All Wine Classes

 Below are all the wine classes we offer.


10-Class Pack: April
Stock up on wine classes in April! This 10-class pack is a great way to immerse yourself in wine and create your own curriculum, whether you start at Wine 101 and move up to 200-level courses, focus on food-and-wine pairings, or tour the world's major wine regions — the choice is yours! This monthly, 10-class pack is $400 (a savings of up to $450 off regular class pricing).

Add just this item to your cart. After check-out, you will receive an order confirmation email. To request seats and register for classes, simply reply to that email with your desired class names and dates. You can always request additional class registrations within the month as you desire; all registrations are subject to class availability and will be confirmed by email reply. The 10-class pack is valid for one student on any 10 April classes.
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5-Class Pack: April
Dive into tons of great wine education this April! This 5-class pack is a great way to take a wide range of wine classes, from Wine 101 up through 200-level classes, to food-and-wine pairings, to regionally focused classes — any five you like for just $225 (that's up to $175 off normal class pricing).

Add just this item to your cart. After check-out, you will receive an order confirmation email. To request seats and register for classes, simply reply to that email with your desired class names and dates. You can always request additional class registrations within the month as you desire; all registrations are subject to class availability and will be confirmed by email reply. The 5-class pack is valid for one student on any five April classes.
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A Tour of Argentina
Learn about the major wine regions of Argentina, from Salta to Rio Negro and everything in between. Ever since Malbec from Mendoza took off, Argentina has been a hotbed of upstart wineries and pioneering winemakers. We'll taste and cover: Argentinian wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of Australia
Learn about the major wine regions of Australia, from the Hunter Valley to the Murray River and everything in between. There's plenty more to Oz than big, bold Shiraz; and world-class, well-traveled winemakers are increasingly seeking out cool climate vineyards and working on some of the world's oldest soils. We'll taste and cover: Australian wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.

We are excited to donate all proceeds from this class to our dear friend and fellow sommelier Yannick Benjamin's non-profit organization, Wheeling Forward. To learn more or donate separately, visit www.wheelingforward.org.
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A Tour of California
Learn about the major wine regions of California, from Mendocino to Santa Barbara and everything in between. There's SO much more to this state than Napa Cab or Sonoma Chard — it's almost hard to find a grape California winemakers haven't tried. We'll taste and cover: California wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of France
Learn about the major wine regions of France, from Alsace to Languedoc-Rousillon and everything in between. Traditionally, this has been one of the most important countries for wine in the world, and understanding the "classic" regions, grapes and wine styles is fundamental to a solid wine knowledge. (Not to mention, they're good wines!) We'll taste and cover: French wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of Germany
Learn about the major wine regions of Germany, from the Ahr to Württemburg and everything in between. Germany has much more to offer than Riesling (though those are phenomenally versatile, and no, they're not all sweet!). We'll taste and cover: German wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of Italy
Learn about the major wine regions of Italy, from Alto Adige to Sicily and everything in between. There's such a wide range of wines produced here — over 1,400 native grapes! — it's no wonder Italian wine can be a little confusing. But the wines are delicious and well-worth getting to know. We'll taste and cover: Italian wine laws and history; six major Italian wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of South Africa
Learn about the major wine regions of South Africa, from Swartland and Stellenbosch to Klein Karoo and everything in between. South African wine has made major quality strides in the last decade, and these wines have been stunning sommeliers and wine lovers lately. We'll taste and cover: South African wine laws and history; six major South African wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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A Tour of Spain
Learn about the major wine regions of Spain, from Rías Baixas to Jerez and everything in between. This country bridges the gap between the Old and New Worlds, combining tradition with innovation with a fascinating array of grapes and styles. We'll taste and cover: Spanish wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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All About Orange Wines
So called because of their unique, golden color, orange wines are made by letting the juice from white grapes sit on their skins. The resultant wines have added texture, intrigue and distinctly savory, earthy notes — oh, and a gorgeous, orangey color! We'll taste and cover: this winemaking style; trends and pairing techniques; some of the best examples from around the world.
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All-American Cheese & Wine Pairings
In this special All-American class, we'll go way beyond Kraft singles to explore cheeses and wines made in the United States. We'll taste and cover: composition of cheese and wine; types of American cheese; general pairing guidelines; specific domestic pairing suggestions.
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An In-Depth Guide to Bordeaux
Bordeaux is one of the most famous, revered wine regions in the world. This classic, maritime region in France produces red wines from blends dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot... as well as world-class white and sweet wines. So what makes all three categories of wine so special and sought after? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the region; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.

