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Any Class, Anytime - $90
Any 4 Classes - $260
 
Wine 101 One Night
Friday, April 18 (Wine 101)
Thursday, April 24 (Wine 101)
Saturday, May 03 (Wine 101)
Friday, May 16 (Wine 101)
 
16 Wines, 8 Cheeses, 1 Night
Friday, May 02 (16.8)
Saturday, May 17 (16.8)
 
Regional Wine Explorations
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Apr 25)
Italy - North to South (May 09)
France - Making Sense of it All (May 10)
 
Special Food & Wine Seminars
Focus on Red (April 19)
Focus on Red (May 30)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (May 31)
Sake Seminar (June 14)
Sake Seminar (Sept 13)
 

Gifts & Promotions
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When you choose wine classes as a gift, you’re giving someone a relaxing night out, a memorable experience, and an education in wine – something that not only helps others enjoy what they like, but also eliminates the fear and intimidation associated with it. Best of all, classes are offered year round, both weekdays and weekends.

Any Class, Anytime - $90
Price: $90

The 'Anytime' certificate is our most popular gift, allowing the recipient to choose their class and date. When ordering, you can enter gift information on our secure payment site. Don't hesitate to call with any questions or requests. Or save a few more bucks with one of our 4-packs!

Details

- Classes may be rescheduled up to 3 days before the class
- Credits never expire and are transferrable
- Valid for all classes up to $90

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- A few photos of the school and class in progress.
- A short video about us and our venue.

Press

- Named as a 'Critic's Pick' in New York magazine.
- Andrew talks value wines in the Daily News.
- Andrew divulges 'How to Host a Wine Party' in Woman's Day.
- Andrew's primer on the basics from Allure magazine.


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Any 4 Classes - $260
Price: $260

Save $120 when you buy four classes for $260 ($65 each) rather than the usual $360 ($90 each). Then simply call or email with your invoice number and we'll add you to the class roster(s) of your choosing. Don't hesitate to call with any questions or requests. Makes a great gift.

Details

- Use in any combination; 4 people in a class, 2 people in two, etc.
- Classes may be rescheduled up to 3 days before the class
- Credits never expire and are transferrable
- Valid for all classes up to $90

Video & Photos

- A few photos of the school and class in progress.
- A short video about us and our venue.

Press

- Named as a 'Critic's Pick' in New York magazine.
- Andrew talks value wines in the Daily News.
- Andrew divulges 'How to Host a Wine Party' in Woman's Day.
- Andrew's primer on the basics from Allure magazine.


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Wine 101 One Night
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The Wine 101 class promises, at a minimum, you will taste a dozen unique wines, sample artisanal cheeses from Murray's Cheese, and leave with a keen sense of what makes wines different along with a better understanding of not only what you like, but also why you like it. While that may seem sufficient for two hours, we aim for more. In this, one of our most popular offerings, we hope you will develop a newfound admiration for this incredible product of nature while tasting the differences in body, tannin, and sweetness of wines.

Wine has been with us for millennia, and while it can seem a daunting subject, it should not be. We will explore numerous regions of the world as well as briefly discuss how grapes grow and how wine is made (perhaps the most exciting part of the class, honestly). We believe that wine should be enjoyed by all on a regular basis. We help get you there.

Friday, April 18 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, April 18
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Thursday, April 24 (Wine 101)
Date: Thursday, April 24
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, May 03 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, May 3
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, May 16 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, May 16
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
Price: $90

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16 Wines, 8 Cheeses, 1 Night
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This event used to be called 20 Wines, 10 Cheeses, 1 Night. Numerous runs of this course, however, proved that this was simply overkill, more so for the students than for us. Fear not, the spirit of it is the same, and it is an exciting event to attend. In this class, we serve eight pairs of wines, a number of which will be from up-and-coming areas around the world such as South Africa, South America, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. Each pair will contain wines from either the same region or same grape. The two wines will be similar yet with at least one differentiating factor to distinguish them. I will briefly highlight the grapes used, the climate, and the production method for each wine served.

