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Back to the Basics

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 8:00pm

LC Center Room

It’s a buyers market in the wine industry. Wine quality and wine prices have never been better. In this introduction to wine appreciation, you will learn about the language and techniques of wine tasting and enjoy varietal wines from various wine-making regions of California. You will learn how to read a wine label and gather consumer tips for making your next wine purchase.


Tudo Esponal

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:00pm

LC Center Room

Spain has more acreage devoted to viticulture than any other nation in the world. With over 600 native varieties of grapes, Spain produces a vast diversity of styles that often confuse consumers. Most Americans are familiar with the Tempranillo of Rioja and Spanish cava has become a huge seller in the sparkling wine market. In this seminar, we will also explore the delicious whites of Rias Baixas, the elegant claret of Ribera del Duero, the long lasting reds of Priorato, the value wines of Calatayud, and a personal favorite, the Penedes wines of Miguel Torres.

Sing ups begin Thursday, March 10 at noon in the CAP Center


Norm Kiken Wine Tasting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 6:00pm

Terrace Room


Professor Grant Versus The Wine Spectator

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00pm

LC Center Room

Each year, Wine Spectator magazine publishes its “Top 100 Wines of the Year”. Based on quality, availability, and a variety of price points, this list navigates wine lovers through the sea of wine in the marketplace today. For this advanced tasting, Professor Grant will offer his own personal choices to match Wine Spectator’s Top 100 picks in varietal, region, and price. In a new format – the blind tasting in whic bottle labels are covered and the source of the picks remains unknown – the wine seminar participants will choose their favorite wines and decide if Professor Grant can sip the best.


November 28th, 2011

Professor Grant’s Picks: Cabernet Sauvignon

High-quality wines at reasonable prices… Professor Grant’s Picks for affordable bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from reliable producers (region is in parentheses).  Choices were announced at “Taste the Weather: Cabernet Sauvignon”, the advanced wine tasting on Tuesday, October 18. CHILE Viña Santa Rita Casa Real (Valle del Maipo, Central Valley) Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre (Valle del Colchagua, Central Valley) Miguel Torres (Central Valley) BORDEAUX Château Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc) Château Tayac  (Côtes de Bourg) WASHINGTON L’Ecole No. 41 (Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley) Château Ste. Michelle, Canoe Ridge Estate (Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley) Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve (Columbia […]

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November 28th, 2011

Hello Again

The official Above the Norm wine blog of the is up and running once again. We will cover the Wine Tasting Series, Professor Grant’s top picks for choice wines and bargain deals, and other wine-related topics such as the wine industry, climate concerns, varietals and years. Enjoy!

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April 30th, 2011

Critics Blind Sided At Tasting

It is typically the case that only during blind tastings are major revelations made. At this particular tasting there was also a major announcement that left the audience and critics dumb founded, but this was no blind tasting…

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April 13th, 2011

What an “A.S. Kiken” Wine Tasting!

To start with I want to give a huge thank you to Norm Kiken for an amazing wine tasting last week. We all had an amazing time, learned a lot, and were lucky enough to taste some incredible wines.

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April 3rd, 2011

Tinto Fino From Ribera del Duero

Two weeks ago now we had a wine tasting that was all about Spanish wines. I had been looking forward to this tasting for weeks and when it finally came, it did not disappoint.

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March 11th, 2011

Thoughts on Back to the Basics

Thank you to everyone who came to the Back to the Basics Wine tasting! 

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February 23rd, 2011

The Red Ribbon Cutting Post

Welcome to the Above the Norm Wine Tasting Series blog! This is the first of what I hope to be many posts on this site! I’m currently a senior at Bucknell and I volunteered to help with the wine series program and I love every second of it! I first started to get into wine over the summer of 2010. I picked up every book I could find, searched the web, conducted wine tastings with my family, and now studying wine has become the thing I love most. It is true that when I first started, I thought learning the […]

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