The Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food and Culture has recently announced its Discovering Wine Series, a series of events hosted by local wine experts.

Gary The first session, Important White Varietals: Wishing for Springtime will take place Thursday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m. In the Wang Center on Stony Brook’s main campus and is being run by Gary Madden, general manager of Lieb Family Cellars, a LENNDEVOURS favorite Long Island winery.

Gary will be pouring a range of distinctive flavors in wines worldwide, demonstrating Pinot Blanc as both a sparkling and a still wine; comparing stainless steel and barrel-fermented Chardonnays from hot and cool climates, and exploring the influence of climate on Sauvignon Blanc.

These sessions are $55 (if you bring a friend, they pay $45). Sign up for three or more classes and the cost drops to $40 each (I think I’ll be doing that).

This is a great one to start with and I encourage anyone to check this one out. Gary is an absolutely great guy, and he’s beyond passionate and supremely knowledgable about wine.

Any guy who has a dogged named Petite Sirah is okay in my book.

To register for this or any other session, call Ginny Clancy at 631.632.9404

For the most part, these classes will happen on Tuesdays in Manhattan at Stony Brook’s branch campus and then Thursdays at the Wang Center.

I’m definitely going on February 3rd…hopefully I’ll see you there!