Through this you will learn about what makes wines different while also discovering your own preferences. And yes, maybe you will like both wines in each pair, maybe neither, that is part of the journey that is this class. Along with each wine poured we will discuss wines that are similar to the one tasted and are readily available in most stores. You will then have a list of wines that you know will either offer pleasure or should be avoided. In addition, each pair of wines will be accompanied by an artisanal cheese chosen specifically for its compatibility with the wines. Through this you can learn about new and interesting cheeses as well as how to pair them with wines that you like. We really hope you can make it to this unique and exciting tasting forum.

Friday, May 02 (16.8)
Date: Friday, May 2
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, May 17 (16.8)
Date: Saturday, May 17
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Price: $90

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Regional Wine Explorations
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Whether it is one of our always-popular-classes featuring Italy or France, or a never held before seminar on the wines grown in Hungary or South Africa, these classes focus on regions and therefore highlight wines that speak of place, and of course, the people who make them.

Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Apr 25)
Date: Friday, April 25
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

You could sample a new Spanish wine every night of the year and still not experience all the variety that this country produces. Each region has their own specialty. Rioja creates smoky, earthy, subtle reds with the Tempranillo grape, while the Priorat region makes rich, dense, powerful reds from the Garnacha variety. The Ribera del Duero also employs the Tempranillo grape, yielding wines bigger and more powerful than those of Rioja. And this is just a few of the reds we will try.

As for whites, Spain may not spring to mind, but it should. Whether it's the crisp, aromatic Albarino grape of Galicia, or the lemony & spritzy apertif wines from the Basque region's Txacoli zone, Spain has countless inimitable bottlings, with many at extremely favorable prices.

Spain alone easily fills an evening, yet Portugal, its neighbor, is equally deserving of attention. Here you will taste many full-bodied wines made from varieties both familiar and unknown. While often a bit more 'old world' in style, they offer an interesting counterpoint to Spain's offerings.

We will feast upon a cornucopia of Spanish meats, Marcona Almonds, Arbequina Olives, and some of the Iberian peninsula's most distinctive cheeses. We individually plate the evening's selection of cheeses for each guest. They are designed to complement the wines and we will discuss food and wine pairing, some rules, some traditions, and how to step outside them whenever you care to.


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Italy - North to South (May 09)
Date: Friday, May 9
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

Without question, Italy provides a staggering percentage of the world's most distinctive and exalted wines. In addition, the sheer breadth of styles they produce is equally impressive. From the minerally perfumed whites of the Tre Venezie and Val d'Aosta to the dark, powerful reds of Sicily and Campania, this country continues to be a formidable force in winemaking as it has been since before Romulus and Remus first found Rome.

Admittedly, the north has long dominated the wine scene in Italy, with the wines of Piedmont (Barolo, Barbaresco...), Veneto (Amarone...), and Alto Adige (Schiava, Lagrein...) joining suit with Tuscany (Brunello, Chianti...), yet the wines of the south are making their case and doing it well with their rich, distinctive offerings that taste of flowers, spice, and pepper all at once. From the south we will sample Primitivo, Salice Salentino, Taurasi, the gorgeous mineral and apricot scented wines of Campania, and others. These wines are all quite distinct from one another, yet collectively they present a vivid picture of Italy, and all it has to offer.

Which wines are worth hunting down and getting to know? We believe they all are, yet only you can decide as the bottles will speak for themselves on this night dedicated, ultimately, to all things Italian (including extraordinary artisanal cheeses & cured hams).


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France - Making Sense of it All (May 10)
Date: Saturday, May 10
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

French wines ooze intimidation; the language, no grape listed anywhere in sight, countless vineyards and producers, and all this at often exorbitant prices. Yet even in the face of these apparent obstacles, France is worthy of our attention. Why? Simply because they still continue to create so many of the world’s most intriguing, exotic, and individualistic wines.

