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Terry Sullivan

Wine Trail Traveler Author Talks

Wine Tastings with Terry and Kathy Sullivan include:
      • 2-hour presentations
      • tasting of wines related to chosen topic

Choice of topics include:
      • Georgia, Sakartvelo, the Birthplace of Wine
      • The World of Cava
      • Myths and Misconceptions about Wine
      • Many Roads Lead to Wine Knowledge
      • Beginning Wine Class: How to Taste Wines
      • Others

Host provides:
      • Event space (home or community center room)
      • Guests (minimum of eight people attending)

Wine Trail Traveler provides:
      • Multimedia presentation
      • Wine tastings
      • Wine glasses

Cost:
      • Prices begin at $15 per person
      • Travel expenses for author talks and presentations beyond one hour
       drive of the Baltimore/Washington area.

Contact:

Terry & Kathy Sullivan 

Wine Trail Traveler
6578 Dovecote Dr.

Columbia, Maryland 21044

410-402-0217
email


2017 Presentations

Date Audience Topic
November 5 The Village in Howard Sparkling Wines for the Holidays
September 18 Oceania Insignia Sommeliers Birthplace of Wine
August 6 The Village in Howard Ancient, Old & New World Wines
May 21 The Village in Howard Noble Red Grapes
January 29 The Village in Howard Sweet Wines for the Sweet

2016 Presentations

Date Audience Topic
November 6 The Village in Howard Holiday Wines: A Teach And Taste Presentation
October 7 Northern Virginia Chapter AWS Birthplace of Wine
August 28 The Village in Howard Cool Wines for Hot Days
May 15th The Village in Howard New Zealand Wines
March 18th Scot's Glen Community Birthplace of Wine
March 3rd Welcome to Washington Birthplace of Wine
February 21st John Marshall Chapter AWS Birthplace of Wine
January 31st The Village in Howard Cava
     
     

 

 


Topics

Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of WineTopic 1: The Birthplace of Wine

Many wine enthusiasts have wondered at one time or another, where wine grape cultivation and winemaking began. Much of the research indicates that both winemaking and wine growing began in the land south of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Explore the wonderful story of the Birthplace of Wine. Learn about the country Georgia and the modern and traditional wines that are made today. Georgian traditional wines are made in qvevri buried underground. Qvevri winemaking is the only winemaking process that is on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The 90-minute presentation explores the birthplace of wine, appellation wines and traditional wines. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation. Guests can purchase an inscribed and signed by the authors copy of the book: Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine (retail 14.95).

 

 

 


Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of WineTopic 2: Stories and Anecdotes Surrounding Wine Words

Our fourth book is much more than a wine vocabulary book. Many of the terms also have stories or anecdotes. This presentation touches on some of those unusual stories and anecdotes surrounding a wine term. For example:
-How a Spanish town celebrates phylloxera, the dreaded aphids that destroyed many vineyards
-How ancient wine is produced in a qvevri
-How to clean your wine glasses
-How to pair a wine with chocolate
-Noble grape varieties
-Many others

The 90-minute presentation explores the stories and anecdotes surrounding wine terms. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation. Guests can purchase an inscribed and signed by the authors copy of the book: A Wine Lexicon: Increasing Your Knowledge (retail 19.95).



Topic 3: CAVA: Bubbles within Budget

There’s something inherently celebratory about effervescent wines!  For many of us, they also signal big price tags; however, Cava, Spain’s own more affordable sparkling wine is reasonably priced.  Spend an afternoon or evening learning a little about the wines of Catalonia, Spain and tasting examples of Cava.   

This 60 - 90 minute presentation explores the Penedes region of Catalonia, grape varieties, production, wine cathedrals and tasting different types of cavas.

 


A Wine Tourist's Guide: Visiting Tasting RoomsTopic 4: Myths and Misconceptions about Wine

Through our wine travels, we have heard of many misconceptions and myths about wine as reported by tasting room personal, winemakers and owners. Rarely we have also experienced misconceptions by tasting room personal. Learn about some of the common misconceptions and myths that people have about wine.

This 90-minute presentation explores some of the wine myths from around the world. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation. Guests can purchase an inscribed and signed by the authors copy of the book: A Wine Tourist's Guide: Visiting Tasting Rooms (retail $10.95).

 



A Wine JourneyTopic 5: Many Roads Lead to Wine Knowledge

There are many ways people can learn about wine. This talk explores the many different avenues that you can take to learn about wine, make wine and become wine travelers.

This 90-minute presentation examines what ordinary people can do to learn about wine while having fun. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation. Guests can purchase an inscribed and signed by the authors copy of the book: A Wine Journey (retail $12.95).

Knowledge of wine can come in many places and situations over the span of decades. Wine knowledge is interdisciplinary and the roads leading to that knowledge are different. One can take certificate programs that give some training to become sommeliers and wine stewards. Those types of programs rely heavily on the social sciences. In contrast, enology courses rely heavily on science and math. These are two different pathways both designed to increase one’s knowledge about wine. Several years ago Kathy and I decided that if we were going to write about wine, perhaps we should make wine. Making wine is another avenue to wine knowledge. The road that has most endeared us though is wine travel. One can travel world-wide and visit thousands of wineries and vineyards. This presentation explores the different roads that lead to wine knowledge.

 

 


Topic 6: Beginning Wine Class - How to Taste Wine

The human body's head is exactly in the order of evaluating and tasting wines. Use you sense of sight, smell and then taste to determine if a particular wine is right for you.

This 90-minute presentation teaches the steps of a structured wine tasting and why the steps are important. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation.

The presentation includes:
Vineyard variables
Winemaking variables
Government's influence
Structured wine tasting steps


Topic 7: How Old Is Old?

This presentation examines our preception of the concept of old. This talk explores many different situations where wine, wine grapes and winemaking practices may be considered old. Is a cantina built in the 1700s old? How about an unearthed qvevri that is 4,000 years old, is that old?

This 90-minute presentation explores the evolution of wine from ancient world, to old world and to new world. Only one winemaking technique is on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Participants will sample wines that pair with the presentation.


Potential Topics

Fruit wines
Sweet Wines
Ice Wines
Sparkling Wines for the Holidays
Ciders
Meads
Fortified wines
Ancient world wines, Old World wines and New World wines
Wine glass types
Red international grapevarieties comparisons
White international grape varieties comparisons

Wines of New Zealand
France - Burgundy
France - Bordeaux
Wines of Friuli, Italy
Wines of Tuscany - Italy
Wines of Umbria, Italy
Wines of Willamette Valley
Wines of Texas Hill Country
Wines of Walla Walla and Prosser, Washington
Wines of Napa Valley, California
Wines of Sonoma, California
Wines of Central Coast, California
Wines of Maryland
Wines of Virginia
Wines of New York's Finger Lakes
   


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