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Benefit for the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Success at the Benefit for the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Thank you for hosting, Tricia Smith. Wonderful food, incredible music, and FANTASTIC wine was had by all. See you next year!


Fall 2019 Flyers Are Here!

Fall 2019 Flyers Are Here! Register today at:

Napa Valley Wine Expert

I have attained a new certification from the Napa Valley Wine Academy called Napa Valley Wine Expert.

MiraCosta Fall 2019 Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for:

Wines From A Land Down Under
Old World vs. New World

Wednesday Nights Beginning Sep 4th

Sign Up Today! and

Italian Wine, Art, and Culture
This class is scheduled to be offered by Dane in the Spring 2020 semester along with a French wine class, so hold on just a few more months for those. In the meantime, come enjoy some Australian wine or put your tasting skills to the test in an Old World vs. New World showdown!

Summer Vacation in the U.K.

What do you do while on vacation in London? I shop for wine at in the fantastic wine room in the basement of Fortnum & Mason. You just might see an English sparkling wine in the next wine appreciation class! Cheers!


That’s a wrap!

And that’s a wrap!  Spring classes have concluded and Summer is just around the corner.  The next wine tasting class is a 1-day session on Monday June 3rd from 4-6pm in Carlsbad.  Register today at

Hope to see you there!

Italian Wine, Art, and Culture

Photos from Spring 2019 Italian Wine, Art, and Culture. Next six-session Italian Wine, Art, and Culture coming Fall 2019 to MiraCosta College. Registration opens in late June/early July.


New Class Just Announced!

KutaSomm is announcing a new 1-day wine appreciation class on June 3, 2019 from 4-6pm.  Open to the public, this class will take place at the Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community main event room.  The venue is on the Coast Highway 101 near Carlsbad Village Drive.  The main event room is a very large hall and is perfect for wine tasting.  The audio/video setup is first rate.  We will be tasting fantastic French wines from the Loire and Rhône Valleys.  The Loire Valley is known for the varietals Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.  From the Rhône Valley comes Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, and Muscat, Although we likely can’t taste all those grapes, find out which six will be poured by coming to the class!  Register today at  See you there!

Announcing the Triple Crown of Wine Tasting!

Earn the Triple Crown of Wine Tasting by taking three (3) wine appreciation courses taught by Dane Kuta at MiraCosta College. Receive a special gift for your achievement!

Dane’s Fall 2019 courses at MiraCosta are expected to include: (1) Wines From A Land Down Under and Other Southern Stars and (2) Italian Wine, Art, and Culture. Look for a brand new course in the Spring of 2020–announcement coming in just a few months! Registration for Fall 2019 at MiraCosta College will open in late June or early July.

A new CSUSM Osher 1-day class has just been added for Monday, June 3, 2019. Dane will host Wines of the Loire and Rhône Valleys at the Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community from 4-6pm. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed for those 50+ years of age. Registration is open to all who qualify. CBTS has a fantastic public conference room with an awesome audio/visual setup, making this a great venue for wine tasting. Register today at

Dane’s Fall 2019 CSUSM Osher classes are expected to be announced soon. Look for a series of 1-day classes occurring between September and December.

Looking forward to seeing you in class.  For questions or comments, contact Dane at  Check out often for news and updates.  Cheers!


New Logo for 2019

KutaSomm has a new logo for 2019. I’d love to know what you think! Email me at