International Sommelier Guild (ISG) Training, Sundays, El Centro College, Downtown Dallas

Enroll now for the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) 12-week training class beginning Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2007, at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.

Level One - 4 weeks
The ISG Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level One curriculum teaches sensory evaluation: wine appearance, aroma, and flavor; characteristics of the major winemaking grapes; and an introduction to fortified and sparkling wines. Class includes tasting wines from around the world.

Level Two - 8 weeks
Topics include the wine business, viticulture, vinification, regional appellation laws, blind tasting skills, old- and new-world wine regions as well as sparkling wines, fortified wines, and ales, service skills, food and wine pairing techniques, and proper storage practices.

Location: El Centro College, 801 Main St. Dallas, Texas, 75202. Free parking; DART rail two blocks away.

Dates: Sundays from noon until 7 pm, beginning Sunday Feb. 4, 2007.

Cost: $1500 includes Level One and Level Two classes and textbooks.

For more information, contact ISG instructor Darryl Beeson at 214.946.9463.

Daryl Beeson, a Texas native, is an international-level wine judge who writes and teaches about wine. A member of Cambridge University's Wine Society and American wine editor for UK-based wineontheweb.com, Beeson has served as Sommelier and cellar master of The Gaylord Texan, The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Adolphus Hotel's French Room, helping garner awards such as the Wine Spectator's Grand Award, Food & Wine Magazine's Best Wine List Award, and nomination for The James Beard Foundation's Award For Best Restaurant Wine Service.

- Karen Silverston, January 2007