We are excited to welcome special guest Robin Kelly O'Connor for our May 4 class!
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An In-Depth Guide to Burgundy
Burgundy's Côte d'Or is one of the most famous, revered wine regions in the world. This "golden slope" produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from clay and limestone soils... so what makes them so special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the region; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.
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An In-Depth Guide to Champagne
Champagne is one of the most famous, revered wine regions in the world. This prestigious area produces unrivaled sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown on its chalky soils... so what makes Champagne so very special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the region; geology and climate; villages, crus, classifications and styles; and vintages.
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An In-Depth Guide to Napa & Sonoma
Napa and Sonoma are two of the world's most famous wine regions, with a relatively short but rich, impressive history of making first-class wines. Today, their range extends well beyond the premier Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir for which they first gained attention. So what exactly makes these regions so special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the regions; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.
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An In-Depth Guide to Piedmont and Tuscany
Piedmont and Tuscany are two of the world's most famous wine regions. Piedmont is home to Barolo and Barbaresco (both from the noble Nebbiolo grape), while Tuscany touts Brunello (a stately showing of Sangiovese). Plus, both regions have additional first-class wines on offer. So what exactly makes these regions so special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the regions; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.
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An In-Depth Guide to Rioja and Ribera del Duero
Two of Spain's most famous, revered wine regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. These classic areas produce world-class reds from the Tempranillo grape that are gaining big traction in the wine-loving world, while Rioja's whites are not to be ignored. What makes these regions so special and unique? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves as we cover: history of the regions; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.
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An In-Depth Guide to the Rhone Valley
The Rhône Valley is one of the most famous, respected wine regions in the world. This prestigious valley's northern and southern appellations produce a range of bold reds and rich whites from a legion of great grapes... so what makes the Rhône so special? In this intermediate class, we'll taste classic producers and see for ourselves. We'll cover: history of the region; geology and climate; appellations and classifications; and vintages.
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Back-Vintage Wine
What's a 20- or 30-year-old bottle taste like, and is it really worth the wait? Which bottles should I cellar, and how do I know if they're ready? We'll share some great older bottles from the 1980s and 1990s while we discuss how wine ages, what wines to cellar and which current vintages to hold onto.
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BBQ Pairings
The dog days of summer call for cooking outdoors and over an open flame. They also call for wines that can stand up to bolder flavors and a little smokiness without overwhelming your fresh ingredients. Through tasting, we'll explore some of our favorite wines to seek out for pairing with your barbecue.
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Beach-House Rosé and Burgers
Two sure signs of summer: rosé wine and burgers on the grill. And yes you can definitely pair them together for a perfect beach-house afternoon! In this relaxed, social Friday night class, we'll taste six wines alongside a juicy burger and fries while we cover: the different ways rosé is made; our latest favorites; perfect pink pairings (burgers included).
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Beer Basics
Learn the basics and discover what you like in a beer so you can choose your brews with confidence. We'll cover: how beer is made; the difference between lagers and ales; how malt, hops and brewing techniques affect beer styles; and how to determine and describe what you like while tasting through six beers.
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Blind Tasting
