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Indulge in the world of wine and enhance your palate with diverse wine tasting classes. Discover the art of wine appreciation, learn to identify different varietals, and gain confidence in selecting the perfect bottle for any occasion.

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Wine Tasting 101

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 338 W 36th St, New York, NY

Discover the world of wines and awaken your palate with this unique Wine Tasting 101 experience at CocuSocial Cooking Classes. Guided by an expert Sommelier, you'll have the opportunity to taste and contrast six different wines, while learning about history, regions, tasting techniques, and more. Whether you're a wine aficionado or just love wine, this class is sure to leave you on a good note!

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 1:30–3pm Eastern Time

Cheese 101

Murray's Cheese @ 254 Bleecker St, New York, NY

Discover the fascinating world of cheese through a guided tasting of exceptional cheeses representing six cheese families. Uncover the secrets of cheese-making and learn what makes each variety unique in this immersive experience. Expand your cheese knowledge and indulge in delicious flavors at Cheese 101.

Thursday, Mar 14th, 6:30–8pm Eastern Time

Intro to Wine Tasting

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 525 8th Ave, New York

Escape the hustle and bustle of New York City's vibrant bar scene and step into a serene, intimate setting with our exclusive introductory Wine Tasting experience. Both beginners and wine connoisseurs alike are welcome as all will leave this class having learned how wine is produced, the rituals involved in wine service at a restaurant, what you actually enjoy in wine, and an appreciation for wine as a part of a meal. Guided by our expert Sommelier,...

Friday, Mar 15th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

Wine & Cheese Crash Course

Murray's Cheese @ 254 Bleecker St, New York, NY

Discover the perfect pairing of wine and cheese as you indulge in an hour-long tasting experience led by a Murray's expert. Savor three expertly selected cheeses paired with three wines, and gain a newfound confidence in approaching the cheese counter or wine shop.

Wednesday, Mar 13th, 6:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

Taste Buds Kitchen @ 109 W 27th St, New York, NY

Explore the art of cooking with wine as you indulge in a delicious menu featuring dishes like salmon en papillote, bacon & leek risotto, and red wine poached pears. This experience is perfect for a special date night or an evening out with friends. Don't miss the chance to elevate your culinary skills with the star ingredient - wine.

Saturday, Apr 20th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

$195
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Wine Camp - An Introduction to Wine

LearnAboutWine/ wineLA @ 300 S Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

Discover the secrets of wine as you explore its rich history and learn to appreciate its flavors in this immersive tasting class. With expert guidance, you'll gain the confidence and knowledge to make confident wine choices and enhance your enjoyment. Cheers to expanding your wine appreciation!

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 3:30–5:30pm Pacific Time

The Wines of Tuscany

Mt. San Antonio College @ 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA

Experience the rich history and captivating tales of the Gallo Nero while savoring the flavors of Tuscany. Explore the art and culture of Central Italy through a collection of exquisite wines. Become a confident connoisseur in this engaging and entertaining course.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

The Wines of South Africa

Mt. San Antonio College @ 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA

Discover the rich history, fascinating culture, and delicious wines of South Africa in this captivating one-of-a-kind experience led by a Certified Sommelier at Mt. San Antonio College. Beginners and pros alike will enjoy this entertaining and engaging class where you'll learn to accurately identify, differentiate, and confidently talk about wines from the Coastal Region of South Africa.

Saturday, Apr 20th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

The Wines of Greece

Mt. San Antonio College @ 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA

Indulge in a captivating evening of wine tasting as a Certified Sommelier takes you on a journey through the enchanting wines of Greece. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of this fascinating wine-producing country, while savoring delectable Greek food and cheese. Whether a novice or expert, this engaging class will enhance your wine knowledge and leave you craving for more. Opa!

Saturday, May 18th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Wine & Food Pairing

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

When we enjoy a meal, we often want an adult beverage to accompany the fruits of our labors. Chef Eric shows you how to make great food with great wine in this dynamic, information-packed class. Students will make the food and Chef Eric will have tastings of selected wines from his favorite purveyor to go with the menu. Learn where and how to shop for wines to pair with a variety of food as we make our way through our tasty menu. We will...

