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

Hot Off The Press!

The book for the upcoming MiraCosta class Italian Wine, Art, and Culture is here! Class starts in just a few weeks. If you haven’t yet signed up, get on the wait list (the class is sold out). Another Italian wine class is in the works for Fall 2019 if you can’t make this one. Cin Cin!


Spring Wine Tasting Classes Have Begun

Spring wine tasting classes have begun – the first class happened on Mon Feb 4 in Carlsbad and focused on French wine.  It was hard to follow a class on Monet and Mattise, but the presentation was a complete success and the class had a fantastic time!  Next Osher class is again in Carlsbad on Mon Apr 1, 2019 with an Italian theme.  Come join us!  Sign up today at

Success In Ocean Beach!

An Ocean Beach sparkling wine party was a success.  What a great evening of wine tasting with a fantastic view of a stellar California sunset.  Contact KutaSomm today for an in-home private wine tasting party of your own!

Spring 2019 Flyers Are Here!

If you would like a flyer, please contact  Cheers!

Wine Tasting Down Under

In November, I traveled to Australia, partially for vacation and partially to obtain wines for upcoming MiraCosta wine appreciation classes.  The wine portion of the trip started in Victoria, where a day was spent in the Yarra Valley north of Melbourne, known for growing cool-weather varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  You may have seen Innocent Bystander wines here in the US.

The next stop was Tasmania.  Yup, it’s cold down there, and they make great sparkling wines.  Only the tip of Chile and the south island of New Zealand are closer to Antarctica.

Barossa Valley, called simply The Barossa by the locals, is famous for world-class Shiraz and the area did not disappoint.  The iconic Penfolds Grange hails from Barossa Valley, and I was lucky enough to taste the 2014.

The Barossa has some very old vines, some over 150+ years.  Strict import laws along with The Barossa being relatively isolated has kept phylloxera at bay.  I got to meet some 100 year-old vines.

Next up was Eden Valley, which is a high valley just above The Barossa.  Henschke is here, and they are known for the Hill of Grace Shiraz, which most consider to be on par with Penfolds Grange.  After tasting the iconic offering, we got to visit the HoG vineyard and see how small and it really is.

The final stop on the wine tour was McLaren Vale, which included tastings at Shingleback and Chapel Hill.  One of my favorite wines of the trip was the flagship wine from Chapel Hill named The Vicor. Bryn (head winemaker from Chapel Hill) gave us a fantastic winery tour and hosted our tasting.  Thank you very much for the hospitality!

Australia, I shall return!