Durham Wine Tasting Series 2017


Orange is the New Red

April 24

Orange wine is our specialty at Bar Brunello. In fact, our wine list currently has the largest selection of Orange wines in the world! Orange wine is a unique style of winemaking that is quickly becoming popular among American wine drinkers. In this class guests will taste a selection of wines that exhibit the range of notes and flavors that are specific to Orange wine.

365 Days of Rosés

May 22

There’s often the misconception that Rosé wines are only for drinking during the spring and summer months. That’s just not true: Rosés can be enjoyed 365 days a year! This class will include a selection of varying styles of Rosé from distinct wine regions, including one highly unusual bottle.

Riesling Isn’t Always Sweet

June 26

Riesling is a varietal that’s often perceived as a sweet wine, but in this class guests will explore the many sides of Riesling. The class will include a selection of Rieslings from different areas of Europe, including dry Rieslings as well as mutations of the varietal.

Island Wine Hopping

July 24

It’s summertime and the drinking is easy in this class. Come explore a selection of wines from Santorini, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and The Canary Islands. The different soils of these islands – volcanic rock, iron, and sand – bring a unique complexity to the wines. This is one you won’t want to miss.

Bubble Trouble

August 21

If you love sparkling wine, then this is the class for you. The tasting selection will include a range of different styles of bubbles from floral sparkling Rosé, to bright Italian sparkling, to complex Champagne. One thing is for sure: sparkling is certainly a wine to be celebrated. Cin-cin!

Brunello To Brunello

September 18

Brunello is not only our last name – it’s also one of our all-time favorite wines. Known throughout the world as one of the most expensive and finely crafted varietals, this class will include selections of the best expression of Sangiovese in the world: Sangiovese Grosso from Montalcino in Tuscany. Most acclaimed for it’s structure, complexity, and texture this is a wine you must taste to believe.

Dessert Wine Candy

October 30

Trick or Treat – it’s a Halloween wine tasting party! Though sometimes perceived as syrupy, sweet wines can also offer complex notes, especially when aged. In this class, guests will taste a range of well-crafted dessert wines including versions that offer good acidity. Halloween costumes are encouraged!


November 13

In honor of #RawWineWeek we’ve added a November class! Raw wine is a process and philosophy of winemaking that involves organic and biodynamic agricultural practices. These wines are natural, artisanal products made without additives and with minimal interventions. Raw wine is vibrant, intense, complex and alive. This tasting class will include pours from the following natural wine producers:

Mirco Mariotti, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Nicolini, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Via Revolucionaria, Mendoza, Argentina

Partida Creus, Catalunya, Spain

Ampeleia, Toscana, Italy