January 29, 2018


The Durham Wine Tasting Series is a new program featuring monthly wine tasting classes hosted by Bar Brunello. The classes are designed to be informative yet relaxed and are open to guests with varying levels of knowledge, from the novice wine drinker to the seasoned taster. Each class focuses on a different style of wine and will include a selection of five wines for tasting. Classes are lead by owner and wine director, Esteban Brunello, who guides guests through the wine tasting process. Guests will learn how to identify different wine notes, discover techniques of the winemaking process, and receive recommendations for food pairings. Selected bottles will be available for retail sale at the end of each class.


April 24
Orange is the New Red

Orange wine is our specialty at Bar Brunello. In fact, our wine list currently has the largest selection of Orange wines in the world! Orange wine is a unique style of winemaking that is quickly becoming popular among American wine drinkers. In this class guests will taste a selection of wines that exhibit the range of notes and flavors that are specific to Orange wine. 

May 22
365 Days of Rosés

There’s often the misconception that Rosé wines are only for drinking during the spring and summer months. That’s just not true: Rosés can be enjoyed 365 days a year! This class will include a selection of varying styles of Rosé from distinct wine regions, including one highly unusual bottle.

June 26
Riesling Isn’t Always Sweet

Riesling is a varietal that’s often perceived as a sweet wine, but in this class guests will explore the many sides of Riesling. The class will include a selection of Rieslings from different areas of Europe, including dry Rieslings as well as mutations of the varietal.

July 24
Island Wine Hopping

It’s summertime and the drinking is easy in this class. Come explore a selection of wines from Santorini, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and The Canary Islands. The different soils of these islands – volcanic rock, iron, and sand – bring a unique complexity to the wines. This is one you won’t want to miss.

August 21
Bubble Trouble

If you love sparkling wine, then this is the class for you. The tasting selection will include a range of different styles of bubbles from floral sparkling Rosé, to bright Italian sparkling, to complex Champagne. One thing is for sure: sparkling is certainly a wine to be celebrated. Cin-cin!

September 18
Brunello To Brunello

Brunello is not only our last name – it’s also one of our all-time favorite wines. Known throughout the world as one of the most expensive and finely crafted varietals, this class will include selections of the best expression of Sangiovese in the world: Sangiovese Grosso from Montalcino in Tuscany. Most acclaimed for it’s structure, complexity, and texture this is a wine you must taste to believe.

October 30
Dessert Wine Candy

Trick or Treat – it’s a Halloween wine tasting party! Though sometimes perceived as syrupy, sweet wines can also offer complex notes, especially when aged. In this class, guests will taste a range of well-crafted dessert wines including versions that offer good acidity.  Halloween costumes are encouraged!

November 13

In honor of #RawWineWeek we’ve added a November class! Raw wine is a process and philosophy of winemaking that involves organic and biodynamic agricultural practices. These wines are natural, artisanal products made without additives and with minimal interventions. Raw wine is vibrant, intense, complex and alive. This tasting class will include pours from the following natural wine producers:

Mirco Mariotti, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Nicolini, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Via Revolucionaria, Mendoza, Argentina
Partida Creus, Catalunya, Spain
Ampeleia, Toscana, Italy