Let's face it: When it comes to buying wine, a lot of us just wing it and guess what wine we might like, often going by the label.
That's why Post-Gazette wine columnist Elizabeth Downer's columns are so popular. She's an expert on good wines and good values that you can find in Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board stores and elsewhere. Why, just this week, she attended a PLCB tasting where she and others tried 45 Chairman's Selection wines that will be available in time for the winter holidays. As she quips, "That's way more tastes than one's mouth can effectively do."
She'll soon be writing about those wines, and in this week's Food & Flavor section, she gave her picks for Thanksgiving wines, including the Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet pictured here.
You can continue to pick her brain on Wednesday, Nov. 19, when, from 7 to 9 p.m., she presents a Post-Gazette University, or PGU, class on being a "Savvy Wine Consumer."
The course description from the PGU page: "Learn to navigate the wine list in Pennsylvania's state-run liquor procurement system. Elizabeth and a guest speaker will show you how to get the best buys available, as well as how to shop outside the system.
"Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies
"Free parking at Boulos lot across Commonwealth Place from Post-Gazette."
The tuition is $35; you can register here.
Two sure things: You'll very much enjoy your time with Libby, and you'll learn a lot.