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Lifelong Learning serves up popular wine course again

“Wine in Three Parts,” a course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), made such a hit at its first appearance in Fall 2011 that presenters Beth and Warren Haskell have agreed to teach another class, featuring different wines, during the Spring 2012 semester. The three-session class, which celebrates the Haskells’ love of wine and of all things related to food and wine, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on January 26, and February 2 and 9 (Thursdays), at the Abingdon Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Gloucester.

The first session of the series will consist of a historic overview focusing on the question, “How did wine get to be what it is today?” The second session will cover white wines and the third red wines, both citing examples from around the world—“and not a Chardonnay or a Merlot among them!” say the Haskells. Each session will end with a wine-tasting and discussion, which will include strategies for buying wine and pairing wines with food. Wine lovers of all levels of expertise are welcome.

During their more than 40 years in the food and wine industry, Beth Haskell and her son Warren have traveled to many of the wine-producing regions of Europe, as well as those of the West and East Coasts of the United States. They chose to open their Kelsick Gardens in Gloucester Courthouse in 1992; it has recently been renamed Kelsick Specialty Market, and has moved to a new location on Main Street.

Advance registration, with tuition payment, is required to take RILL courses. The $55 payment for “Wine in Three Parts” covers both tuition and the wines featured in the tastings. For more information on this and other upcoming courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at the RCC Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

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