera del Duero appellation has given the world a better approximation of the potential of varietal Tempranillo wine.

The name Tempranillo derives from the Spanish word ‘temprano,’ meaning ‘early.’ The vine does nearly everything early—it buds and flowers early, and ripens by as much as 2 weeks earlier than Garnacha. (

Certified Sommelier Jay O’Leary will be on hand to introduce wines from this region, made with what is often called Spain’s most noble grape. $10 per person.


Whole Foods Market, 465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena 91105. For complete info, visit or call 626.204.2266.


Ribera del Duero is a wine-producing area in Castilla y Leon in northern Spain. The capital is Aranda de Duero, “which boasts a series of antique underground cellars (bodegas) built to store wine” (



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