Wine Appreciation Course
Wine Appreciation Course
Now after 39th year. Retired.
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- Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
- Over 39 years teaching experience
- Conducted 27 Wine Tours
A heartfelt thank you, to all the many, many people who have enrolled in my wine appreciation classes. (Since 1976) Or who signed up for my wine tastings. Also the ones who joined my wine trips. Going back to 1985. Lastly, the ones who just wanted to enjoy good wine!
Feel Free to contact me at any time
Located in Yardley, Bucks County, PA.
I have instructed over 3,200 students, sampled over 35,000 wines (Parker has tasted 350,000) and toured over 325 wineries and vineyards in 20 countries on 5 continents.
After teaching the wine class for 30 years for Neshaminy Adult Education, Inc., they went out of business. The class
however continued, at several new locations with a few changes. The class continued with the Pennsbury Community School presented by the
Pennsbury School District.
Nine week course, (Plus Optional Champagne Party) covering winemaking, label language; a mastery of the presentation
and serving of wines; and judging for appearance, aroma, bouquet and taste. The class learned how to choose and store wines.
Also decanting wines, Port tongs, Vintage Port and of course Sabrage.
The class has covered tasting wines from the major wine areas of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada,
South Africa and USA. Blind tastings and much more.
- Optional Wine tastings
- Optional field trips
- Optional Champagne Party
- Past wine tours with students included California (over 50 AVAs), Virginia (2 AVAs), New York (3 AVAs), (Europe 21 trips) Champagne, Bordeaux, Cognac, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Loire,
Bergerac, Rhone, Languedoc, Provence, Jura, Savoie, Monaco, Switzerland, Austria, Spain (15 DO's), Portugal (6 DOC's), Mosel, Rhine, Franken, Main, Neckar, Nahe, Italy, 15 of the
20 Wine regions (7 trips), San Marino, Greece, Corfu, Santorini, Croatia. Plus wine tasting in Czech Republic, Turkey, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco.
(My You Tube interview on the PLCB 18%, Johnstown Flood Tax)
Wine Shipping Laws, State by State.
The new Bucks County Dining Club website.
The Bucks County Romeo Club website
The Book Club website
Spring 2018 Semester begins Feb. 28th. - New Day - Wednesday, Time 6:45 to 8:45.
The Easy way to Register for Spring 2018 semester.
Go to the registration website.
Enrollment is now Closed.
You may pay on line with: or mail in a check.
To register for other Pennsbury courses, go here, then click on
Community School Registration.
For more information contact Pennsbury Community School.
Calendar of Upcoming Events.
| Wine Links For Vintage Charts, Wine Laws, Wine Maps, Wine Magazines
and other useful wine information.
Please e-mail me if any of these links are down.
Wine class history. In the past, our classes have been held at: Carl Sandburg Middle School, Parkland Fire house, Bolton Mansion,
Hulmeville Fire House, Langhorne American Legion, Wild Violets Tea Garden Cafe, Yardley Makefield Fire Company and finally McCaffrey's Supermarket (Meeting Room).
Spring 2011 Sabrage and
Spring 2012 on
Fall 2012 see 1006 & 0995 Six more videos, thanks to Dennis Ferry. 1 2
3 4 5
Spring 2013, youtube videos, thanks to Dennis Ferry. 1
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Get the latest Google Wine News
Check out The Internet Wine Guide.
How to taste wine Page.
Some interesting wine facts and quotes here.
A list of all the states Liquor Laws.
Past Class Pictures Below Final night you tube Tribute. Courtesy of Dennis Ferry.
Port Tongs & Decanting/You Tube
2018 Super Tuscans with out Sangiovese CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.
High End Champagne Tasting
2017 A sampling of older Bordeaux Greats.
2017 Bastille Day
2017 A Study in Syrah
2017 High End Italy
Calif. High End Cabs.
2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape re-visited.
2016 Bastille Day Party
Eclectic Paso Robles
2005 Bordeaux Horizontal
2016 Justin Isosceles Vertical Tasting
2015 Barolo Tasting
2015 Amarone Tasting
2016 A Fine Wine Dinner
2015 Pinot Smackdown.
2014 The very best of the Rhone.
2014 Best of Old & New World Cabs.
2014 Angelo Gaja Tasting
2014 Dessert Wine Tasting
2013 Bordeaux 2008 Horizontal Tasting
2013 Bastille Day Party
2013 Styles of Burgundy,
2013 Australian Triple Vertical,
2013 The top Cult Super Tuscans
2012 Top California Cabs. of the 90's.
2012 Wine blending contest.
2012 Sin with Zin Party
2012 Barolo Tasting
2012 Grand Cru Bordeaux Tasting
2012 2001 Calif. Horizontal Tasting
2011 Amarone Tasting
2011 Don Melchor Tasting
2010 Brunello Di Montalcino Tasting
2010 Flora Springs Tasting
2016 Southern Caribbean Cruise
2010 Big Bottle Party
2015 Northern Sonoma Field Trip
2010 Grand Cru Burgundy Tasting.
Eastern Caribbean Cruise
2010 Cims de Porrera, Classic, Vertical.
2014 North Fork Field Trip
2009 Barolo Tasting.
2014 NOLA & Western Caribbean Cruise
2009 Dry Creek, Mini Tasting
2013 Virginia Wine Tour, field trip.
2009 Bastille Day Celebration
2013 Winter Southern Caribbean Cruise
2009 A Blind Pinot Noir Tasting
2012 Paso Robles Field Trip
2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting
2012 Winter Caribbean Cruise
2009 Red Carpet Dinner
Tuscany & Umbria Tour
2009 (2003) Bordeaux Horizontal Tasting
2011 Winter Cruise & Florida
2008 (1997) Italian Horizontal Tasting
2010 Mexican Riviera & Temecula Tour
2008 Bastille Day Celebration
2009 Eastern Mediterranean Tour
2008 Turley Wine Cellars Tasting.
Sideways Wine Tour , Santa Barbara
2008, Oldies Great Cab. Sauv. Tasting
2007,Spain & Portugal Tour 2007, Dehlinger Vertical Tasting
2006 winetour in France.
2007,Bastille Day Celebration
2005 winetour in California.
2007,Burgess Vertical Cab. Tasting
2005 winetour in Avellino, Campania Italy.
2006 Bastille Day Celebration
2003, Steltzner Melchior
2001, Sterling Vineyards, Vertical Tasting
Teaching my granddaughter Sabrage.
Teaching my grandson Sabrage.
See new Wine & Food Matcher, at bottom of page.
Try Total Wine Cherry Hill, NJ
Save the sales tax. Total Wine Claymont, DE
ShopRite Liquors, 3161 Quakerbridge Rd., Mercerville, NJ
Gary's Wines Many with free shipping.
Glendale Liquors, 4040 Quakerbridge Rd., A good stop for value but no website.
I have dealt with Hooked on Wine for years. Wine shipped right to your door.
Great stoe in Flemington with some free shipping. Central Wine Mershants. ||
This California company has reasonable prices and ships to PA Brix 26
And here Wine Express
Good prices but Wine Library, located in Springfield, N.J. now delivers to PA.
If you feel you really must. PLCB's Chairmans Selection
Need some cheese to go with that wine? The best in the Italian market or delivered at home. DiBruno Bros.
Forgot our web address? Just go to Google, Bing or Ask.com and type in: billvalerie.com
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2015 Fall Semester
Celebrating our 15th on Champagne Night.
Cheers, Alla Salute, A Votre Sante, Prosit!
"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne." --- John Maynard Keynes
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." --- Mark Twain