I fell head over heels in love with wine. Everything about wine appeals to me: the history and geography, the viticulture and viniculture, and most especially the taste.
As an art historian and art educator, accustomed to looking at and analyzing artworks and teaching others to do so, I realized one must use one's senses and an analytical approach to appreciate the breadth and depth of wine.
So I studied wine formally, earned certifications, and offer wine-related services for aficionados.
For a birthday or anniversary, a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, or some other special occasion, there are different types of wine tastings:
Additionally, given my shared passion for art and wine, I can lead any of the Wine Classes listed below or develop a course about art and wine of a specific country or time period.
Are you interested in starting a wine collection? Perhaps you already have a wine collection, but wish to broaden or deepen it?
We can work together, following these steps:
(Then repeat 2, 3 and/or 4 and maintain 5!)
As a restaurateur, you want a wine list that complements the cuisine and atmosphere at your establishment. You will need some wine by the glass, others by the bottle. And your patrons will want options when it comes to price and quality.
We can work together following these steps:
(Then repeat 2, 3, 4 and/or 5 as needed.)
Intermediate Level Certificate with instructor Sofia Salvador, Wines of Portugal Academy
These two-hour classes were developed for The Texas Wine School (Houston) and included a guided tasting of between 6 and 8 wines with a PowerPoint presentation.
The oldest known winery was founded in ancient Armenia around the year 4100 B.C.E. What was surely an accidental discovery became an ever-more predictable technique, and spread westward. By 3700 B.C.E., wine was made in northern Israel. From there, wine-making spread south to Egypt by 3150 B.C.E. (and into Africa), and west through Turkey to Greece and Rome. This transmission of know-how of viticulture and viniculture parallels the rise of major civilizations and religions: the Mesopotamians and Persians, the Egyptians and Israelites, the Greeks and Romans. Travel back in time, alternating from art/archaeology to wine tasting, learning about these complementary aspects of these ancient cultures.
During the 14th to 17th century, Italy experienced a rapid increase in economic development with an accompanying shift in philosophy, resulting in some of the world’s most renowned artistic achievements. This period is referred to as the Renaissance, literally, a rebirth. Italian wine experienced a rebirth during the late 20th century, with new government regulations and a new classification system. Though often criticized throughout the 19th and 20th centuries for its poor quality, today Italy is the number one source of imported wines in the U.S. market – and sales are on the rise! Enjoy learning about pivotal Renaissance artists, paired with Italian wines that mirror the artists’ sometimes coy, often daring choices of style and technique.
France experienced radical social change during the 19th century, from the bloody French Revolution (1789-1799) to the peaceful La Belle Époque (1890-1914). During the same century, French wine experienced a crisis: an insect pest that killed over 40% of French grape vines. But French wine-makers rebounded and remain some of the world’s best. Meanwhile, French artists responded to all the changes by giving birth to key movements: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Orientalism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Learn more about the (r)evolution of French art in the 19th century while tasting contemporary French wines.
By the turn of the 20th century, California was at the forefront of American wine. Today accounts for 90 percent of the nation’s production. Over 1,200 wineries scattered along 700 miles of coast and in the Central Valley produce pure and blended wines using wine-making artistry to enhance the grapes’ natural qualities. Also throughout the 1900s, California’s atmospheric light and cool, oceanic air attracted artists from around the nation. While many came with techniques derived from the French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, subsequent generations established innovative, engaging, and influential art movements. Consider how California’s leading 20th century art movements match with wines of comparable styles.
Each three-hour program, co-developed to complement art exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, began with a 30-minute curator-led highlights exhibition tour followed by a 90-minute tasting of 6 wines led by a wine educator with a PowerPoint presentation.
Monet Along the Seine: North to Champagne
Monet Along the Seine: South to Burgundy
Monet Along the Seine: Spirits Along the Seine
Cheers! The British Taste for Wine (presented 2 times)
Effervescence: The Barbizon School & Sparkling Wines
Lives of Leisure: The Impressionists & Loire Valley Wines
Braque’s Beginnings & Wines of Bordeaux
Braque’s “Second Career” & Wines of Burgundy
Grüner and Reisling: Wines of Austria (presented 2 times)
Mendoza & Maule: Wines of Chile
Mendoza & Maule: Wines of Argentina
Picasso’s Roots: Wines of Spain
Picasso, Bon Vivant: Wines of France
Images: All images on this page were taken by Joshua Heuman. From top to bottom and left to right, the images are: Joshua Heuman (Vineyard at Featherstone Estate Winery, Vineland, ON (June 2021); Joshua Heuman tasting a Pinot Noir from Sonoma (February 2022); Corks ((February 2022); Bottles of white wine (February 2022). These images may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution to Joshua Heuman and a link to this web site. These images may not be copied and used for any other commercial purposes without express written consent of Joshua Heuman.
Logos/Wordmarks: Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wines of Chile, and Wines of Portugal own their respective logo/wordmarks. They are are used here by Joshua Heuman who earned certificates (available on request).