Wine Appreciation Course

Wine Appreciation Course

Now in our 39th year.   77th Semester.                            

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  • Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
  • Over 38 years teaching experience
  • Conducted 20 Wine Tours

For the spring 2015 semester I will be assisting your new instructor, Chris Scheid. Contact Chris at

  • Located in Yardley, Bucks County, PA.
  • I have instructed over 3,100 students, sampled over 30,000 wines and toured over 290 wineries and vineyards in 20 countries on 5 continents.
  • After teaching the wine class for 30 years for Neshaminy Adult Education, Inc., they have gone out of business. The class however has continued, at several new locations with a few changes. I am pleased to announce that the class is now in it's ninth year, with the Pennsbury Community School presented by the Pennsbury School District.
  • Nine week course, (Plus Optional Champagne Party) covering winemaking, label language; a mastery of the presentation and serving of wines; and judging for appearance, aroma, bouquet and taste. The class will learn how to choose and store wines. New this semester, more emphasis on food and wine pairing. Also decanting wines, Port tongs, Vintage Port and of course more Sabrage.
  • The class will be tasting wines from the major wine areas of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and USA. (Wines to change every semester.) Blind tastings and much more.
    • Optional Wine tastings
    • Optional field trips
    • Optional Champagne Party
    • Past wine tours with students included California (over 41 AVAs), Virginia (2 AVAs), New York (3 AVAs), (Europe 21 trips) Champagne, Bordeaux, Cognac, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Loire, Bergerac, Rhone, Languedoc, Provence, Jura, Savoie, Monaco, Switzerland, Austria, Spain (15 DO's), Portugal (6 DOC's), Mosel, Rhine, Franken, Main, Neckar, Nahe, Italy, 15 of the 20 Wine regions (7 trips), San Marino, Greece, Corfu, Santorini, Croatia. Plus wine tasting in Czech Republic, Turkey, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco.
    • Recent wine tours: 3/26/05, Campania, Italy. 8/9/05, Napa & Sonoma. 5/17/06 France, Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Champagne.
    • 5/16/07 Central and northern Spain, Douro and Porto, Portugal. May 14th, 2008 "Sideways Trip" Santa Barbara County.
    • 6/6/09 Booze Cruise, starting in Venice, with wine tastings in Croatia, Greece, Santorini, Corfu and Turkey.
    • 1/2/10 Cruise + Wine, Nine day cruise of Mexican Riviera. Return to San Diego and explore S. Calif.'s, Temecula AVA.
    • 1/24/11, 12 day Central & South American Cruise w/ Lafite Wine Tasting. (Aruba, Colombia, Through Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Caymans, Ft. Lauderdale - followed by 4 days Key West)
    • 6/18/11, 10 Day trip to Tuscany & Umbria.
    • 1/27/12, 11 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise. (Puerto Rico, Haiti, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. John)
    • 6/30/12, (Field Trip) 7 day Wine Tour of Paso Robles Wine Country.
    • 1/13/13, 12 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise (Antiqua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba + Ft. Lauderdale)
    • 6/30/13,   (Field trip) 6 days Virginia.
    • 1/14/14   Another 8 day Winter Cruise, after 4 nights in New Orleans.
    • 7/15/14 (Field Trip) North Fork, Long Island, NY.
    • 1/6/15   10 Day Winter Cruise.
    • 4/11/15   (Field Trip) 8 days, Northern Sonoma.
    • 1/3/16   12 Day Winter Cruise.

                                    (My You Tube interview on the PLCB 18%, Johnstown Flood Tax)                                                  

                                                        Wine Shipping Laws, State by State.



