With neat rows of grape vines to their left and 180-degree views of the Verdugo Mountains to their right, two dozen foothill residents were ready to talk wine.
Saturday marked the first of an eight-class series hosted by the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and the city of Glendale to highlight the agricultural history of the region, and to teach attendees about winemaking and vineyard management.
The classroom is Deukmejian Wilderness Park and its 71-vine vineyard, replanted four years ago as part of ongoing restoration efforts.
"We figured why don't we teach people as we go?" city naturalist Russ Hauck said.
Classes, which will be scheduled through the winter and spring weather-permitting, are free, said Stuart Byles, vice president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley. They will touch upon pruning, watering, pest identification, harvesting, fermentation and pressing, among other things.
"The Crescenta Valley Historical Society was asked by the city if they would like to come in and help maintain the vineyard and keep it up for historical interests," Byles said. "So we took it upon us to do it, and it is fun."