Your Ah Haa: August Classes at a Glance

Your Ah Haa: August Classes at a Glance

P1020495_NoWeed_LoWine, food and more

If  know about wines, then you know about the turf issue. The grape world appears to distinguish between between terroirists and wine-making scientists or technologists. Translation: those who believe climate and soil (the terroir or land) are the chief factors determining the quality of the wine versus others who maintain it is how the grape is treated in the winery that makes the difference.

Elizabeth Hecker and Steven Craig appear to be dedicated terrorists. To prove it, they are teaching a series of classes at the Ah Haa School for the Arts throughout the month of August.

Hecker is a graphic designer with experience working in the California wine industry since it took off on the West Coast. She believes strongly that good wine, made with integrity and respect for the land, speaks volumes. Steven Craig opened Wine Mine 16 years ago, specializing in unique, small-production wines of impeccable quality and value. Both believe there is no better way to fully understand what “terroir” means than to taste one specific variety and taste different wines from around the world made solely from one specific variety. In the class, students will sample wines made from one variety, grown in four distinctive regions around the world. Visual storytelling, information about history, culture and soil, and simple tasting points will provide the opportunity for individual discovery, allowing each participant to explore the nuances of terroir and develop a more personal relationship with wine. If you listen, the wine is talking.

The line up of their Terroir Talking Tastings Series,” successive Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m, $45/student, $80/couple, as follows

August 12 – Pinot Noir: France, Oregon, New Zealand, Chile.
August 19 – Syrah: France, Australia, Washington, Argentina.
August 26 – Sauvignon Blanc: France, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand.

Tuition discounts are available for students taking three or more classes in the series. (Contact Ah Haa receive the discount.)

In addition to Terroir Talking, Ah Haa features a medley of other exciting classes to close out the month of August and the summer season – food to complement the wine and more.

Lucas Price, owner of two Telluride eateries, La Cocina de Luz and Caravan, is known for his fresh, seasonal, taqueria-style Mexican cuisine. He brings the same style and sensibility to his summer-inspired class covering salsas, ceviches and salad. “Summer Salsas, Salad and Ceviche” takes place Tuesday, August 20, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $145/student or $270/couple.

Bertrand Marchal has been cooking in Telluride for over two decades and is perhaps best known as the former co-owner and chef de cuisine of La Marmotte restaurant. Originally from Alsace France, he spent his youth studying under some of the finest Michelin-star chefs in France. Students who take his class, “New Recipes from France,” will experience interesting and innovative dishes inspired by Bertrand’s latest travels, such as cold leek and artichoke soup with a hint of truffle oil; seared halibut served on a fresh pea mousse; or strawberry-filled almond tuille cookies. Cooking with Bertrand is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 10:30 – 2:30 p.m. $145/student or $270/couple.

Michelle Montague teaches the basics of making beautiful, knotted bead jewelry to create necklaces or bracelets, which builds a foundation for more advanced jewelry projects. “Knotted Jewelry Basics” takes place Tuesday, August 20 – Wednesday, August  21, 10.a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $60 + $10 materials.

In jeweler Hilary Douglass’s class, “Cuttlebone Casting,” students will learn to cast unique silver jewelry pieces simply and quickly using a cuttlebone, a soft, carve-able shell-like bone from the sea that withstands high temperatures. The class takes place Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  $180 + $80 materials.

bookBook binding are personal expressions from contents to design. They can take the shape of a scroll, an accordion, fold out, or consist of loose papers in a box. Allyn Hart’s course, “Nontraditional Bookbinding & Artist Books,” explores the possibilities of artist books, starting off with instruction on simple, non-traditional bookbinding methods and moving on to the creation of a complete artist book, designed inside and out by the student. The class takes place Friday – Sunday, August 23 – August 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $189 + $25 materials.

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