Wine Appreciation Workshops

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Hosts “Iconic” Wine Appreciation Workshops

SOLD OUT - But please let us know if you are interested so that we can consider future workshops.

This spring the Cloverdale Arts Alliance will host a series of four wine appreciation workshops that focus on iconic wines from some of the most celebrated wine regions of the world.  The “Iconic” Wine Appreciation Workshops present a unique wine experience, even for the seasoned wine country denizen. This fun, educational and interactive four-session workshop explores varietals, regions, methodology and more!  All levels of wine expertise are welcome. The setting will be small, intimate, casual and welcoming. 

The workshops will be held on April 13, April 27, May 11 and May 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 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 subject, 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 worked 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 13 years.

Mark is a seasoned veteran of kick-ass 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 13th – “Cult” Russian River Pinot Noir
  • Thursday, April 27th – Côte-Rôtie (Northern Rhone)
  • Thursday, May 11th -  Viognier Around the World
  • Thursday, May 25th -  Right Bank Bordeaux 

The cost for the entire series is $180 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members; $200 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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