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Wine Making for Two

Beverage Art Inc @ 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets of crafting exquisite wines, from Chardonnay to Cabernet, in this immersive two-session class. Learn from expert winemakers as you participate in every step of the process, from fermentation to aging. Unleash your inner vintner and create a collection of personalized wines to savor and share.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 3–5pm Central Time

$149
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War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden tales of bravery and resistance during World War II as you sip on exquisite wines from Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Join us as we delve into the fascinating history of French winemakers and their battle against the German plunderers. This unique experience will leave you with a newfound appreciation for both the power of wine and the resilience of the human spirit.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Central Time

Chicago Mobsters and Prohibition

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Discover the untold stories of Chicago's mobster era during Prohibition and how it forever changed the way we drink. Join our spirits expert and historian for a fascinating evening filled with tales of speakeasies, crime, and the eventual repeal of the 18th Amendment. Must be 21 or over to attend.

Friday, Mar 15th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Hands-On Date Night: California Wine Country

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Experience the flavors of California's Wine Country in this hands-on cooking class, where you'll learn to make a delightful arugula salad, herb-roasted chicken, savory bread pudding, and baked pears with pistachios.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 6–8pm Central Time

World of Wine: A Tasting Series

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Join us for an informative and indulgent journey through the world of wine, where you'll explore unique grapes, emerging regions, and groundbreaking techniques. Led by Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, this tasting series is perfect for wine enthusiasts of all levels, offering a solid foundation for beginners and insider tips for seasoned aficionados. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and taste eight hand-crafted wines in each session.

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Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Master the art of wine tasting with this sensory evaluation workshop, where you'll learn to identify flavors, aromas, and characteristics. Students will also learn to detect winemaking flaws. Enhance your wine-tasting skills and knowledge through guided blind tastings of six wines.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Sonoma County Wine

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the distinct and diverse wines of Sonoma County, the neighbor to Napa, in this dynamic workshop. Gain the essential knowledge to appreciate Sonoma County's impact on the wine market and explore its reputation and distinction. This workshop is part of the California Wine Appellation Specialist® program.

Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Intro to California Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Embark on a flavorful journey through California's renowned wine regions and discover the diversity and excellence of the state's finest wines. Indulge in a curated selection of 6 wines as we explore the grapes and styles that make California a global wine powerhouse. Join us for an unforgettable tasting experience at the forefront of the wine world.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Intro to Italian Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the diverse flavors and rich heritage of Italian wines in this captivating seminar. From the iconic Barolo of Piedmont to the renowned Brunello of Tuscany, uncover the top regions and appellations that have put Italy on the global wine map. Taste six wines as we delve into the grapes and styles that make Italian wines truly exceptional.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the hidden gems of California wine regions with this workshop that takes you on a virtual journey from the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains to the captivating landscapes of Livermore Valley and Lodi. Discover the unique terroir and climate that create the perfect conditions for exceptional wine production. Tasting kits are available for an immersive experience.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

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Chocolate & Wine with Boston Winery

Boston Chocolate School @ 26 Ericsson St, Boston, MA

Boston Chocolate School is pleased to offer a new class in partnership with the Boston Winery. Our Chocolate and Wine class features a four-sample gourmet chocolate and wine tasting. Each wine is expertly selected to complement and enhance the nuanced flavor of the high-end chocolate. Deep dark chocolate is suddenly spicy and warm with cinnamon notes. Milk chocolate is smooth and creamy with a subtle floral finish. You will learn how to develop...

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Perfect Pairings

French Cultural Center of Boston @ 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA

Improve your French while learning wines and cheeses from five different French regions! About this Class:   This class is intended for students with A2/B1 level. You will discover French regions through 5 selected wines and pairing cheeses. You will learn about the different types of grape, vineyards and the history behind the matching cheeses. A degustation will take place at the end of each class!

Make Way For Dumplings! Wine Pairing Class

Boston Wine School @ 6 Station St, Brookline, MA

99 percent of the time, when people think Asian food, they automatically think beer instead of wine. It's just reflex, and if anyone does think of wine, it's Riesling or G'vertz or something light. It seems like no one's really trying to make the Asian cuisine matches with wine that we make with other cuisines, and this class is going to change all that. This dinner class will taste and learn 6 different wine and food pairings designed...

