I offer a wide variety of wine classes that can be bought as a series or individually. Group (Corporate, Non-for-Profit, or Consumer) and/or private classes (tastings) are offered. Personalized classes are available both in terms of time and subject matter. Pricing for the classes ranges from $25 – $100 per person depending on the number of classes chosen and the number of people participating. Gift certificates for a friend, family member, for school auctions or non-for-profits are available. You can make your own package of wines and we will choose a schedule together.
Wine 2.0: 4 classes
- How to taste
- Simplified Viticulture/Vinification
- Grape Varieties
- Rules for pairing wine and food
Wine 3.0: 5 classes
- Six factors: Shorthand for making sense of a wine in 5 minutes
- Write a coherent tasting note
- Learn to rate wines using 100 point scale
- International vs. Indigenous varieties: what is behind the debate?
- Focus on current issues in wine such as natural wine, organic and biodynamics, closures, rules, ratings. Where do you stand? Form an opinion and discuss it with others in an informal setting.
Classic Class Series: 7 classes
- France (Concentration on Burgundy and Bordeaux, touches on Loire, Rhone and South West, Provence/Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace)
- Italy (Centered on three main grape varieties and where they are grown: Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Aglianico)
- Germany and Austria- Riesling is King. Indigenous varieties, regions and traditions
- Spain and Portugal – Explore what the Iberian Peninsula has to offer.
- New world wines – (Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States – Principal areas, grape varieties and winemaking)
- Sparkling wines – Methods, regions and traditions
- Sweet wines – Whirlwind tour of sweet wines across the spectrum from Birbet to Sauternes and back.
France Tour: 6 Classes
- Rhone and South West
- Provence/Languedoc Roussillon
Italian Tour: 8 Classes
- Alto Adige/Trentino: Discovering the pleasures of Gewurtraminer and other grape varieties
- Veneto: Beyond Amarone
- Valle D’Aosta: Can you say Petite Arvine?
- Touring Piedmont’s Vineyards: From Barolo to Asti Spumante
- Tuscany: A Land of Riches
- Central Italy: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano Reign Supreme
- Southern Italy: Magna Grecia Explored: (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, and Apulia)
- Islands in the Sun: The wines of Sicily and Sardinia
Spain/Portugal: 6 classes
- Rioja and Navarra
- Catalonia, Valencia, Utiel-Requena, La Mancha
- Duero Valley and Rias Baixas
- Vinho Verde
- Dao, the Douro and Bairrada
- Sherry and Port
European Union: 5 Classes
- Germany: Not just Riesling Anymore
- Austria: Going beyond Gruner Vetliner
- Hungary: Sweet wines of Tokaji
- Bulgaria and Romania
- Greece and Cyprus
Southern Hemisphere: 3 Classes
- Argentina: Malbec is no longer the only game in town
- Chile: Carmenere is reborn
- Uruguay: Can you say Tannat?
- Brazil: Beyond Carinval and Soccer, A Great Sparkling Wine Destination
Australia and New Zealand: 4 Classes
- Visiting the land of Oz- South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria
- Western Australia and Tasmania
- Kiwi’s Forever: It’s not just Cloudy Bay anymore- South Island
- North Island
Born in the USA: 4 Classes
- New York, New York: From the Finger Lakes through the Hudson Valley to Long Island. Chardonnay is here to stay. Merlot’s not going to go and Pinot rhymes with Vino.
- California Dreaming: A tour through California’s AVAs
- South Western Wines: Up and coming wines from Texas, New Mexico
- 50 states and so little time: Savor wines from some of the other States of the Union and learn about the growth of the American wine industry