  • Spring 2015 Semester begins Feb. 26th.
  • The Easy way to Register for Spring 2015 semester.    
  • Go to the registration website.   Enrollment is now OPEN.  
  • You may pay on line with: or mail in a check.
  • To register for other Pennsbury courses, go here, then click on Community School Registration.
  • Find out about seniors 62 and older discount.
  • For more information contact Pennsbury Community School or myself at: Click on Bacchus.
  • Spring 2015, registration is now open.
  • You MUST be 21 years of age to attend wine course and provide ID if requested.
  • Spring semester classes begin on Thursday, Feb. 26th, 2015.
  • Register on the First Night of Class, only with the instructors permission. - IF THE CLASS HAS NOT BEEN FILLED
  • Bring a (clear) wine glass starting the first night.
  • Classes are from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Note new time.
  • Approx. Cost $85 administrative fee, plus $90 materials fee.
  • Checks for the administrative fee made out to: Pennsbury Community School, checks for materials fee made out to: Chris Scheid.
  • Fee must accompany registration. Registrations will be accepted in the order received on a first come, first served basis.
  • No receipts are mailed. You are automatically enrolled unless you are notified otherwise.
  • Fees are non-refundable and applicable to the current semester only.
  • Guests may be permitted only with prior permission and after guest fee ($20) has been paid. Guest fees are not refundable.
  • Students must bring clear wine glasses with them to all classes.
  • Please silence cell phones during class. Take your calls and your texting outside.
  • No soliciting in class or outside of building.
  • All students will receive diplomas at end of semester.
  • Special tastings will be offered at additional cost.
  • New Spring 2015 Special Tastings Page
  • Prizes for Spring 2015.
  • Location.
  • All classes will be held at the "McCaffrey's Supermarket" (2nd Floor), 635 Heacock Road, Yardley, PA 19067.
  • Enter store. Steps and elevator, to meeting room, are on right.
  •   See Yahoo Map for location and directions.

    Day:Thursdays, time: 7 to 9pm and location for Spring 2015 Semester. Upstairs at McCaffrey's, supermarket.

  • Spring 2015 Schedule- 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 Champagne Night 4/30
  • Enter through stores front entrance, turn right for elevator and stairs to our meeting room.

                        Course Syllabus for Spring 2015

  • 1st Night - Introduction, explain and collect materials fee, Wine and tasting terminology.
  • 1st Night - Old world white wines.
  • 2nd Night - The Wines of Bordeaux (Left & Right Bank) See Demystifying Bordeaux.
  • 3rd Night - The Wines of the Rhone See Wines of the Rhone.
  • 4th Night - The Wines of Spain and Portugal (Demonstration of the use of Port Tongs + Decanting Wines) Example on You Tube.  
  • 5th Night - The Wines of Italy -
  • 6th Night - The Wines of South America
  • 7th Night - The Wines of Australia and New Zealand  
  • 8th Night - The Wines of California & Northwest See Discover Calif. Wines.
  • 9th Night - Blind Tasting (Six wines tasted in earlier classes. Now tasted blind.)
  • 10th Night - Optional Champagne Tasting - Explore the differences between French Champagne and ?. Once again, we will feature "Sabrage".   The art of sabering on You Tube.

  • CLASS MEMBERS - E-Mail me anytime with your wine questions. I will try to respond ASAP.

  • Wines for the Spring 2015 semester are listed here.  

  • Pictures of the wines for Spring 2015 here.    

    Calendar of Upcoming Events.

    Check in with Bill's Wine Blog (Valentine's Day, Pinot Smckdown, Feb. Dining Club)

    Click to review past class tasting notes.   2015 - Plus tasting notes from the past twenty one semesters.

    For Vintage Charts, Wine Laws, Wine Maps, Wine Magazines and other useful wine information.

    Please e-mail me if any of these links are down.

    Wine class history. In the past our classes have been held at: Carl Sandburg Middle School, Parkland Fire house, Bolton Mansion, Hulmeville Fire House, Langhorne American Legion, Wild Violets Tea Garden Cafe, Yardley Makefield Fire Company and finally McCaffrey's Supermarket (Meeting Room).

    To see a wine class tradition, click the icon.   Spring 2011 Sabrage and Spring 2012 on

                    Fall 2012 see 1006 & 0995 Six more videos, thanks to Dennis Ferry. 1 2 3 4 5 6

                Spring 2013, youtube videos, thanks to Dennis Ferry. 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8

  • Antonio Galloni reviews here.
  • Get the latest Google Wine News
  • Check out The Internet Wine Guide.
  • How to taste wine Page.
  • Some interesting wine facts and quotes here.
  • A list of all the states Liquor Laws.

  • Free The Grapes is a national, grassroots coalition of consumers, wineries and retailers who seek to remove restrictions in states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from wineries and retailers.
  • Protect Place is a group trying to keep place names like "Napa" and "Champagne" from being missused and protecting consumers. In recent months the "TTB" has implemented policies that protect brand interests over those of wine regions or, more importantly consumers.

                                                                                      Class Pictures Below     Final night you tube Tribute. Courtesy of Dennis Ferry.

                                                          Spring '12     Fall '12     Spring '13     Fall '13     Spring '14     Fall '14     Spring '15


    Sat., April 21st a bakers dozen of the finest Amarone ever produced. E-mail me to reserve a seat on the wait list.