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Valentine Wine Tasting & Candle Making Experience

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Experience an unforgettable blend of romance and creativity at this unique celebration. Join us for an evening of wine tasting and candle making, where you'll have the chance to craft your own candles while savoring the rich flavors of fine wines. Indulge in a Valentine's celebration like no other!

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California, Oregon, Burgundy: Pinot Noir Comparison

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse @ 5839 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Join us for a journey through great Pinot Noirs of the United States and France. From the golden slope of the Cote d'Or to the hills and valleys of California and Oregon, this magical grape finds a myriad of variations. Come discover why so many wine drinkers, collectors and sommeliers consider this grape to be the finest wine grape on the planet.

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‘Best of 2017’

Penn Commons

If you’re a connoisseur of rare & exquisite liquors – or you want to become one - this is the class you always wanted to take! Our Potables Professional Scott Clime will guide you through an abundance of hard-to-find extraordinary spirits, including Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Cognac, Tequila & Scotch. A full buffet lunch will be provided!

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Due Americane in Cucina

Ristorante i Ricchi @ 220 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Two female chefs with a passion for traditional Tuscan cooking are coming together to make you an unforgettable meal with Antinori wine pairings. We are pleased to have Antinori Chef Kim Wiss join Chef Christianne Ricchi for this dinner and chef's demo.

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"2015 Vintage Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting"

Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits @ 2401 M Street NW , North Washington, CO

We are honored and excited to be hosting the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) delegation for what promises to be a magnificent wine tasting on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The UGC is made up of some of the best and most well-known châteaux from the top appellations in Bordeaux. They tour North America each year and this trip will showcase the wines of the soon-to-be released 2015 vintage. This is a rare opportunity to ...

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Purple Cafe's Harry Mills & Wine Pairing by Chris Horn

Eat Seattle @ 1433 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Head Chef of Purple Seattle Harry "Coach" Mills will be joined by Purple's Wine Director Chris Horn as we shop Pike Place Market for local seasonal ingredients and learn how to pair our meal with wine. We go from menu planning to meal creation as we head back to Pike Place Market's Atrium kitchen to cook up a three course meal using our procurred market ingredients. We then enjoy our beautiful meal together....

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Wine and Chocolate Experience

Chocolate Box @ 106 Pine St, Seattle, WA

Join us for a 2 1/2 hour of tasting through Washington and Oregon's own wine “region”! And we can’t give you wine without pairing it with our other love: CHOCOLATE! We will select the perfect chocolate to accompany many of the fine wines you will sample over the course of afternoon. Could anything be better?  Your Experience begins at Chocolate Box with a glass of Washington “bubbly” while our staff introduces you to the history and...

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Wine Appreciation

Oglethorpe University @ 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA

This course will introduce participants to: (1) the principles of wine tasting; (2) principal wine varieties and regions of the world; (3) exploring and enhancing personal taste preferences; and (4) factors that influence the style, quality, and price of wine. Students will gain a greater understanding of how to evaluate wine to determine what wines they like and why they like them. With that greater understanding, they may have greater confidence...

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"The Bold and Beautiful" Red Wines of Marietta Cellars

Le Goût @ 6690 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA

This is the story of a father, who taught his son great values…that his hands are his best tools and that being honest, consistent, and working hard are what it takes to make incredible wine at a fair price. Marietta Cellars is a second-generation owned California winery, owned by the Bilbro family and established in 1978. They have built their business on relationships with people…with their neighbors, who enabled them to buy great plots of...

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SOMM Talk with Harry Constaninescu

Le Goût @ 6690 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA

Have you ever asked yourself: How is wine made? Where does it come from? How do I identify a wine in a blind tasting? What are the basic wine types and grape varietals and how do they taste? What is the proper way to order wine in a restaurant...how do I understand a complicated wine list? How do I correctly open a bottle of wine at a party? What are some basic food and wine pairings and why do they go together so well? We will taste: 2015...

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines: Looking Behind the Label

Wine Education Institute @ 4375 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Gain an all-around product knowledge and education about the world of wines with this industry-focused course. Perfect for trade members and serious wine enthusiasts looking to deepen their understanding of key grape varieties and regions. Unlock the secrets behind the label with the Wine Education Institute.

