Wine Classes

Wine Classes in “The Backroom” with

Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer

Here are a few brief excerpts from the October 2008 issue of Long Beach Magazine by wine writer Carole Brennen on her recent champagne class with our own Elizabeth Schweitzer:

“Our education included a brief history of this delightful beverage, its creation using Methode Champenoise and a virtual tour of the various places sparkling wines now thrive.”

“We improved our noses, educated our eyes and tickled our taste buds…”

“In addition to learning while sipping, cleansing the palate between sips takes on new meaning. Enter Cinthia Madrid, chef extraordinaire. Gone are pieces of bread or crackers. No run of the mill cheese here. Instead, Chef Madrid creates stylish appetizers fit as an accompaniment to the king of wines.”

January & February 2009 Classes Coming Soon!

Classes are from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on the Sundays noted. Each class consists of a tasting of five to six wines on the given theme as well as delicious appetizers. Each class is $35.00 each per person, or $30.00 each per person for a series of six classes (classes must be chosen at the time of purchase and cannot be rescheduled or switched around unless Morry’s or Elizabeth need to cancel). Classes must be reserved via credit card and we require a full 48 hour notice in order to give refunds. In order to register for a class please email Leslie at or call us at (562)433-0405.

About Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer

Elizabeth Schweitzer is currently the only Master Sommelier teaching in Los Angeles County and the only female Master Sommelier in Southern California. There are presently only fifteen women to have received this prestigious title in the world. We are honored to have her teach for us. She writes the monthly newsletter for The Original Wine of Month Club ( with over 15,000 members reading her wine reviews each month. Her company, Wine, Wisdom and Wit™ keeps her working full-time in the hospitality industry throughout the country.

Elizabeth’s forte is education. She teaches classes, hosts dinners and consults at several restaurants along the Foothills and the Inland Empire of Southern California. She maintains an active profile in the wine community donating time for events and fund-raising. She is co-founder of the Chronicle Wine Cellar, and serves as a wine judge for numerous competitions. Elizabeth was voted Best Sommelier in California by the California Restaurant Writers Association. When asked how she knows so much about wine she simply states, “I open a lot of books and a lot of bottles.”

Her approach to wine is a mix of old-fashioned common sense and modern economics; “If you like the wine, then it is good wine. You should not have to pay a lot to enjoy a good glass of wine.”

For press inquiries only on Elizabeth please send an email to Melissa Balmer at or call (562) 612-0197 (for classes please call the store at (562) 433-0405). You can find out more about Elizabeth at her own site at

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