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Any Class, Anytime - $90
Any 4 Classes - $280
 
Wine 101 One Night
Saturday, Jan 09 (Wine 101)
Thursday, Jan 14 (Wine 101)
Friday, Jan 15 (Wine 101)
Thursday, Jan 28 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Jan 30 (Wine 101)
Friday, Feb 05 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Feb 20 (Wine 101)
Friday, Feb 26 (Wine 101)
 
14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night
Saturday, Dec 19 (14.7)
 
Regional Wine Explorations
Italy - North to South (Jan 08)
France - Making Sense of it All (Jan 22)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Jan 29)
Italy - North to South (Feb 04)
Wines of Croatia & Hungary (Feb 06)
Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Feb 18)
France - Making Sense of it All (Mar 12)
The Hidden California (Mar 26)
 
Special Food & Wine Seminars
Big, Bold Reds (Jan 16)
Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon (Jan 23)
Focus on Red (Feb 12)
Inimitable Island Wines (Feb 13)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Feb 19)
South of the Border (Feb 27)
Warm Climate | Cool Climate (Mar 05)
Focus on Red (Mar 19)
 

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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 (for others, or yourself!), 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!

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- 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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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.
- Andrew takes on beer in Food & Wine magazine.
- Holiday wine shopping advice in Business Insider magazine.

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Any 4 Classes - $280
Price: $280

Save $80 when you buy four classes for $280 ($70 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.
- Andrew takes on beer in Food & Wine magazine.
- Holiday wine shopping advice in Business Insider 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.

Saturday, Jan 09 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, January 9
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

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Thursday, Jan 14 (Wine 101)
Date: Thursday, January 14
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Jan 15 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, January 15
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Thursday, Jan 28 (Wine 101)
Date: Thursday, January 28
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Jan 30 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, January 30
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Feb 05 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, February 5
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Feb 20 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, February 20
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

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Friday, Feb 26 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, February 26
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night
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A veritable around-the-world tasting of wine and cheese! Rather than focus on one particular country or theme, we feature wines from around the globe, with many from up-and-coming areas such as South Africa, South America, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. In turn, each pair is mated to a specific cheese, chosen for its compatibility with the wines, all sourced from Murray’s Cheese Shop, one of the best purveyors in the country.

Ultimately, tasting wines in pairs helps to demonstrate what makes wines different from one another, while also helping you discover your own preferences. Of course, we also highlight the grapes used, the climate, and the production method for each wine served. In addition, we’ll discuss how to find wines similar to the ones tasted, thus allowing you to discover new bottles, suited to your specific palate, every day of the week. We hope you can join us!

NB - While all of our events are relaxed and engaging affairs, this particular one is much more of a ‘social tasting’ than it is a ‘class’. Of course, you will still learn about wine, cheese, and your own palate, but if you wish to lean more towards the education side, we highly recommend the ‘Wine 101’ to start.

Saturday, Dec 19 (14.7)
Date: Saturday, December 19
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.

Italy - North to South (Jan 08)
Date: Friday, January 8
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 (Jan 22)
Date: Friday, January 22
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM -9:00 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 artisinal cheeses and pate de compagne will also make a definite appearance.

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Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Jan 29)
Date: Friday, January 29
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 (Feb 04)
Date: Thursday, February 4
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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Wines of Croatia & Hungary (Feb 06)
Date: Saturday, February 6
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

Important Notice - Understandably, some people may see Hungary and Croatia and assume the class will feature esoteric wines that may be "interesting", yet unlikely to be purchased by you anytime soon. These wines, however, represent some of the most dynamic, interesting, and delicious wines available today. If you like Sancerre, lively Rieslings, or crisps Albarinos, you'll fall for the whites of both countries. if you like classic Rioja, Barolo, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this class will be an epiphany. I merely wanted to clarify that these wines are delicious, and not a collection of old-fashioned oddities. Indeed, the names may be hard to pronounce, yet the juice goes down easy.

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Despite a longstanding cultural tradition of winemaking, few modern wine drinkers have ever heard of Croatia. Alas, that is about to change! In this country, the Mediterranean meets the Dinaric Alps meets the Adriatic. With such diversity, it's no surprise that influential wine critics such as Robert Parker, Oz Clarke, and Jancis Robinson, have taken note this nation's wines.

