Level 3 Advanced Fortified Wines

Learn and taste all things fortified wines while meeting other wine enthusiasts and professionals.

Fortified wines are defined as any wine to which alcohol, usually in the form of neutral grape spirits, has been added to increase the final alcohol content of the wine – hence the name "fortified." 

 

Fortified Wines covered:

  • Sherry
  • Mistelle
  • Málaga
  • Montilla-Moriles
  • Vermouth
  • Marsala
  • Setúbal
  • Vin Doux Naturel (VDN)
  • Liqueur Doux Naturel
  • Port
  • Madeira
  • New World fortified wines

Topics covered:

  • Formal Sommelier service for fortified wines – including how to use Port tongs
  • Tasting etiquette for fortified wines
  • Professional, technical tasting techniques
  • The history and development of each major fortified wine style
  • Fermentation, distillation and production techniques
  • You will receive more than 400 pages of material, specifically designed for this course and taste about 60 different fortified wines, including older vintage wines

We highly recommend taking at least a Level 1 Wine Seminar before taking this advanced course. 
There is no difference in course content and instruction between the 10-week and 5-day courses.

Schedule of 10-Week Advanced Fortified Wine Course:

This 10-week course meets once a week for a total of 40 contact hours. Course fees are $1995, which includes registration fees, handouts, fortified wine, and instruction.

Register: Denver, CO - April 16 to June 18, 2020
Thursdays 6:00PM – 10:00PM ($1995)

Register: Denver, CO - October 15 to December 17, 2020
Thursdays 6:00PM – 10:00PM ($1995)

Schedule of 5-Day Intensive Study Advanced Fortified Wine Course:

This 1-week intensive study course meets from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM daily, Monday through Friday, for a total of 40 contact hours. Course fees are $1975, which includes registration fees, handouts, wine, lunch each day, and instruction.

Register: Denver, CO May 18-22, 2020
Daily, 9:00AM – 5:00PM ($2070)

Register: Denver, CO November 30-December 04, 2020
Daily, 9:00AM – 5:00PM ($2070)

PLEASE NOTE: If for any reason a class is cancelled we will phone or e-mail you 48 hours prior to the start of the class. If a class is canceled at the last minute due to bad weather (this is very rare) we will reschedule the class. However, if a class is held and you decide not to attend because you believe the weather is bad than it will be treated as a no-show. It is highly recommended that you register early, your credit card will not be charged until 7-10 days in advance of the course. We must have a minimum number of students registered in order to form any course. If you are traveling from out of town to attend, please do not make travel and hotel arrangements until two weeks in advance of the course.

More Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

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