Wine tasting series starts next week at Herons

Posted by Andrea Weigl on May 14, 2014 

Herons sommelier Hai Tran will lead the wine tastings as part of Umstead Uncorked.

COURTESY OF THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s wine tasting series, Umstead Uncorked, starts up again next Thursday with South African wines.

Herons’ sommelier Hai Tran will lead a one-hour tasting for guests and guide them through four South African wines paired with complementary small bites by chef de cuisine John Childers. The event costs $40 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 919-447-4000.

Here are the rest of the events:

June 26: Discover great American wines for Independence Day celebrations.

July 31: Stuck in a wine rut? Participants will learn the nuances and flavor profiles of popular wines to guide them off the beaten path to discover new varietals.

Aug. 28: Wine Spectator magazine recently named Spanish Rioja “Wine of the Year,” making it an excellent time to dive into the world of Spanish wines.

Sept. 25: My Big Fat Greek Wine Tasting: Discover great tasting, often undervalued whites and reds made in a range of styles.

Oct. 30: Trick or Treat: Is blind tasting just a party trick or a useful tool? Tran will guide guests through the world of deductive tasting.

Nov. 20: Wines fit for a holiday feast.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is located at 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, theumstead.com.

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