The Sommelier Series will return in march 2023!
Ready to become a wine expert? Interested in learning more about the creation of Vineyard Grant James Wine? Or just hoping to be able to give more wine tasting feedback than "this one is white" and "this one is red"?
Join us as we welcome back a Vineyard favorite
Interested in more information for 2023?
2022 Sommelier Series
We will be joined by 4 certified Sommeliers who will spend Sunday mornings educating us on all things wine.
Price: Member- $30 per class or $100 for all four
Non-Member - $40 per class or $140 for all four
Classes will begin at 11am and run about 90 Minutes
Click here to reserve ALL 4 sessions or scroll down to reserve based on Sommelier.
February 27 | 11:00 AM
Ed Zarling Certified Sommelier (level 3)
Ed Zarling is a certified sommelier (level 3) with an interesting background. His main career has been in the field of medicine as an academic gastroenterologist and hospital administrator. During his career, he published about 60 peer reviewed medical articles, many with a focus on quality improvement. After retiring from clinical medicine, he started a second career traveling to nearly 40 counties to conduct hospital accreditation through the Joint Commission. Now, he teaches part time as a Professor of Medicine at a medical school in Chicago. In addition, he applies his passion for assessing quality into the field of wine, by reviewing California and Oregon wineries (with his daughter’s father-in-law) as reported at scwineryreview.com.
Most of the time, Ed lives in the Chicago area, but he is a “snowbird” to San Diego every winter and frequently during the rest of the year. He is the father of seven children (mostly in Chicago, but one in San Diego) and enjoys wine, travel, reading, and learning new things.
As a sommelier, he is likely to focus on practical topics such as how to detect flavors in wine, and how to make your wine purchase taste as good at home as it did at the vineyard. Be ready to go home with some useful lessons!
March 6 | 11:00 AM
Lindsay Pomeroy Master of Wine, BA, CWE, WSET Diploma, FWS
Lindsay Pomeroy grew up in an idyllic place in New Hampshire has an identical twin, an adorable niece and a very lively family. She began her career trek towards wine when she lived in Italy and attempted to teach English to Italians. She made lasting friends with Italians who taught her the art of espresso-drinking and chocolate-tasting (her other loves), and helped her develop an addiction to salami, which she has reluctantly given up as a newly minted vegetarian.
She loved Italy, but her passion for wine started in San Diego, California where she currently still resides. Historically more of a beach-and-beer town than a wine-drinker’s mecca, Lindsay has helped foster a community of knowledge-thirsty wine drinkers in San Diego throughout her 12-year tenure as the Chief Wine Educator and founder of Wine Smarties. Founded in 2006, The Wine Smarties is San Diego County’s first wine education company and Lindsay Pomeroy is the first and exclusive instructor for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and French Wine Scholar (FWS) in San Diego and Temecula counties.
Leading up to becoming an MW, Lindsay successfully earned her WSET Diploma, FWS certificate and Certified Wine Educator (CWE). Outside of wine, Lindsay loves to spend time with her colorful family and friends, go rollerblading, meditate and is a Shirdi Sai Baba devotee
More on Lindsay click here!
March 13 | 11:00 am
Lisa Redwine CMS Advanced Sommelier
Lisa Redwine brings a whole new level of food and wine knowledge to the San Diego community. Lisa passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Exam in 2010 and is pursuing her Master Sommelier certification. She is one of four women in San Diego to hold Advanced Sommelier accreditation. And having worked as a professional chef and general manager for some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, Lisa elevates the dining experience to an art form, where service, atmosphere, food and wine intermingle to form a feast for all the senses.
She brings with her multiple food and beverage certifications, including: Advanced Sommelier from Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Specialist of Wine from Society of Wine Educators, Certified Wine Professional and an AOS Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.
Lisa is a leader in the wine industry and in her hometown of San Diego, she has trained hundreds of individuals to become better beverage professionals. In 2006, she began teaching "Exploring Wine" in San Diego State University's Business of Wine Program. She has expanded her role at SDSU as she serves as an Advisor and teaches multiple wine classes each year. She has been involved for more than a decade with the San Diego Wine & Food Festival and serves as an advisor and Head Lead for SommCon USA. She is a wine judge for the San Diego International Wine Competition, Sommelier Challenge, Toast of the Coast and Lum Eisenman San Diego County Wine Competition. In 2011, after seeing a need for educational opportunities for women wine professionals she created the nonprofit organization, Women’s Wine Alliance. She currently serves as the organization’s President and leads seminars for its members.
March 27 | 11:00 am
Molly Brooks Level 3 Advanced Sommelier
Molly Brooks is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is WSET Level 3 Certified. She is also a French Wine Scholar and a Certified Cicerone. She holds a Master's in History from San Diego State University and a B.A. in History from Pitzer College in Los Angeles.
Molly has worked in several channels of the wine industry. She began her career on the ground floor, suggesting wine as a restaurant server. She’s worked her way up the industry ladder, from directing wine programs and working as a sommelier, to running a brick and mortar/online wine retail shop. Molly also hosts her own events through BarWeThereYet Consulting Services.
Molly Brooks has taught the Austrian/German Intensive Wine Course at SDSU Global Campus since 2016. Molly also works for Epic Wines & Spirits, a California based distribution company, where she sells wine and spirits from around the world to restaurants and independent retail establishments.
She’s always in pursuit of life’s gastronomic and intellectual pleasures!