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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:02 am

Unwined Café in Ahwatukee has partnered up with Wine Brix to enlighten the community about wine with its wine education sessions.

The Wine Brix program is geared for people who are passionate about wine and for those who are interested in brushing up on their education of wine for their career in serving, catering, event planning and those entering the wine industry.

Wine sessions are stretched throughout a three-week period, which includes an introduction to wine for participants to have a foundation for understanding what they’re tasting; how and why some wines are considered sweet and others dry; why winemakers blend different grape varietals; how weather conditions change the taste of the wine; and how types of fermentation influence wine.

Mike McGuian, director of education, said the classes are meant to be educational but also a fun experience.

The program begins with the basics of wine, with each topic building upon the previous, creating a well-equipped curriculum for wine.

“They all build upon each, so by the end of it, you have a complete understanding of red and white wine, champagnes, etc.,” McGuian said. “It’s a really fun environment, and we’ve been successful throughout the years.”

McGuian, an Ahwatukee resident, decided to have the three sessions at Unwined Café because he wanted to keep the event local.

“It’s a wine bar, they have a focus on wine and it’s a perfect vehicle to get people there,” he said.

The first session of white wine will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Unwined Café, 1334 E. Chandler Blvd. Each session is $20 (all three sessions are $50) and include a complete wine reference book, premium wine tasting, prizes and a diploma.

For additional information about the wine education sessions, call (602) 330-4137.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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