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Discover wine tasting classes in Chicago. Learn how to properly taste, evaluate, and pair wines, and gain the confidence to navigate wine lists with ease, all while immersing yourself in a fun and educational experience.

6 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 14 classes live online are available.

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.

(26) Beginner 21 and older
$149
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Raise a Glass

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

Join us at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square for an elevated happy hour experience! Taste three delicious wines hand-selected to complement our evening classes, and learn about their characteristics, pairing suggestions, and more from Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross. Plus, enjoy 10% off all wine purchases during the tasting. Must be 21 or over with a valid ID.

(261) All levels 21 and older

France and Terroir: Next Level Wine Course

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

Embark on an advanced journey into the heart of French wine culture with Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, exploring the concept of terroir that sets the global standard for fine winegrowing. Taste six exceptional French wines, including a 100% Grand Cru Champagne and a highly-rated 2020 red Margaux, while delving into France's wine law, history, and the intricate relationship between wine and food. Elevate your wine knowledge in an experience designed for enthusiasts ready to deepen their understanding.

(261) All levels 21 and older
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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.

(261) All levels 21 and older

How to Bluff Your Way Through Wine

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

Why is one wine lemony and refreshing, while another is chewy and meaty?  Why does one wine complement shrimp and another a juicy T-bone? Join Advanced Sommelier, Mary Ross, as she shows you how the answers lie in four simple variables that determine all wine flavors. Learn these variables to understand how all wine is the same and each wine – sometimes each bottle – unique. We’ll also explore wine history, wine chemistry,...

(261) All levels 21 and older

Culinary Heaven: Wine and Cheese Pairing

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

The marriage of wine and cheese is one of our most exciting taste sensations, from easy appetizers to an elegant cheese board, even Mac ‘n Cheese. Learn the secrets of successful wine and cheese pairing in this tasting of 5 prominent cheese styles mixed-&-matched with 5 wines. This seminar is fun and delicious for all wine and food lovers! You must be 21 or over to attend. Please present valid ID at the time...

(261) All levels 21 and older

Wines of Northern France

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the cool climates, grapes, and wine styles of France's northern regions. Discover the secrets of Champagne, Alsace, Loire, and Burgundy in this immersive workshop that will take your wine knowledge to the next level. Tasting sessions included.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean as you sip on the finest wines from Portugal, Spain, and Greece. Uncover the rich history and distinct characteristics of ancient wine regions in this immersive workshop.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Warm Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Embark on a global wine journey and discover the rich flavors of various wines. Explore the differences between New and Old World wines as you indulge in classic regional wines like Grenache, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet, and Zinfandel. Join us for a warm-climate wine workshop that will expand your palate and knowledge of wines from around the world.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Intro to Blind Wine Tasting

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Learn the art and science of blind wine tasting at this interactive workshop. Develop your palate, expand your wine vocabulary, and gain confidence in describing wines. Whether you're a beginner or preparing for wine exams, this session will enhance your understanding and appreciation of wine.

(13) Beginner 21 and older

Blind Tasting High Acid, Unoaked White Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Enhance your tasting prowess with Master Sommelier David Glancy in an advanced Blind Tasting workshop. Explore high-acid, unoaked white wines, unraveling their intricate profiles and regional influences. Join us to refine your palate and elevate your understanding of varietals and global wine regions.

(13) Advanced 21 and older

Blind Tasting Bubbles, Botrytis & Fortified Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Refine your tasting skills with Master Sommelier David Glancy as you explore challenging flights of sparkling, fortified, and dessert wines. Delve into the nuances of each wine, discussing global regions and styles while deciphering influences from grape variety, terroir, and winemaking techniques. Ideal for advanced enthusiasts seeking to elevate their understanding and palate in the world of wine.

(13) Advanced 21 and older

Pinot Noirs of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Embark on a sensory exploration of the elusive Pinot Noir grape, celebrated for its complexity and global presence. Uncover its origins and diverse characteristics, navigating through a curated tasting flight showcasing its expressions from various international regions. Ideal for wine enthusiasts and professionals alike, this class offers insights into Pinot Noir's intricate interplay of climate, soil, and tradition, offering a profound understanding of its enigmatic allure.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Blind Tasting Aromatic White Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Refine your palate with our workshop on Aromatic White Wines. Learn to recognize and profile the nuances of aromatic dry to off-dry whites through challenging blind tastings. Gain insights into regional and varietal influences while exploring global wine regions. Ideal for advanced enthusiasts seeking to deepen their understanding of aromatic white wines and enhance their blind tasting skills.

