Private Wine & Spirits Tasting Classes

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Gather a group of friends or family and spend an evening with Jerry as he guides you through a tasting that is both fun and educational. Classes last about two hours and include the wines or spirits for the evening along with small samplings of foods designed to enhance the class, lecture materials and tasting notes. We can accommodate classes sizes from 6 to 10 guests. To schedule a tasting email us. For potential class topics, see below although we are happy to design a class just for your group if there is something you're interested in learning more about. 

Classes

Wine 101 - designed to familiarize the guests with common wine terms, basic varietals, production methods, flavor profiles and the traditions associated with the world of wine in a casual environment with none of the snobbery associated with drinking this century old beverage. We'll start with something sparkling then taste through three whites and three reds. $79 per student

New York's Wine Growing Regions - whether it's Riesling from the Finger Lakes, Merlot from the North Fork of Long Island, Ice Wine from the Niagara Escarpment or anything in between, everyone agrees New York is the fastest growing and most dynamic wine region in the country! Join us as we take a tour around our great state, sampling its wines along the way. $79 per student

Distilling 101 - ever wonder how distilling actually works? What's a deflegmator?  Why do we even have to distill spirits? Learn the basics of taking a simple starting material such as corn, rye and barley and turning them into the ethereal elixir we call bourbon. The class will taste through a variety of spirits while discussing how they are made. $79 per student

Myth Busters - designed to disprove so many of the myths and misnomers about wine that we commonly believe to be true...opening a bottle to let it breathe, wine in screw tops is cheap, etc.  The tasting is done blind and I think will shock you once some of the bottles are revealed!  As much fun as it is educational, we guarantee you'll leave this class with a new appreciation for this centuries old beverage. $79 per student

Component Tasting - developing a wine vocabulary is one of the toughest things to establish as you're starting to really taste wine. A component tasting is designed to highlight specific components in wine so that you can begin to identify and speak confidently about what you're tasting. The class will learn about the seven most common wine components and two common flaws we can easily detect in our favorite bottle.  $79 per student

Regional Classes: these classes are $89 per student and feature a minimum of seven wines which best define the wine region being discussed

California from South to North

The Wines of the Willamette Valley

A Quick Tour of Italy

Burgundy vs Bordeaux

Spain & Portugal

Again, if there's a region or topic your group would really like to explore, please email us and we'll design a class just for you.