Treat Yourself (or Someone Else)
Saturdays: January 22, 29 | 4pm-5:15pm
The more we spend, the more we expect. It's human nature, and there's a logic to it. But with wine, it's tricky. Taste is subjective, while assessing quality on a scale of 1-10 is a dark art at best, and certainly not verifiable.
I started writing the description above, then realized I was going down a rabbit hole with no end, so I'll cut to the chase. Spending more is no guarantee of, well, more. But having tasted countless wines over the past year, I've compiled a list of six bottles that made me sit back in my chair. Wines that offer balance, complexity, and maybe even a dose of intrigue.
We'll taste them, talk about them, and explore their origins. I'll tell you why I think they're special, what went into making them, and how to find other wines that are similar, but different. That is, after all, what it's all about: finding your wheelhouse, then rooting around within.
This class is for anyone interested in exploring delicious wine. No previous experience required, just a love for all things good and great. Please join us.
- We will meet two times, with each session covering three wines, and lasting for around 75 minutes. The $45 registration fee covers both sessions.
- All classes are recorded, and links are emailed after class, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
- A few weeks before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
- Class reservations can always be rescheduled up until the start of the first class.
- We will taste a total of six very special wines (three per session). There are several ways to source the wines, as listed below.
- The designated 6-pack for this class can be ordered from our retail partner, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, and costs $255 (plus tax & shipping). To order, please click here. The wines will be shipped approximately two weeks before the start of class.
The Upside Of Zoom
Fortunately, Covid seems to be in the rearview mirror, but until fifteen people can cram together in a small space, the show must go on (via Zoom). Happily, there are many upsides to virtual classes. These include, but are not limited to:
- If you miss class, you can always watch the recording.
- Rather than meeting once, we’ll meet thrice. This allows more time to absorb information, let it sink in, then ask questions the next time we meet. You’ll be a pro in no time!
- Teaching wine requires the use of words, but pictures are equally important. With Zoom, you can expect graphs, maps, and lots of pretty pictures.
- We welcome questions and input during class, but if you’re shy, or have questions you’re afraid to ask, simply type into the chat bar and we’ll get you some answers.
- You can see us, and we’d like to see you, but if you’d rather be incognito, or do your best learning in your pajamas, you can always turn your camera off.
- When I teach in person, I often poll students for their preferences and opinions, and will ask for a show of hands. But sometimes, people are tepid to respond, or they vote after watching how other people vote. It’s human nature, of course, but with polling on Zoom, no reason to hold back. If you love the wine, flash the heart emojis. Or, if it was worst wine you’ve ever had, we want to know!
- You’ll have tons of leftover wine to drink. In class, you’ll taste a couple ounces of each wine, but each bottle has 25.4 ounces. That leaves a lot of ounces for after hours consumption.