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Brush Up on Your Wine Knowledge at Camerata

The Montrose wine bar is starting up its wine class series once again.

By Phaedra Cook March 18, 2015

This Saturday, learn about Pinot Noir from around the world at Camerata

Camerata is re-starting their weekend classes and wine fans will want to jump in before they sell out.

1834 Westheimer Rd.

Classes will run one Saturday a month for the rest of the year from 2 to 4 p.m., with three scheduled so far (and more likely to be added). The first one is this Saturday, March 21 and it’s called “Around The World With Pinot Noir.” April’s class will be all about Spanish wine and attendees will learn about ideal wines for summer in May.

Each class is $60 and taught by one of the best in the business: Camerata proprietor and Advanced Sommelier David Keck, who's been serving wine since he was 18 years old. He’s one of very few in Houston who just passed the first part of the exams needed for the Court of Master Sommeliers Master’s certification. At this, the highest certification level, the exams required are extremely rigorous; as such, there are only seven Master Sommeliers in Texas.

"The classes are really built for all different levels," says Keck. "Complete novices will gain something for sure, but aficionados will discover some and taste some fun wines. It will be a comparative tasting, so even those with wine experience will gain something from the class. The classes will span from basic information, like grape varieties, all the way to dorky technical info." 

A big part of Camerata's mission is to facilitate learning for both the general public and industry professionals.

Camerata has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes's travel blog, and Wine Spectator. Keck has been intensely interested in educating not only the public about wine, but fellow industry professionals as well. As such, the Montrose wine bar has become a sort of community hub for the industry, even going so far as to recently assist in establishing the Houston Sommelier Association. The Association hosts winemakers from around the world and sponsors tastings for its members nearly every week.

Camerata will be closed to the public during the classes to ensure there are no distractions from learning. Interested in attending? Check out the class schedule and sign up here.


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