somm sessions _ Beginners guide to Varietals Fort lauderdale
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  • Rebel Wine Bar
  • May 4, 2024
  • Saturday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Somm Sessions: Beginners Guide to Varietals

Rebel Wine Bar

Saturday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
May 4, 2024


Somm Sessions: Beginners Guide to Varietals

Rebel Wine Bar

Saturday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
May 4, 2024



“Discovering Varietals: A Beginner’s Journey” offers an immersive exploration of wine led by certified sommelier John Jonna. In this hour-long class, participants will delve into the nuances of five carefully selected wines in a refined atmosphere conducive to learning. Ideal for those new to wine appreciation, each session promises a structured yet engaging experience focused on tasting techniques, varietal distinctions, and enriching discussions. Elevate your understanding of wine with us and embark on a journey of discovery. 🍷📚

Types of Wines:

  • 1 White Varietal
  • 1 Sparkling Varietal
  • 3 Red Varietals

John Jonna Sommelier

About Your Sommelier

Level 1 Sommelier – Society of Wine Educators

John Jonna began his climb to professional renown over 30 years ago, in 1970, as one of the founding partners of The Merchant of Vino.  While building a seven-store chain that was to become Metro Detroit’s forerunner in gourmet food and wine, he unleashed his passion for specialty foods, cheeses, wine, beer and spirits that elevated the stores and himself to a recognized world-class status.   

Over the years, as his knowledge, experience and diversity have grown his passion has never wavered.  He constantly travels the world to discover new products and ideas to introduce to his loyal customers at home.  In 1994 he founded Merchant’s Fine Wine, a company that has again garnered respect as one of the state’s leaders in education on foods, wine and specialty items of all kinds.  He is a member of the Detroit Wine Society and frequently provides educational seminars at private institutions across the state.  He has also served on the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council Board.

In 2007, John Jonna sold the Merchant’s Fine Wine chain to pursue a wine bar concept created by himself and his daughter.  Together, they have opened two locations in metro Detroit, Vinotecca Wine Bar and Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant.  

John Jonna is the consummate speaker, combining knowledge and humor in a manner which has put him in tremendous demand for both corporate and private tastings, as well as a host for wine tours and food classes around the world.  Providing education in an entertaining format, he has successfully gained respect in the wine industry as an entrepreneur and leader in wine sales and education.

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