(13) Advanced 21 and older

Wines of Germany and Eastern Europe

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the hidden gems of the wine world in this workshop that explores the regions, climate, grapes, labeling, and styles of wines from Germany, Austria, Hungary, and more. Taste a selection of six to eight wines as you learn about Spatburgunder, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Tokaji, and more. Expand your wine knowledge with San Francisco Wine School.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigios of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Unravel the nuances between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio as you embark on a global journey through vineyards, exploring their origins, climates, and distinct profiles. Delve into tastings of diverse examples, from light and dry to full and sweet, uncovering the varietal's secrets from Alto Adige to Alsace and beyond. Perfect for enthusiasts and professionals alike, this workshop unveils the intricate tapestry of these beloved wines.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Blind Tasting Thin Skinned Red Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Refine your palate with Master Sommelier David Glancy as you explore the intricate nuances of global thin-skinned red wines. Unlock the secrets behind regional and varietal influences in a dynamic, hybrid learning environment that caters to both in-person and virtual participants. Elevate your tasting expertise with guided exercises and curated wine selections.

(13) Advanced 21 and older

Wines of North America

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Unlock the secrets of North American wines at the renowned San Francisco Wine School. Explore the rich history, diverse climates, and unique wine styles of California, Oregon, Washington, and more. Immerse yourself in this immersive workshop and take your wine knowledge to new heights.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Zinfandels of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the fascinating world of Zinfandel, California's iconic grape variety, and its genetic relatives from Italy, Croatia, and beyond. Discover the diverse characteristics of Zinfandel across international regions through a guided tasting of five to six wines. Perfect for wine enthusiasts and those looking to enhance their tasting skills and knowledge.

(13) All levels 21 and older

Blind Tasting Thick-Skinned Red Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Refine your tasting skills with Master Sommelier David Glancy as you dissect thick-skinned red wines in this advanced blind tasting workshop. From jammy to tannic, explore the nuances of each grape variety and unravel the distinctions between regional and varietal identities across major wine-producing regions worldwide. Ideal for those seeking to deepen their understanding of wine and elevate their tasting expertise.

(13) Advanced 21 and older
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Reviews for Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago are rated 4.7 stars based on 300 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine

    Reviewed by Barb W. on 2/25/2024
    Entertaining. Super informative! Fun and well paced! Would recommend to wine and history lovers as well as non-lovers who want to learn and come away with a new appreciation!
  • Wine Making for Two

    Anonymous review on 1/30/2022
    The instructor, Greg, was amazing! Funny, informative, and helpful. We really enjoyed the class and we’re looking forward to our wine bottling!
  • Wine Making for Two

    Reviewed by Gail G. on 2/10/2020
    The class was Great! Just enough information and background to get me interested but not so much that I was impatient to start making wine! Perfect balance. I can't wait to taste the wine. The only suggestion I would make would be for course horse, I did not know you could order your wine kit ahead of time, if it was mentioned I missed it and would like to see tidbits like that have a more prominent place in the description. It was a great experience and I would do it again. Gail
  • Wine Making for Two

    Reviewed by MARISA P. on 11/24/2019
    Amazing experience. Love it. Will deff be going back.
  • Wine Making for Two

    Reviewed by Kathleen E. on 4/21/2019
    This was such a fun class! We learned about wine making while sipping on wine and then got to make our own with the kit we purchased. I'm excited to go back and bottle the wine. I'd recommend this class to all wine lovers.
  • Wine Making for Two

    Reviewed by Juliette A. on 2/4/2018
    Really fun class and the instructor was very knowledgable.
  • Wine Making for Two

    Reviewed by Courtney N. on 11/27/2016
    This was my favorite coursehorse class yet. So informative, and at the end of the process (still need to go back for racking and bottling), you get to bring home two cases of wine that you made!!! I would recommend this class to anyone who loves wine.

Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Wine has become increasingly popular in the US over the last decade. Wine drinkers are estimated to consume 2.8 gallons of wine per year on average. The beverage’s rise in popularity is thanks to the introduction of online wine retailers who will ship bottles to your door along with the exponential growth of American wine production, and the drink’s health benefits. 