We won't blindfold you, but we will pour the wines "blind" — meaning you won't be told what you're tasting at first. Hone your deductive tasting skills and learn how to tell the difference between grapes like Pinot Noir and Tempranillo or Riesling and Chenin Blanc. We'll cover: the language of wine; purpose of blind tasting; classic grapes, regions and styles; and the full deductive tasting process.
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Blind Tasting 201
You're familiar with blind tasting and are ready to take your skills to the next level. In this workshop, we'll collectively work through eight wines at a pace appropriate for those studying for intermediate sommelier certification. This is a great way to meet peers at a similar level of commitment, to enhance your wine theory studies, and to share both ideas and the cost of bottles for comparison tastings.
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Burgundy Basics
Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, with a legion of passionate devotees. It can also be one of the most confusing to explore, with some vineyards boasting only a few rows of precious vines tended by multiple producers. We'll taste and cover: Burgundy's history and organization; its main grapes and sub-regions; recent vintages.
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Cheese & Wine 101
Though they're famous for going well together, cheese and wine aren't the easiest of things to understand. Stilton and Syrah or Gruyère and Grüner — who knows?? We do. We'll taste and cover: composition of cheese and wine; main types of cheese; general pairing guidelines; specific pairing suggestions.
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Esoteric Grapes
Which esoteric grapes are the darlings of sommeliers across the country right now, where do they come from and why are they so exciting? We'll taste and cover: the grapes and their regions and styles that are taking the wine world by storm today; where to look for great value; ideal occasions and cuisines for experimenting with new favorites.
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Everything Rosé
This special seasonal class welcomes in the new fleet of rosé wines just as the weather and the barbecues heat up. We'll taste and cover: the different ways rosé is made; our latest favorites; perfect pink pairings.
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Exploring Brown Spirits
Scotch, bourbon, whisky (or whiskey) — what exactly is the difference? What about Cognac versus Armagnac? And Calvados?! We'll taste and cover: all the aforementioned brown spirits, plus dark rum, as well as their bases, requirements for distillation and aging, and classic cocktails.
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Exploring Greek Wines
It was the Greeks who spread vines around much of Europe. And while its modern reputation may have ailed for a minute, Greek wine is back — and better than ever. In this stunning Mediterranean country, producers are refocusing on high quality, and the native grapes have plenty of interesting things to say. Don't let the foreign language on the label deter you: these are unique, delicious and well worth exploring.
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Exploring Kosher Wines
It's a difficult question every sommelier has faced: Got any recs for a good Kosher wine? This year, as a matter of fact, we do! We've searched all of Israel and beyond to pull together a list of awesome wines ready for your kosher table. And yes — they'll pair perfectly with your brisket or latkes! Come taste, learn and see for yourself at this special seasonal class.
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Exploring New Zealand & Australia
What's happening down under? New Zealand has gone way beyond Sauvignon Blanc, and many of Australia's most exciting wines aren't Shiraz. From cool climates to unique soil types, pioneering winemakers and wildly old vines, these two countries are turning out some of the world's most interesting, exciting wines. Come learn and taste for yourself.
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Exploring South American Wines
South America is home to some of the most fascinating up-and-coming winegrowing areas, with vineyards popping up everywhere from the hot high desert to the foothills of the Andes to the cool and foggy coast (and everywhere in between). We'll discuss new and established appellations while we taste through a diverse array of whites and reds from some of this continent's most exciting wineries.
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Food & Wine Pairing 200
In this series of pairings classes, we'll cover a specific food and wine "match" by tasting three dishes with one common component along with eight wines that highlight what works and what doesn't, so you can take your pairings outside the box. This 200-level pairings course is designed for individuals who already have a basic foundation of wine (major varietals, how wine is made, basic tasting vocabulary) and are looking to increase their understanding, either for service/sales or for their own interest.

