Sip and Savor at These Wine Classes

By Taryn Lachter

Wine can be enjoyed by anyone, and it’s easy to drink a bottle without really understanding what you’re tasting, however, it’s one of those things that gets better the more you know. Many people are intimidated by the entire subject of wine and vineyards and fermenting, but it doesn’t have to be scary! There are so many places right here in your neighborhood that will teach you as much as you want to know.


Not everyone is cut out to be a sommelier, but wouldn’t you like to impress your friends by expertly ordering the wine when you go to dinner? Check out any of the courses below to up your knowledge about wine, and see what you can learn!

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is a well-known restaurant and bar in the city but they do more than just serve you great meals. They’ve got an entire calendar of classes and tastings to help you indulge and inform yourself about the wines of the world. Each class is different, featuring a different variety of wine or food pairing, but the best class for beginners is Wine 101. In this hour and a half long seminar, you’ll learn the basics and discover the nuances and flavors that make wine so wonderful. You’ll leave feeling confident in your ability to choose a quality bottle for any occasion. $75

Chelsea Wine Vault

has one main goal- to help you learn about and enjoy the beauty of wine. Their classes span a wide variety, and they even have Weekend Wine School that focus on fun categories like Summer Wines, or wines of America for the 4th of July. The classes during the week revolve around “101s” to show you the ropes on learning everything there is to know about wines. They range in price, time and subject so check their calendar often to find the right class for you. Starting at $25

New York Vintners

provide some of the coolest and most unique classes in the city that range from basic to exclusive in their level of knowledge and intensity. They do great classes on pairings with different foods like cheese, pizza and even Korean BBQ, but also provide education on single varieties of wine. These fill up fast so go claim your seat now and get yourself a wine education! $75

NYC Wine Company

is the best choice if you are looking for a true and serious education in the art of wine. Their sessions are a little bit more expensive but they get down to the very basics of wine, how it’s grown, how to choose it and so on. Their Wine 101 class will teach you everything you need to know, and then if you’re still yearning for more, you can check out any of their regional seminars which focus on wines from particular geographical areas. There are also special seminars that focus on the wine and culinary contributions from various regions, if you’re looking for something a little different. $90


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