Sunday, Apr 14th, 4–7pm Mountain Time

 (6 sessions)

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines: Explaining Style & Quality

Wine Education Institute @ 4375 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Gain a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking, and confidently explain wine style and quality with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. This advanced qualification is perfect for wine enthusiasts and professionals in the industry seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines. Expand your knowledge and sharpen your tasting skills with this comprehensive 10-week course.

Monday, Jun 10th, 6–9pm Mountain Time

 (10 sessions)

$1,250

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Register: Level I Wine Seminar

International Wine & Spirits Guild @ 4640 Pecos St, Denver, CO

This introductory course is designed for wine enthusiasts as well as wine and food service professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of wine. Taste 27+ wines on your way to developing a basic understanding of Old and New World Wine, including history, terminology, and evaluation.  In this seminar you will: Taste 27+ wines from 3 continents; Receive an overview of French, Italian and American wine; Learn technical wine descriptive evaluation...

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Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes Near Me

The popularity of wine has been steadily growing in the US throughout the past decade. 31% of surveyed Americans said they consume more wine than beer and liquor. Furthermore, it’s estimated that the average American wine drinker consumes 2.8 gallons of wine per year. The rise in the beverage’s popularity can be attributed to the introduction of online wine sellers, an exponential growth of American wine production, and the drink’s health benefits. 

Wine is not just popular in the US, but around the world, and has been for thousands of years. There is no clear record of wine’s first creation, but the first traces of a wine-like substance have been found in 60-million-year-old fossils. Wine was created and further perfected across history by a wide range of people and cultures who learned the ideal way to de-stem, crush, and ferment the best grape varieties. Today, there are over 10,000 wine grape varieties that produce wines of varying tastes and smells.

The act of wine tasting has a history almost as storied as the history of wine itself. Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle described the flavors of wine in their writings, implying that the people in ancient times were focused on judging the quality of their wines. Wine tasting is a popular activity among wine enthusiasts. During a formal wine tasting, you’ll assess the quality of your wine based on its appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste. Wine tasting can also be done informally from the comfort of your own home. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting

If you’re already a wine drinker but have never been to a wine tasting, it’s highly recommended you partake in one to help broaden your palate. Oftentimes, people will find a wine they like and stick to it without trying other varieties. Wine tastings teach you how to pick out flavor notes and tastes. If you don’t like the wine you’re tasting, you can always just move on to the next one. At the end of the tasting, you may discover new flavor notes and wines that you love. 

Attending a wine tasting is also a great social activity for you and your friends or you and your partner. People often book a wine tasting for Valentine’s Day or their anniversary. They’re also a popular corporate or holiday event for businesses. Wine tastings may take place inside or outside, in a garden, or on a patio or balcony, letting you enjoy your time outside. Some wine tastings also offer food options that can range from crudités to pizza. 

At a wine tasting, you’ll typically try six to ten different wines. This will expose you to a variety of notes and flavor profiles. Trying a range of wines that are likely priced at different points will provide you with practical knowledge of them that you can take with you to restaurants. Once you have discovered which flavor notes you enjoy, you’ll know what wines to ask about the next time you’re out at dinner, as well as your budget. 

Wines can range from low to high price points depending on different factors. Some of the most expensive wines in the world are aged in oak barrels, which adds both flavor and oxygen to the wine. The amount of time a wine was aged as well as the location of where the grapes were grown can also affect the price. Attending a formal wine tasting offers you the chance to try a variety of wines before making the commitment of purchasing one.

5 Ways to Learn Wine Tasting

Wine is easily accessible to anyone over the legal age, which means that wine tastings can take place anywhere and at any time. Wine aficionados tend to follow a more formal methodology of wine tasting, but plenty of wine enjoyers and new wine tasters simply get together to learn the history of the wines they’re tasting and discuss their flavor.

