Are You Inclined to be a Specialist in Wine?

Dr. Russ Kane, aka Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger

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Guest educator and awarding-winning author Dr. Russell Kane (aka Doc Russ, Texas Wineslinger) of will lead the Specialist of Texas Wine class for people seeking the certification or auditing individuals. Kane created the class to educate both wine consumers and individuals employed in restaurants, tasting rooms and hospitality businesses.

Specialist of Texas Wine is a first-of-its-kind program that offers a comprehensive series of classes featuring the unique wines and wine regions of Texas. Never has there been a wine program with specific classes focused solely on Texas: its winemaking history and legacy, wine regions, and wine styles. The program exposes students to unique landscapes, geology and growing conditions of the major wine regions in Texas. This learning and tasting intensive program features important topics critical to the success of today’s wine professionals and savvy consumers that are looking for the best wines and wine values that Texas offers.

Specialist of Texas Wine Class: Level 1 will be held Monday and Tuesday September 24 and 25, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Kiepersol Winery Salt Kitchen, 3933 FM 344 East, Tyler, Texas. The cost of the course is $242.50 for certification and $174.60 for auditing students.

The fee covers the class (eight hours of lectures), PDF copies of slides and supplemental materials, and a copy of Kane’s book, The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine, selected for the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest book series. The class also includes winetasting of both Texas and non-Texas benchmark wines.  Advanced registration is required.

While the course is led by Kane, students will also hear from guest presenter Marnelle Durrett, proprietor and founding winemaker of Kiepersol, who is actively involved in the Texas wine industry and will provide practical insights and experiences on grape growing and winemaking in Texas.

Students can get more information or register for the class at under upcoming events. This class is organized by the Texas Wine School. Additional information is available at (903) 530-0321.

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