France is the birthplace of most noble grape varieties we know today; Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and others. We will taste many of these grapes which have all been grown in their respective regions in France such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and others. The French classification system, based largely on the concept of regional identity, is actually a blessing once you understand the ideology behind it. If, for example, you taste Sancerre, or Hermitage, or Chambolle-Musigny, and you like the wine, then you can feel confident in buying other bottlings from that region, even if the producer or vintage is different from the one originally tasted. (maybe you will like it even better).

You are bound to fall in love with at least one of these wine-producing areas, especially after discovering the rich history and culture that are so much a part of what makes these wines unique. Of equal importance, we will address the basics of reading labels and other essentials in order to give you a deeper, more inherent understanding of these delicious products of nature. French artisanal cheeses and pate de compagne will also make a definite appearance.


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Special Food & Wine Seminars
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These classes typically focus on the wines and culinary contributions of one specific country or region. We discuss the history and importance of the wines and talk about how to pair them with various types of cuisine.

Focus on Red (April 19)
Date: Saturday, April 19
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $65
Special Price!

Even though white wines can be as "serious" and as complex as their counterparts in rouge, reds beckon to us in ways whites often do not, and I, too, fall prey as much as anyone to this call. If you welcome the bite of winter solely to find guilt-free solace in a rich, peppery Shiraz, or if you can find succor in a glass of red at day's end, never mind the season nor the forecast, this class is a must.

During this one evening seminar we will explore the basics of red wine production as well as highlight the qualities of the major red grape varieties. By understanding how Pinot Noir differs from Cabernet Sauvignon or from Nebbiolo, one begins to understand why the wines taste as they do and why they each exhibit such telltale personalities.

Furthermore, while we can only explore a specific number of regions and grapes in one evening, you will leave this class with a key understanding of why, for example, wines from Oregon and other cooler areas often taste as they do and why they tend to grow certain grapes over others. You will also taste and become familiar with some of the distinct flavors commonly noted in certain grapes such as the green pepper of Cabernet Franc, or the strawberry of Gamay, or the violets of Dolcetto.

And not to be left out...tannins. We will taste and discuss the role of tannins, how to detect them in wines, and how to begin the journey of knowing when to age, and when it's best to pull the cork. You can count on learning as much as we can possibly fit into one evening about red wines, their component parts, and the enormous variety they offer.


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Focus on Red (May 30)
Date: Friday, May 30
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

Even though white wines can be as "serious" and as complex as their counterparts in rouge, reds beckon to us in ways whites often do not, and I, too, fall prey as much as anyone to this call. If you welcome the bite of winter solely to find guilt-free solace in a rich, peppery Shiraz, or if you can find succor in a glass of red at day's end, never mind the season nor the forecast, this class is a must.

During this one evening seminar we will explore the basics of red wine production as well as highlight the qualities of the major red grape varieties. By understanding how Pinot Noir differs from Cabernet Sauvignon or from Nebbiolo, one begins to understand why the wines taste as they do and why they each exhibit such telltale personalities.

Furthermore, while we can only explore a specific number of regions and grapes in one evening, you will leave this class with a key understanding of why, for example, wines from Oregon and other cooler areas often taste as they do and why they tend to grow certain grapes over others. You will also taste and become familiar with some of the distinct flavors commonly noted in certain grapes such as the green pepper of Cabernet Franc, or the strawberry of Gamay, or the violets of Dolcetto.

And not to be left out...tannins. We will taste and discuss the role of tannins, how to detect them in wines, and how to begin the journey of knowing when to age, and when it's best to pull the cork. You can count on learning as much as we can possibly fit into one evening about red wines, their component parts, and the enormous variety they offer.