  • 2015 Amarone Tasting
  • 2015 Pinot Smackdown.
  • 2014 The very best of the Rhone.
  • 2014 Best of Old & New World Cabs.
  • 2014 Angelo Gaja Tasting
  • 2014 Dessert Wine Tasting
  • 2013 Bordeaux 2008 Horizontal Tasting
  • 2013 Bastille Day Party
  • 2013 Styles of Burgundy,
  • 2013 Australian Triple Vertical,
  • 2013 The top Cult Super Tuscans
  • 2012 Top California Cabs. of the 90's.
  • 2012 Wine blending contest.
  • 2012 Sin with Zin Party
  • 2012 Barolo Tasting
  • 2012 Grand Cru Bordeaux Tasting
  • 2012 2001 Calif. Horizontal Tasting
  • 2011 Amarone Tasting
  • 2011 Don Melchor Tasting
  • 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino Tasting
  • 2010 Flora Springs Tasting
  • 2010 Big Bottle Party
  • 2010 Grand Cru Burgundy Tasting.                       2015 Eastern Caribbean Cruise
  • 2010 Cims de Porrera, Classic, Vertical.                 2014   North Fork Field Trip
  • 2009 Barolo Tasting.                                               2014 NOLA & Western Caribbean Cruise
  • 2009 Dry Creek, Mini Tasting                                 2013 Virginia Wine Tour, field trip.
  • 2009 Bastille Day Celebration                                 2013 Winter Southern Caribbean Cruise
  • 2009 A Blind Pinot Noir Tasting                             2012 Paso Robles Field Trip
  • 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting                       2012 Winter Caribbean Cruise
  • 2009 Red Carpet Dinner                                         2011 Tuscany & Umbria Tour
  • 2009 (2003) Bordeaux Horizontal Tasting             2011 Winter Cruise & Florida
  • 2008 (1997) Italian Horizontal Tasting                 2010 Mexican Riviera & Temecula Tour
  • 2008 Bastille Day Celebration                               2009 Eastern Mediterranean Tour   Large may take time loading.
  • 2008 Turley Wine Cellars Tasting.                       2008, Sideways Wine Tour , Santa Barbara
  • 2008, Oldies Great Cab. Sauv. Tasting                 2007,Spain & Portugal Tour Large, may take time loading.
  • 2007, Dehlinger Vertical Tasting                         2006 winetour in France.
  • 2007,Bastille Day Celebration                             2005 winetour in California.
  • 2007,Burgess Vertical Cab. Tasting                     2005 winetour in Avellino, Campania Italy.
  • 2006 Bastille Day Celebration
  • 2003Steltzner "Melchoir" Tasting.
  • 2001Sterling Vineyards, Vertical Tasting

    Wine Shopping?

  • See new Wine & Food Matcher, at bottom of page.
  • Try Total Wine Cherry Hill, NJ Save the sales tax. Total Wine Claymont, DE
  • 2013 Bordeaux futures.
  • Hold off on Bordeaux futures untill next spring for the 2014 vintage.
  • ShopRite Liquors, 3161 Quakerbridge Rd., Mercerville, NJ Laurenti Wines
  • Glendale Liquors, 4040 Quakerbridge Rd., A good stop for value but no website.
  • I have dealt with Hooked on Wine for years. Wine shipped right to your door.
  • This Company ships fast. Many times with FREE shipping.
  • Another fine N.J. wine store. No longer shipping to PA. Little Bros. Get on their mailing list, for sales.
  • This California company has reasonable prices and ships to PA Brix 26
  • And here Wine Express
  • Good prices but Wine Library, located in Springfield, N.J. now delivers to PA.
  • If you feel you really must. PLCB's Chairmans Selection
  • Need some cheese to go with that wine? The best in the Italian market or delivered at home. DiBruno Bros.
  • Forgot our web address? Just go to Google, Bing or and type in: Bill Clark Wine
  • Our class is listed on
  • To check the current price of a wine, try the Wine-Searcher logo. ws-bottle2"
  • Find wine and buy online.
  • Looking for a BYO restaurant?
  • The new Bucks County Dining Club website.
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      July, 2014 on North Fork, Long Island AVA.  

    Celebrating our 15th on Champagne Night.

                Cheers, Alla Salute, A Votre Sante, Prosit!

            "My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne." --- John Maynard Keynes

           "Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." --- Mark Twain



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