If you’re interested in wine tasting but don’t know where to get started, consider some of the following learning options:

  1. Take a formal in-person wine tasting class led by a sommelier (trained wine professional). Your sommelier will guide you through the historical and ecological differences in the wines you’re tasting, tasting techniques, flavor profiles, and more. 
  2. Sign up for a live online wine tasting class. Online classes are led by live instructors who will answer your questions and introduce you to the basics of wine tasting. If you decide to take an online wine tasting class, be aware that most instructors will point you to a wine service that provides pick-up and/or delivery options. 
  3. Take a self-paced on-demand class online. These classes are available for free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The benefit of a self-paced class is that you can work it into your schedule. On-demand classes are posted as videos, meaning you won’t have access to an instructor to ask questions. 
  4. Look for a wine tasting book at your local bookstore or library. Books are a great way to learn about the history and process of winemaking. Wine tasting books will oftentimes include guides and include tips on how to handle wines. 
  5. Find a guide online posted by a wine aficionado or sommelier. These helpful guides can be found online or for a fee. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes

In-person wine tasting classes are offered across the US and available to anyone over the age of 21. These classes are taught by wine experts who will guide you through the basic principles of wine tasting as well as the history of the wines you consume in the class. These classes may focus on general wine knowledge or on vintage-specific information.

If you’re new to wine tasting, CocuSocial Cooking Classes in Hell’s Kitchen offers a comprehensive introductory class. In Wine Tasting 101 you’ll be provided an overview of the history of six wine samples (a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Merlot) in a relaxed, private setting. Your expert Sommelier will discuss the tasting and flavor notes of each wine along with pairings and everyday practical wine tips. You’ll leave this class with an awakened palate and a new appreciation for wine. 

Riesling is a wine grape variety that originated in the Rhine River region. If you have an interest in this white wine, you’ll want to head over to The Wine Workshop in Manhattan for their 1970’s German Riesling Tasting. During this two-hour class, you’ll taste a number of Riesling vintages, with a focus on what are considered the best ones from the 1970s.

Murray’s Cheese offers wine and cheese classes for those who are interested in pairings. Beginners and professionals both are welcome to attend their Springtime Wine and Cheese class led by a cheese professional. If your flavor interests sway toward sweet, Murray’s Cheese also hosts a class where you can enjoy cheese, chocolate, and Rosé. An expert will guide you through your flavor journey, as you sample four French wines, four French kinds of cheeses, and an assortment of accouterments such as jam, honey, and meats. 

If you want an in-depth explanation of the foundations of wine tasting and are near the downtown Los Angeles area, check out LearnAboutWine’s Wine Camp. This beginner-level class will build up your confidence as you explore the world of wine. Six samples will be tasted in this two-hour class. Your expert instructor will teach you about the best foods to pair with wine, how to serve wine, and even the wine-making process.

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square in Chicago offers How to Bluff Your Way Through Wine for wine tasters of all levels–even aficionados. This class focuses on the four main variables that determine the flavor of wine. Your sommelier will walk you through these variables and explain how they manage to make all wines both the same and unique. This class samples five international wines. 

For a more casual night of wine tasting, The Chopping Block offers, Raise a Glass, an interactive tasting. This class includes a mini-lesson on the history of wine as you snack on wine-friendly foods. Three wines are featured in this class: two from Spain and one from Italy. Aside from regional differences, you’ll be able to compare the differences between a pink, white, and red wine. All wines purchased after the tasting will be 10% off.

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes 

Attending an in-person wine tasting is a great way to meet and socialize with other people that have an interest in wines. However, in-person classes aren’t always accessible. They may not fit into your schedule or there might not be any scheduled near you.

If that’s the case, virtual classes are a great alternative. Virtual classes are taught by experts from around the country. They may be focused on wine tasting basics, like recognizing flavor notes and the history of winemaking, or they might be centered around a specific vintage. 

In-person wine tastings will provide the wine for you. But, if you decide to take a virtual wine tasting class, you will be responsible for sourcing your own wine samples. Luckily, most virtual instructors will point you toward a supplier. You have the option of either picking up a wine tasting kit from them or having it delivered to you. There are quite a few online wine tasting classes available for you to take on CourseHorse. 

The NYC Wine Company offers a virtual wine tasting class where you will sample wines made from grapes grown at vineyards located on islands and near volcanoes. The class, Islands & Volcanoes samples six wines over two sessions. Your live instructor will explain the unique properties of each wine that are largely thanks to their growing location, their differences, and how to find them. The wines your class samples may come from vineyards located in places such as the Canary Islands, Mount Etna, and Santorini, among others. 