The first traces of a wine-like substance were found in 60-million-year-old fossils. Different cultures contributed to the production of wine across history, finding the best ways to de-stem, crush, and ferment varieties of wine grapes. As the production of wine evolved, so too did the way people enjoy wine. Wine tastings are evident in the writings of Greek philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. Wine enthusiasts since have come up with formalized the wine tasting process. 

There are wine tasting classes available across the US that can teach you about the wine tasting process and how to assess the quality of wine. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting in Chicago

Wine tastings can help broaden your palate. Many people try a specific type of wine and never branch out to other varieties. Attending a wine tasting will introduce you to several wines you may have not tried otherwise. An instructor will help you pick out flavor notes in the wines you try, which can help you find other wines that pique your tastebuds. 

Wine tastings are also great social activities. They encourage conversation with others at the tasting and can be attended as a fun group activity. Wine tastings are often booked by couples on Valentine’s Day or as anniversary dates. They also make good corporate events if your business or organization is looking to schedule an event to encourage socialization. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes & Schools in Chicago

Wineries, community centers, and restaurants around the Chicago area host in-person wine tastings. Wine tastings are led by experts, or sommeliers, who can teach you the basic principles of wine tasting and tell you about the history behind the wines you are trying. Classes may provide you with general wine knowledge and vintage-specific knowledge. 

For a casual night of wine tasting check out Raise a Glass, a happy hour experience provided by The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square. You’ll receive a mini-lesson on the history of wine as you snack on wine-friendly foods. Your tasting will include several wines and all wines purchased during the tasting will be 10% off. 

Region-specific and history-focused classes are also available. The Chopping Block offers the class, Wine Lands of Spain, which discusses Spain’s wine heritage across the globe and a tasting of six Spanish wines. History buffs are welcome to join their War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine class. This two-hour class will walk you through the history of World War II and the role that wine played in France’s resistance movement. 

The Discovery Center, located in Irving Park, hosts a wine tasting and appreciation class for in-experienced and experienced wine tasters alike. You’ll expand your palate and wine vocabulary in this workshop. Come prepared with your questions about vintages, pairings, and more, as your instructor will be happy to answer them. 

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes & Schools

In-person wine tastings are a hands-on way to learn about and try new and flavorful wines. They also provide you with the chance to meet other wine enthusiasts. However, you may not have time in your schedule to attend an in-person class. If that’s the case, virtual wine tasting classes might interest you. Virtual classes are taught by live instructors who are wine experts. They’ll be able to answer your questions while informing you about the session's tasting choices. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers a large number of online wine tasting classes. Some classes focus on wines from specific regions while others introduce several different wines and the process of wine tasting. If you’re new to wine tastings and would like to be led through the process, sign up for their Wine 101 class. In this class, you’ll taste six different wines while focusing on the structure of the wine and the main grape varieties. 

If you’re interested in tasting and learning about wines from different countries, the San Francisco Wine School can provide you with an introduction to Italian wines and an introduction to French wines. You can find the other introductory courses the school offers on CourseHorse. 

You can also take virtual tasting classes focused on other types of alcoholic beverages. The San Francisco Wine School, for example, offers a class on beer and sake, and Whisky Gourmet hosts a Cognac tasting class

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Is your business or organization interested in scheduling a wine tasting as a socialization event for your team? Or are you and a group of friends looking for a fun activity to do together over the weekend? CourseHorse offers private group wine tasting classes that they can deliver to you.

CourseHorse offers two different virtual wine tasting workshops. The first workshop features wine from Spain, Italy, New Zealand, and California. The second workshop features a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Spanish Rosé, and a Californian Pinot Noir.Both classes can accommodate up to 500 people. 

For groups interested in learning about wine and cheese, CourseHorse offers a virtual wine and cheese workshop. The instructor of your class will teach you about the methods used to produce wine and cheese and how to elevate your conversation about the two. All participants in this class must be over the age of 21. 

CourseHorse supplies your group with all necessary class materials. Bottles of wine and food pairings will be shipped to each participant once participant addresses have been submitted to the fulfillment team. 

You can use the contact form on CourseHorse’s website to inquire about what other wine tasting classes they can offer you and your group. You can ask them about specific vintages or pairings and discuss the size of your group to ensure that they can accommodate it. If you don’t know the size of your group when booking a class with CourseHorse, you can provide them with the minimum group size and update your headcount later. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class. There is a $150 rescheduling fee if you reschedule less than 48 hours in advance. It’s recommended that you take your class using Zoom. CourseHorse can accommodate WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Google if you provide them with the meeting details.

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