Thursday 6:00-7:30PM PST/ 9:00- 10:30 PM EST
December 17, 2020

Instructor:  Lalo Vela

Become better acquainted with the world-famous wines of the Sonoma Valley from the comfort of your own living room. Vela will walk you through the growing regions and climates and educate on the major varieties with a focus on a red and white variety of his choice. Discover hidden gems and local secrets for your next trip to wine country! He’ll demystify the wine label so you can choose the best wines for any occasion as well as food pairings. Price is per device and includes two bottles of hand selected Sonoma Valley wines so gather your family and friends!

Vela will hand select a white and red wine from the region. Local pick ups at the Sonoma Community Center will be scheduled the week before class. 

If you are out of town and would like wine shipped please contact Lalo at [email protected]

$65 per device *Includes 2 bottles of wine

All Levels

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Lalo Vela

Lalo Vela

Lalo is the General Manager and Buyer for Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. A wine retailer based in northern California known for its world class selection of wines, beer and spirits.

A first generation Mexican American, he began his career in the wine industry after graduating with top honors from the Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts. Soon after he moved to  Portland, Oregon where he landed his first wine gig working with Teutonic Wine Company, a boutique family owned winery producing artisanal, small production wine. There he spent time in the vineyards and the cellar growing his love, knowledge and thirst for all things wine.  Since then he has gone on to earn three different sommelier certifications, work harvest in several different wine regions, stateside and abroad, and work as a floor sommelier. 

Throughout the course of his relatively short career in the world of wine he has also worked for notable Sonoma wineries such as Patz and Hall and Arista. In addition, as part of the Private Client Division of iconic retailer Dean & Deluca, he conducted private customized wine tastings and consulted on the cultivation and inventory management of privately owned cellars.

In 2016 he joined the prominent team of Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.