Sunset Seminars
Sunset Seminars

As the West’s leading lifestyle brand, Sunset spotlights the region’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over 5 million adventurous readers, through its regional print editions, its digital edition, its website, and bestselling books. The legendary brand has moved beyond the page; Sunset now showcases the best of the West through its blockbuster events, established home programs, licensing and merchandise partners, and the Sunset International Wine Competition.

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Sunset's Essentials of Wine by Sunset Seminars
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Tired of getting that same old bottle of wine? This course will open you up to a new world of tastes and textures - and will quickly have you scrambling for new varieties at your local grocery store. Learn how to store and aerate your wine for the greatest enjoyment and, most importantly, learn to appreciate the taste, feel, and smell of your wine as Sara Schneider - Wine Editor at Sunset Magazine - explores varietals from France, Spain, California, Australia, and more.
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As the West’s leading lifestyle brand, Sunset spotlights the region’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over 5 million adventurous readers, through its regional print editions, its digital edition, its website, and bestselling books. The legendary brand has moved beyond the page; Sunset now showcases the best of the West through its blockbuster events, established home programs, licensing and merchandise partners, and the Sunset International Wine Competition.

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Curious about the vast world of wine? Start by learning the fundamentals. Sunset Magazine walks you through the basics of processed Vitis vinifera, from choosing the best corkscrews and wine glasses to determining tasting notes. You’ll also learn how to aerate vintages and save a half-empty bottle of wine for another day.

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Sunset Magazine takes you on a guided tour of red wine from the Old World (Europe, for the uninitiated), from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhône to Italy and the southern tip of Spain. Whether you like big and structured wines, or light and fruity is your thing, the Continent has a centuries’ old recipe for you. Learn about each region’s history, winemaking styles, and dig deep into several common varietals, such as: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, and nebbiolo.

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For their originality and variety, American and New World red wines can’t be beat. Sunset Magazine explores the varietals in its own backyard: cabernet sauvignon from Napa; pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon; and California’s own old vine zinfandel from Sonoma. As a bonus, get a sneak peek at up-and-coming malbecs from all the way down in Argentina.

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Lovers of white wine, rejoice! Sunset Magazine breaks down the history and flavor spectra of over a dozen varieties, including sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. Start with the most popular wine in the United States, chardonnay, and work your way towards the more obscure, though equally flavorful and complex, types such as riesling, white Rhônes, and even Austria’s pride and joy: Gewürztraminer.

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Do sparkling wine and rosé wine seem a little bit fancy for a quiet glass on a Friday evening? Sunset Magazine dispels your fears with an in-depth discussion of each style’s history and tasting notes. Once you’ve learned about Champagne, prosecco, cava, and dry rosés from all around the world, a casual bottle of bubbly might not sound like a bad idea.

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Overwhelmed by the huge selection and lack of guidance at the wine section of your local grocery store? Whether you’re looking for a low-key weeknight wine, a gift for a loved one, or enough bottles to a supply a holiday party, the right bottle probably is in stock, even if you’re not quite sure how to choose it. Listen to a few tips and tricks from the experts at Sunset Magazine before you give up and get the same old bottle of merlot.

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COURSE: Sunset's Essentials of Wine  ▲
COURSE: Sunset's Guide to Container Gardens
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Interested in cultivating a container garden? Sometimes the hardest step is choosing a container. Sunset Magazine breaks down the best container material, size, shape, and color for your space. You’ll also learn how to position your plants for optimal growth, set up effective drainage for any pot, and install irrigation with a drip system.

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With your pots, soil, drainage, and irrigation ready to go, it’s time to design your container garden! Sunset Magazine shows you how to choose plants for your containers based on sunlight, water needs, and aesthetic principles. After learning these professional tips, head over to Sunset’s Plant Finder to start brainstorming the perfect garden!

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Did you know that transplanting plants at the wrong time of day or into dry soil conditions can send them into shock? For many plants, the trip from the nursery to your container garden can be a stressful experience. Sunset Magazine shows you how and when to transplant so that your plants thrive in their new home.

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Whether you are starting from seed or seedling, Sunset Magazine shows you how to choose, grow, and harvest edible plants. Pick the right container, sow seeds, and transplant your crops without damaging the roots; before you know it, you’ll be feeding your family healthy veggies straight from the garden. This lesson features chard, beet greens, and lettuce.

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Want to keep your container garden looking fresh? While there is no single answer for how much you need to water and fertilize your plants, this lesson shows you a simple test to determine what your plant needs. As a bonus, get a few seasonal gardening tips: how to use a frost blanket in the winter months, and how to transition between seasons seamlessly with forward-thinking design and plant choices.

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Want to plant a container garden, but don’t have lots of room? Make use of empty wall space and install a vertical garden! Despite the challenges of growing vertically, there are a few products on the market that are capable of providing your plants with the water they need to stay healthy and beautiful for the long haul. Sunset Magazine lets you in on their vertical container gardening product: Plantasy, a grow medium made from peat moss and coconut coir.

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COURSE: Sunset's Perfect Holiday Meal
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Gearing up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it’s important to be ready with a solid turkey recipe for the many feasts to come. Whether it’s your first time cooking a whole turkey or last year’s recipe didn’t cut it, there’s no shame in looking for some guidance. Learn how to butterfly and cook your bird to perfection with a flavorful brine, fresh herbs and spices, and the right grilling techniques in this lesson by Sunset Magazine.

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Looking for a new take on chuck roast, the king of holiday season red meat recipes? Try this hickory-smoked chuck roll with a dry rub from Sunset Magazine. After browning your cut on the stove, let it roast in a Dutch oven with some spiced onions and hickory wood chips. The smoky flavor will envelop the meat and make for the perfect holiday feast centerpiece.

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Cranberry sauce is one of the most important Thanksgiving side dishes, so don’t phone it in! Mix together fresh cranberries, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate molasses, brown sugar, and thyme for an unbeatable twist on turkey’s favorite companion. With a recipe this quick and simple, you’ll think twice about ever buying the canned stuff again.

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A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.

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Mashed potatoes can be a source of disagreement when you’ve got a table divided between smooth and chunky lovers. For those who like theirs chunky and rustic, Sunset Magazine has the perfect recipe. Drizzle chunks of mashed potatoes, peel included, with brown butter and dry-roasted hazelnuts. These mashed potatoes are the perfect complement to any roast.

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Have a table divided between smooth and chunky mashed potato lovers? For those who like theirs silky smooth, Sunset Magazine has the perfect recipe. After you have boiled your russet potatoes and fed them through a ricer, swirl in milk, Greek yogurt, chives, and mascarpone cheese for extra creaminess. Is your mouth watering yet?

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Top off your holiday meal with a light and fresh dessert. This recipe for poached pears in white wine syrup from Sunset Magazine yields a fresh, elegant dish that won’t put you out of commission for the evening. Once you’ve let your pears cook in the vanilla, cinnamon, and boozy syrup, serve them with a dollop of sweet mascarpone and an extra drizzle of syrup.

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