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We’re thrilled to offer our club members a one-of-a-kind wine experience at Brooks University 2016. From a seated blind tasting to plentiful food to prizes galore to special guest, Anthony Giglio, our club members and their friends are in for a real treat!

or call: 503.435.1278

(limited to 6 spots per club member)


Sunday, September 11th
1-4 pm
Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.

Exclusively for Club Members and their Friends

Blind Tasting – Old World vs. New World

The first two hours will be a seated tasting of high-end wines from around the world, lead by Winemaker Chris Williams (who we will tear away from his harvest duties) and the ever entertaining Anthony Giglio.

There will be twelve wines–6 flights of 2 wines each.  You will taste them blind.  One of each pair will be a wine from Brooks and one will be a wine from the old world similar in style to the Brooks.  They will be tasted, the similarities and differences of the wines and the regions will be discussed. At the end of each pairing, you will fill in your “test” sheet (yes this will look like the old scantron forms).  We will reveal the answers at the end.

The Lineup of Wines

We don’t want to reveal too much here, as that would spoil the surprise. Let’s just say that we have procured some of the finest examples of Old World wines including the 2014 Selbach Oster Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese and the 2013 Gevrey Chambertin Drouhin La Roze, just to name two.

Of course, we’ll have those Old World wines paired with a selection of Brooks wines. This lineup is sure to please both the palate and the brain.

The Food

pacos-boardEach of the blind pairings has been lovingly matched with a plate of bites that will energize your palate and allow you to discover even more about the wines.

And, just in case you can’t get enough of something, we’ll have a buffet table for you to stock back up and get more of what you love.



The Prizes

If you know anything about a Brooks club party it’s that we have a lot of fun. This year, we’re making things even more exciting with a boatload of prizes.

  • One (1) Pair of Tickets to 2016 Feast Portland – Smoked!
  • One (1) Pair of Tickets to 2016 Feast Portland – Grand Tasting (Friday)
  • One (1) Pair of Tickets to 2016 Feast Portland – Grand Tasting (Saturday)
  • Private Tour and Tasting of Brooks Winery with our winemaker Chris (for up to 6 people)
  • Six (6) Pairs of Tickets to next year’s Sunday Sommelier Series at Brooks
  • One (1) $100 Gift Card to Brooks
  • Two (2) $50 Gift Cards to Brooks
  • Five (5) $25 Gift Cards to Brooks
  • Ten (10) Gift Certifcates for Paco’s Plate (charcuterie at the winery)

In addition to the prizes above, we’ll be throwing around Brooks gear, GoVino glasses, corkscrews, coupons and more.

Anthony Giglio

If you’ve never heard of Anthony, you’re in for a real treat. He is one of the country’s premier wine writers and educators in addition to being one of the warmest and most engaging people you’ve ever met.In fact, I invite you to click the link to the video below of Anthony sharing his story at a The Moth event in Milwaukie. Yes, it’s 15 minutes but I guarantee you by minute 2 you won’t be able to turn it off. You can check out a bit more of his bio below.

Anthony Giglio is a wine and spirit authority. He is the author of ten books, from his first book, Cocktails in New York, to multiple editions of both the annual FOOD AND WINE MAGAZINE Wine Guide review of 1,000+ wines and Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide.

His humorous and insightful writing style can be read weekly in Detail’s Magazine’s “Food + Drinks” section, as well as in numerous articles for Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, New York, Esquire, Details, The New York Observer, Robb Report, Worth, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Parade. Giglio occasionally leads educational tastings and seminars and wine tours to Italy.

Click Here to see the video.

Brooks “Faculty”

  • Pascal Brooks, President, Brooks University
  • Janie Brooks Heuck, Dean, Brooks University
  • Chris Williams, Professor Emeritus, Winemaking & Woodworking
  • Heather Kirk, Professor Emeritus, Hospitality & Fun
  • Jess Pierce, Professor Emeritus, Education & Sommelier-ing
  • Anthony Giglio, Visiting Professor Emeritus of Wine Communications