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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New Sunset course! Sunset's Guide to Outdoor Cooking

We're thrilled to announce "Sunset's Guide to Outdoor Cooking" - our newest Curious course!

Take your cooking skills to the great outdoors! Elaine and Margo will show you how to make delicious dishes, whether you're in your backyard or in the backwoods. You’ll also learn how to plan food for camping trips; cook with Dutch ovens, cast iron skillets, and barbecue pits; and get recipes for everything from gooey cinnamon rolls to grilled pizza.

Buy this course and receive a copy of Sunset’s Great Outdoors Cookbook ($25 value); you will receive an email with instructions after purchase.

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  ▲
Sunset's Guide to Outdoor Cooking by Sunset Seminars
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Take your cooking skills to the great outdoors! Sunset Magazine shows you how to make delicious dishes, whether you're in your backyard or in the backwoods. You’ll also learn how to plan food for camping trips; cook with Dutch ovens, cast iron skillets, and barbecue pits; and get recipes for everything from gooey cinnamon rolls to grilled pizza. Buy this course and receive a copy of Sunset’s Great Outdoors Cookbook ($25 value); you will receive an email with instructions after purchase.
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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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Before you set out on your next adventure in the great outdoors, make sure you have the right food—and enough of it! Elaine Johnson, associate food editor at Sunset magazine, reveals what to prep ahead, why you should use a grocery list, how to pack a cooler to keep fragile foods safe and secure, and more. With all of the meals squared away in advance, you can spend less time hovering over the grill and more time enjoying the fresh air.

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Let’s get back to basics! In this lesson, Elaine Johnson, associate food editor at Sunset magazine, walks you through the most essential campground cooking skills, including: using a camp stove, working with cast iron skillets and camp grills, and building a fire for cooking. You will also learn two simple, crowd-pleasing recipes for breakfast and dinner.

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The Dutch oven is one of a camp cook’s most versatile tools—from cooking hearty soups and stews to decadent cinnamon rolls. In this lesson from Sunset Magazine, associate food editor Elaine Johnson demonstrates how to use a Dutch oven at the campground. You will learn how a camp Dutch oven differs from the traditional model, discover the three most common coal arrangements, and get two mouthwatering recipes to test out in your own Dutch oven.

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Leave no camper hungry or thirsty! In this lesson, Sunset Magazine reveals the 10 things you must know about providing food and drinks for your fellow adventures. Get delicious recipes for campground staples, like s'mores -- as well as more adventurous recipes, such as bacon-wrapped dates and negronis for happy hour. You'll also learn a few practical skills, like how to wash dishes and plan for emergencies.

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For getting the most flavor out of vegetables, nothing beats grilling. In this lesson from Sunset magazine, food editor Margo True reveals the best methods for grilling veggies—from marinades to presentation techniques. You will learn how to keep vegetables from sticking, choose the perfect temperature, and more. There's something for everyone, whether you're looking for easy sides for a steak or ways to make a whole meal out of vegetables.

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You don’t need an oven to make pizza! In this lesson from Sunset Magazine, associate food editor Elaine Johnson reveals how to make one of America’s favorite foods on an outdoor grill, along with three killer topping combinations that you can recreate in your own backyard. Find out the easiest way to prepare the dough, how to grill it to a perfect golden brown, and how to get your guests involved in building their own pizzas.

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Want to cook delectable meals in the comfort of your own backyard? In this lesson from Sunset Magazine, discover 10 tips that will help you cook on a gas or charcoal grill like a true professional. Food editor Margo True explains how to use vents to control temperature on a charcoal grill, why you should use a drip pan, when to use direct and indirect heat, and more.

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With just a cooking grate, sand, aluminum foil, and bricks, you can build your own barbecue pit in minutes. Margo True, food editor at Sunset magazine, shares the blueprint (courtesy of celebrity chef Michael Fiorello). Gather some fire-building materials and invite your friends over to test out your DIY creation.

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Learn how to throw a Santa Maria-style barbecue party in your own backyard! Ike Simas, one of the foremost experts of traditional Santa Maria-style barbecue, visits Sunset Magazine to break down how red oak affects flavor, what steps go into preparing the meat, and how you can assemble some classic sides to accompany a choice cut of top sirloin.

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You don’t have to limit yourself to the traditional ways of cooking. In this lesson from Sunset Magazine, food editor Margo True reveals six unconventional methods for cooking on gas or charcoal grills. Make popovers in a muffin pan, or turn your grill into an oven for large cuts of meat that require indirect heat; you can even cook directly in the coals for some recipes.

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COURSE: Sunset's Guide to Outdoor Cooking  ▲
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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