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August 11, 2014

A Weekend-Long Wine University

By Sasha Levine | Wine

A Weekend-Long Wine University: Belmond Charleston Place
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As with many of the finer things in life, wine is an area of expertise that never ceases to expand: The more you learn, the more you realize how little you actually know.

To feed that thirst for knowledge—and then some—Belmond Charleston Place, in Charleston, South Carolina, has launched a three-day Wine U program that covers the essentials with help from Rick Rubel, the hotel’s advanced sommelier and wine director, and a number of guest speakers.

From August 22 to 24, dedicated students can learn about wine varieties, deductive wine tasting, the chemistry between food and wine and personal stocking strategies for at-home cellars. And to show how serious the program really is, the weekend wraps with a blind-tasting exam for all 20 of its pupils.

Attendees can expect to try rare, exceptional wines from the likes of Adelsheim, Zind-Humbrecht, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Krug and Shafer, and unwind after a hard day of study with a gourmet lunch and an eight-course dinner at the hotel’s Charleston Grill. Rates start at $3,000; 205 Meeting St.; 800-383-2335; charlestonplace.com/wineu.