Classes

Class is in session!

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Class is in session! We offer regular sessions of wine classes with one goal in mind – to increase your enjoyment of wine with a little bit of knowledge. Our fun and educational classes let you in on some of the insider knowledge on the language that wine professionals use, how we taste wine, and information on wine from around the world.  All of this will help you navigate wine lists and wine shop shelves with the confidence that you’ll get the wine you are looking for. Along with our popular ‘First Course: Introduction to Wine’ class, we’re constantly adding and growing our series of classes to allow y’all to continue to develop your wine knowledge and be an educated consumer.

For our classes, we wanted to ensure that the personal touches and attention to detail you’ve come to expect from us are maintained. We kept the class size small – 12 people maximum – so you get more of our attention and can feel at ease asking questions, and you’ll leave with an informational booklet which reviews the class material.

You can check out the current offering of classes and see live availablity online! Private classes are also available, where you can choose from any of the classes that we currently offer. Just give us a shout or email us to set one up.

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Current Class Offerings

First Course: Introduction to Wine
Over the course of the casual yet informative 2-hour class, you’ll taste 5 different wines from around the globe paired carefully with samples of hors d’oeuvres. We’ll walk you through the basics of reading a wine label, pairing wine with food, and understanding the confusing language wine writers often use. You’ll also get unique, custom made class material to take home and review at your leisure. Read more about it and book your class online.

Second Course: The Pinot Class
Pinot Noir is one of the most delicate grapes in the world, with unique characteristics and qualities that define the elegant wines it produces. However, there’s much more to this grape than just the noble name. In this class you’ll learn about the history of Pinot Noir and its offspring – Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, and others – as well as the regions in which it thrives, and what makes each glass of Pinot Noir inspiring and delicious. Read more about it and book your class online.

Second Course: Wine & Cheese Pairing
This brand new class to the shop includes a flight of 5 very different wines and 5 very different cheeses from our friends at Orrman’s Cheese Shop in North Raleigh. The course starts with a little information on cheese itself- touching on the styles of cheese and how it’s made. We’ll focus on why certain wines work well with certain cheeses and other foods and general pairing guidelines to make your wine and food taste even better! We will also cover how to build a perfect cheese board or charcuterie plate for a crowd. Read more about it and book your class here.

Second Course: Introduction to Sparkling Wine
Just in time for the holidays, we’ve added a special class all about sparkling wines! Bubbles are fun and festive, always a crowd pleaser, and perfect for celebrating, but sparkling wine is also one of the best beverages to pair and have on hand as an everyday choice in your cellar. From Prosecco to Champagne, we’ll cover how the sparkling wines are made, as well as the regions from where they come and the grapes from which they are made, and smell and taste the differences in aromas and flavors of each of the wines sampled. Read more about it and book your class online.

Additional Courses

Although we have a rotating schedule of classes that are currently available to book your seat now on our website, we’re always happy to provide any of our previous, additional courses for those that are interested. We do not have these classes on our schedule, but if you’re interested in any of the classes listed below, then just give us a shout and we’ll be happy to work with you.  

Second Course: Wines of the Rhone Valley
For this regional class, we’re focusing on the Rhone Valley in the south of France. It is a beautiful and diverse region that produces a spectrum of wine from everyday table wine to some of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world. We’ll take you on a journey from the North to the South as we talk about the people, the culture, the history, and of course, the wines for which the region is known. Read more about the class here.

Second Course: Wines of Piedmont, Italy
Whether it’s everyday drinking reds from the Langhe, Cortese from the esteemed Gavi di Gavi, or Nebbiolo from one of the most distinguished wine regions in the world, Barolo, Piedmont is full of unique wines and a fascinating culture. We’ll tour through this Northern Italian region and explore the diverse styles of wines and some of the most important and food-friendly grapes grown in the world.  Read more about the class here.