Schedule:
5/12: Fat & Tannins
5/19: Spicy & Sweet

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Fortified Wines 101
Fortified wines are made by adding a neutral spirit to the fermenting wine, which stops fermentation and boosts alcohol. But how much spirit is added, and when... and how does that change the wine's taste and character? We'll cover: methods of fortification; categories of fortified wine; and classic fortified wine regions and styles while we taste through six fortified wines.
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Geology for Geeks
Sand, stone, marl, loam, loess, clay, limestone — the geology of wine is complicated but essential to an advanced understanding of the field. We'll taste, "geek" out and cover: major soil types; how soil affects agriculture and the concept of terroir; farming and soil health; specific wines and their soil types.
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Great Wines from New York State
This class comes just in time to get you geared up for the first Hamptons weekend... "Drink local!" has become a popular slogan as New York State's wine industry has taken off, and quality has seen a huge upswing of late. Today, we're excited about our home turf and proud to say that world-class wines are coming out of the Finger Lakes and Long Island. We'll taste and cover: major appellations, our current favorite producers and grape varieties.
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Natural, Organic and Biodynamic Wine
Just like with food, wines now come with a plethora of claims about their "natural" natures. What are sulfur and other chemicals doing in my wine, and what on Earth does the moon have to do with winemaking? We'll taste and cover: terms "natural," "organic" and "biodynamic" in relation to wine; regulations for each; vineyard management techniques and winemaking practices.
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New-School California
What's new in California?? Plenty. It's almost hard to find a grape or area California winemakers haven't explored. We'll taste and cover: "new school" California wines, from ultra-natural/non-interventionist winemaking to off-the-wall grape varieties and off-the-beaten-path vineyards. Check out our Old-School California class, too!
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Old World v. New World Blind Tasting
In this "Old World v. New World" workshop, we'll collectively work through 12 wines (six whites and six reds, each with an "old world" and a "new world" version) at a pace appropriate for those who may be studying for sommelier certification. This is a great way to meet peers at a similar level of commitment, to enhance your wine theory studies, and to share both ideas and the cost of bottles for comparison tastings.
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Old World v. New World Cheese & Wine Pairings
In this special pairings class, we'll look at the differences between wine and cheese made in what's known as the "Old World" (traditionally most of Western Europe) versus the "New World" (countries like the U.S. or Australia). We'll taste and cover: main types of Old World cheese and their New World counterparts; general pairing guidelines; specific pairing suggestions.
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Old-School California
Want to understand what first made the California wine world explode in the 1970s? Want to experience examples of the classics with some age on them? We'll taste and cover: "old school" California wines, from iconic Napa Cabernet and Chardonnay to traditional, Burgundy-influenced Pinot Noir and more. Check out our New-School California class, too!
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One Pairing, Three Ways
Food and wine pairings can leave you elated or, well... ready to move on. But what makes the difference? We'll taste and cover: the importance of good pairings; general pairing guidelines; three specific dishes from our current menu, each with one "match made in heaven" wine, one "that'll do" pour and one "mismatch" to understand the specific elements of a great pairing.
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Perfect Pizza Pairings
This fun, social "pizza party" class involves three types of pizza with different seasonal, gourmet toppings, all paired with a comprehensive lesson in perfect pairings. We'll taste six unique wines while we learn and discuss what works and what doesn't (and why).
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Picnic Pairings
'Tis the season for beach blankets and picnic tables, for rooftop parties and front-stoop soirées! Lazy days call for refreshing, easy-drinking wines paired with simple food and a relaxed mood. Through tasting, we'll explore some of our favorite wines to seek out for great value and sheer deliciousness this summer.
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Scotch 101
All Scotch whisky comes from Scotland... but beyond that, just what differentiates various Scotch styles? We'll cover: how Scotch is made; the five categories of Scotch; subregions of production and trends. We'll also taste through six selections of Scotch with pedigree.
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Sparkling Wine Around the World
What do blanc de noirs and blanc de blancs mean? Why is Champagne so much more expensive than Prosecco? And how does vintage bubbly differ from non-vintage? In this class, we'll taste and cover: how sparkling wine is made; styles of sparkling wine and popular regions; what makes true Champagne so special; sparkling terminology and general pairing suggestions.
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Starting a Collection
Why do we age wine in the first place? And how long does it continue to get "better"? Learn how to begin and maintain a wine collection that fits your budget and tastes. We'll taste and cover: the wine aging process; proper storage; buying strategies tailored to your budget and tastes; service tools and tips.
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Take-Out Pairings
Pizza (or Pad Thai, or sushi) will be at your door in 20. Now: What to drink with it? We've got foolproof pairings for every delivery menu in NYC. We'll taste and cover: how a wine's structure and flavor influence pairings; general pairing guidelines; the most popular take-out options and the best affordable wines for pairing with each.
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Vegetarian Pairings
There's a rumor that certain vegetables defy wine pairings. It's just a rumor. Learn how to conquer tricky greens like asparagus and artichokes and pick the perfect wine for everything from matsutakes to squash blossoms. We'll taste and cover: which compounds in vegetables to pay attention to; how a wine's structure and flavor influence pairings; specific pairing suggestions.
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Wine 101
Learn the basics and discover what you like in a wine so you can choose bottles in a restaurant or wine shop with confidence. We'll cover: how wine is made; the difference between Old World and New World styles of wine; how climate affects the body, alcohol and acidity of wine; how to determine and describe what you like.
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Wine 300
This 300-level course is designed for individuals who have a solid foundation of working wine knowledge (viticulture and vinification, strong tasting vocabulary, significant global wine regions) and are looking to dig deeper into wine laws/regulations and regional nuances, particularly for professional service/sales or serious consumer interest. In this series of classes (see below for schedule), we'll taste eight classic wines and cover: local terroir details, appellation laws, permitted grapes, styles and tasting notes, and trends.

Schedule:
4/16: Piedmont
4/23: Tuscany
4/30: Southern Italian Islands
5/14: Northern Spain
5/21: Southern Spain

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