The NYC Wine Company regularly hosts virtual wine tastings focused on popular grape-growing regions like Italy, California, and France. Previous classes have included Italy: North to South and The Hidden California. If you’re interested in their classes, check back to CourseHorse regularly to see what new and returning virtual classes this company offers.

The San Francisco Wine School offers a large number of virtual wine tasting classes that you can take. Absolute beginners who are unsure of what wines to start with may be interested in their Intro to Italian Wines tasting class. If you’re unfamiliar with Italian wines specifically–which make up some of the most popular in the world–this virtual class is a great introduction to them. You’ll taste six different Italian wines and learn about the grapes, style, and diversity of some of Italy’s best wines. 

Zinfandel vineyards make up nearly 10% of California’s grapevine acreage, contributing to Zinfandel’s staple status among American wines. In the San Francisco Wine School’s Zinfandels of the World, you’ll learn about its close relation to Croatian and Italian wines. This includes an in-depth explanation of the impact that climate and soil impact its growth throughout the world. If you know you love Zinfandel or are looking to improve your understanding of wine, this class is for you. 

If you lean toward sweet wines, consider checking out the San Francisco Wine School’s tasting class, Sweet and Fortified Wines of the World. In this tasting class, you’ll learn about classic dessert wines and their production styles. Five to six wines will be tasted in this workshop, which can be taken as part of their Wine with Style series. 

The San Francisco Wine School also runs an Advanced Blind Tasting program. Advanced wine tasters can attend several blind tastings where they will identify wines that are characterized by their high acidity or even their thin skin. You’ll learn to differentiate between regional and varietal identities in these tasting classes. 

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes

Are you looking to schedule a wine tasting class as a fun event for your business or organization? Or are you looking for a fun weekend activity for you and a group of friends? If so, CourseHorse offers wine tasting classes for private groups that they can deliver to you. 

You can reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website to learn about the options available. You’ll be able to learn the group sizes that they can accommodate and work out a date and class format that works best for you and your group. CourseHorse supplies materials for their classes to all participants ahead of time. If you’re unsure of your group’s size at the time of booking, you can always provide them with the minimum group before updating with a final headcount up to a week before your class. 

CourseHorse has no booking fees, and they allow free cancellations up to two weeks before the class is scheduled. They recommend that your group uses Zoom for their classes, but they can also accommodate Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, and WebEx. If your group is interested in other fun bonding activities, feel free to check out other private classes offered by CourseHorse on their website. 

What Will I Need to Learn Wine Tasting?

If you take an in-person wine tasting class, the wines you will be sampling will be provided by the school or venue hosting the tasting. If you take an online wine tasting class, your instructor will likely direct you to a wine supplier where you can procure a tasting kit. Overall, wine tasting classes rarely require more than for you to show up ready to try out new wines. However, if you are looking to host your own wine tasting, you’ll need to make sure you have the items below. 

  1. Two or more wines 
  2. Wine-friendly snacks like cheese, chocolate, and nuts 
  3. Water 
  4. Wine glasses (two per person: one for white wines and one for red)
  5. Notepad and pen for note taking
  6. Comfortable seating 

Is it Difficult to Learn Wine Tasting?

Wine tasting can be intimidating for those who don’t frequently drink wine, or anyone that does drink wine but isn’t used to paying attention to flavor notes, aromas, and other qualities. Knowing where to get started in your wine tasting journey can also be difficult. What if you don’t like the wines you’ve tasted? What if you don’t know what you should be looking for as you taste? Thankfully, with a little knowledge and guidance, wine tasting becomes a more approachable activity. 

Although there are formal methods of wine tasting, wine tasting doesn’t necessarily need to follow these formal methods. You can have fun at home with a group of friends and a few wines you’d all like to try, or you can take a formal in-person wine tasting class led by a sommelier. Taking an in-person class with an expert instructor is a quick and thorough way of learning the history and process of wine making and the intricacies of regional wines or specific vintages you’re tasting during the class. You can also always pick up a book on wines and wine tasting to help get you started before taking a formal class. 

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