Barsetti Vineyards pairs wine tasting with flowers in monthly floral classes

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Barsetti Vineyards pairs wine tasting with flowers in monthly floral classes

Every second Sunday of the month, as many as a dozen people can be found with wine glasses in hand gathered at the Barsetti Vineyards tasting room, but they aren’t members of an exclusive weekend wine club. Instead, they are attending a class where local florist Joan Werblun teaches how to create floral arrangements for a variety of occasions. Started back in 2016 as a way to generate community involvement and excitement around Barsetti Vineyards, the monthly floral classes have now garnered a loyal group of attendees – but Werblun and Barsetti Vineyard’s owner Janis Barsetti Gray are always eager to welcome new students. The class costs $35 and includes all materials and a glass of wine. Whether they attend one class or many, students are sure to leave with a floral arrangement they are proud to display, thanks to Werblun’s approach to teaching. Each class draws upon skills learned in previous sessions, such as effective use of complimentary and contrasting colors, or vertical versus horizontal displays. But Werblun welcomes those who choose to attend a single class and is happy to help them with their arrangement – though oftentimes they end up not needing as much guidance as they might have thought. “They have come up with the most beautiful arrangements,” Werblun said of many of her first-time students. “They can’t believe it.” Those who return month after month find themselves working with a unique selection of flowers each time. Some months, Werblun provides fresh flowers of the season and, other times, the class will work with silk flowers. “My husband prefers the silks because you can keep them forever. But then I said, ‘Honey, we’re going to have 24 of these around the house,’ and he agreed we should do real ones,” joked returning student Paige Lampson. Werblun herself became interested in floral design as a stress relieving hobby while working as a nurse, and first tested her skills on her sons’ prom corsages. She quickly moved on to weddings, and now also makes floral arrangements for corporate events. Her advice to those wanting to try their hand at floral design is simple: “Don’t be afraid of the flowers, and do it to suit you,” she said. “There are really no right or wrong arrangements, just other ways of doing it.” In addition to Werblun’s floral arrangement class, Paint and Sip painting classes are also offered at the Barsetti Vineyard’s tasting room on every last Thursday of the month. The $30 price will get you all the supplies you need to paint the night away. Wine is not included, but can be purchased at the event. For anyone interested in attending a floral or painting class, check the events page on Barsetti Vineyard’s website to find an up-to-date class schedule or call the Barsetti Vineyards tasting room at 209-744-6062.