Wine Appreciation Workshops

Will Return Again in 2020

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Hosts “Great Wines of the World” Wine Appreciation Workshops

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance has announced its next series of wine appreciation workshops. These workshops present a unique wine experience, for novices as well as seasoned wine lovers. This fun, educational, and interactive four-session workshop explores varietals, regions, tasting methodology, and more! All levels of wine expertise are welcome. The setting will be small, intimate, casual and welcoming, with individually curated wines that are guaranteed to surprise and delight!

The workshops will be held on April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery, located at 204 North Cloverdale Blvd.

Each tasting session will feature a selection of world class wines from the famous to the obscure, information on the week’s subject, a small cheese and/or charcuterie plate paired to that week’s wines, a mock wine “competition,” and a whole lot of fun.

Your hosts will be Cloverdale wine geeks Christopher O’Gorman, of Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Mark Tharrington of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance.

Chris has been swirling, sniffing and spitting (most of the time) since 1986 when he got his first winery job in the Dry Creek Valley. After graduating from Healdsburg High and U.C. Berkeley, he started in wine sales, followed by long stints at E. & J. Gallo Winery, Merryvale Vineyards, Paul Hobbs and, currently, Rodney Strong Vineyards. Chris has been judging wine internationally for the past 15 years.

Mark is a veteran of popular wine, food and music events too long to list. He currently produces Cloverdale’s popular Friday Night Live concert series and is Executive Director of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance.


 Thursday, April 11th – Pinot Noir shootout (California vs Oregon)

 Thursday, April 25th – Barolo

 Thursday, May 9th – “Iconic” Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

 Thursday, May 23th - White Burgundy

The cost for the entire series is $200 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members; $220 for non-members. Space is limited and anticipated to fill up quickly. For more information and to sign up, visit or contact Mark Tharrington at


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