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Napa vs. Bordeaux (May 31)
Date: Saturday, May 31
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Price: $90

Both grow Cabernet Sauvignon, both are fiercely loyal to their region, and both create intense, complex, long-lived wines. Yet they are not the same. Bordeaux, with its centuries of history and ornate chateaux, claims restraint and finesse as well as power, yet by a judicious hand. The wines of Pauillac, Margaux, Graves, St Julien, Pomerol, St Emilion and St Estephe are all possible appearances.

As for Napa, they too have a rich history, yet it is one more of rags to riches than of landed gentry. Here, with their all too reliable sunshine and rainless summers, they craft wines that display purity of fruit, seamless tannins, soft mid-palates, and simply put, gobs of flavor. Both locales, however, offer up many exceptions to these stereotypes, leaving one to consider the producer and not the region alone.

We will taste a number of wines blind so you can decide without the label which you prefer. We will also sample wines of different price points to determine if the higher priced bottles are actually worth the added cost. Older vintages will also play a role with bottle prices for the tasting ranging from $20 to $50, possibly higher. We will accompany the wines with a number of perfectly aged cheeses, some French, some American.


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Sake Seminar (June 14)
Date: Saturday, June 14
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $65
Guest Speaker: Monica Samuels

By 2005, I had spent fifteen years in the wine & spirits industry, and I had tasted sake twice. Indeed I was ignorant, yet the real tragedy was simply how many evenings were passed without this extraordinary beverage. Yes it is unique. Yes it boasts a rich history. And without doubt, sake has myriad faces, from the simple to the complex, from delicate to heady. But what makes this beverage so extraordinary is that it just tastes so damn good. Period.

Whether a rich, undiluted Junmai Genshu or a light, delicate Daiginjo-shu, sake delivers flowers, minerals, melon, vanilla, apricots, and I haven't even started. Furthermore, sake has less acid than wine, giving it a smoother, more full-bodied mouthfeel, while still maintaining proper balance to finish clean and lively. Alas, if sake spells headaches and hangovers for you, odds are you got wasted on sake. And the last time I drank excessive volumes of wine, even fancy wine, I woke up and felt like hell. Aside from over-consumption, cheap sake can be found, and it may light your throat on fire, but have you ever had Carlo Rossi's 'Paisano' from a jug? It too is, well, a 'lively' beverage.

In addition to almost a dozen different sakes, we'll serve a number of cheeses and other foods known to mate well with this iconic Japanese beverage. You'll leave educated, rejuvenated, a little less sober than when you arrived, and without a trace of hangover come Sunday (unless you hammer down tequila shots on your way home....). We hope you can join us for this special and rare event.


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Sake Seminar (Sept 13)
Date: Saturday, September 13
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $65
Guest Speaker: Monica Samuels

By 2005, I had spent fifteen years in the wine & spirits industry, and I had tasted sake twice. Indeed I was ignorant, yet the real tragedy was simply how many evenings were passed without this extraordinary beverage. Yes it is unique. Yes it boasts a rich history. And without doubt, sake has myriad faces, from the simple to the complex, from delicate to heady. But what makes this beverage so extraordinary is that it just tastes so damn good. Period.

Whether a rich, undiluted Junmai Genshu or a light, delicate Daiginjo-shu, sake delivers flowers, minerals, melon, vanilla, apricots, and I haven't even started. Furthermore, sake has less acid than wine, giving it a smoother, more full-bodied mouthfeel, while still maintaining proper balance to finish clean and lively. Alas, if sake spells headaches and hangovers for you, odds are you got wasted on sake. And the last time I drank excessive volumes of wine, even fancy wine, I woke up and felt like hell. Aside from over-consumption, cheap sake can be found, and it may light your throat on fire, but have you ever had Carlo Rossi's 'Paisano' from a jug? It too is, well, a 'lively' beverage.

In addition to almost a dozen different sakes, we'll serve a number of cheeses and other foods known to mate well with this iconic Japanese beverage. You'll leave educated, rejuvenated, a little less sober than when you arrived, and without a trace of hangover come Sunday (unless you hammer down tequila shots on your way home....). We hope you can join us for this special and rare event.


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