Cliff Rames will be co-hosting this class with me. He is the Sommelier at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza as well as a 'Certified Specialist of Wine' (CSW). More importantly, he is Croatian, the real deal, and on his most recent trip in November he sourced out many distinct, special bottlings, some of which we will taste. Most of all, he is a professional colleague and friend whom I have known for years and I can attest that his passion for wine is nonpareil. As the founder of Wines of Croatia, he spends much of his free time promoting the wines of this nation, as he did most recently as a guest on Wine Library TV, with Gary Vaynerchuck. Cliff will discuss the grapes and wine regions of this Central European land, as well as the link between Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Croatia, along with other little known, but incredibly illuminating tales of Croatia's wine history.

Andrew Harwood, founder of NYC Wine Company, takes you across the border from Croatia into Hungary, whose equally inimitable tradition of winemaking will be showcased. Andrew, having worked as a winemaker in Tokaj, will give you the low down on the storied wines of this fabled zone, while also sharing his other favorite grapes and regions such as Bull's Blood, Furmint, Harslevelű, Kekfrankos, Kadarka and more.

Of course, your wine exploration to Croatia and Hungary will be enhanced by a selection of cured meats, perfectly aged cheeses, and, of course, the ubiquitous 'more'. So invite a friend(s) and discover the rich history and winemaking culture of Croatia and Hungary - you are bound to fall in love with one of these regions and wonder where these unique, inimitable wines have been your whole life.

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Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Feb 18)
Date: Thursday, February 18
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
Price: $90

Nobody makes more wine than Italy. Not only is the quantity staggering, so is the breadth of styles, grapes, production methods, and more. Yet for this evening, the focus will be solely on Tuscany, one of the greatest, and surely most storied, of all Italian wine provinces. In addition to the many intriguing wines from this zone, we will also sample Italian cured hams and cheeses, some from Tuscany as well as others from beyond to add perspective.

When we offer courses on Italy, it is always difficult to decide which wines make the cut, with so many inimitable wines to consider. When we focus on Tuscany alone, however, it's a bit easier. We'll sample Sangiovese, the dominant grape in Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, and many more. Included will be Super Tuscans, the non-conformist offerings made with everything from Cabernet to Merlot to Syrah and beyond. In addition, we'll sample a couple unique dry whites which, even if you favor reds, will likely impress. Finally, to make it interesting, some wines will be served blind, allowing you to decide, without knowing price nor pedigree, if they are worth adding to your cellar, or best left on the store shelf. We hope you'll join us.

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France - Making Sense of it All (Mar 12)
Date: Saturday, March 12
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

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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The Hidden California (Mar 26)
Date: Saturday, March 26
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

California produces a tremendous quantity of wine, eleven times that of Washington State, in fact, its closest US rival in terms of volume. And yet, prices have never been higher. While I can neither explain nor justify this reality, I can offer valuable insights on where to look, what to look for, and whose wine to consider if you want to drink California, yet prefer to use your rent money for rent rather than wine.

We'll sample Cabernet Sauvignons from places like Paso Robles, Zinfandels from Dry Creek Valley, rich and supple Merlots from Sonoma Valley, and other varieties, such as Petite Sirah, from the Santa Cruz Mountains and beyond. We'll compare these wines with similar examples from Washington State and Oregon, both of whom offer wines that easily compete with those from the Golden State, and often surpass them, especially in the under $20 range. And of course, you'll also taste artisanal, handmade cheeses from all along the west coast, and see if the maxim "What grows together, goes together" actually holds up.

While the names of these producers may be new to you, they have been plying their craft for decades, and would be truly grateful for your support. Best of all, many of the wines we will taste are available in NYC, but first, you just need to know they're here. We hope you can attend.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

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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.

Big, Bold Reds (Jan 16)
Date: Saturday, January 16
Location: 167 W. 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

Wines from the "New World" are easy to like. Places like California, Australia, and Argentina, tend to produce wines which are fruit forward and often, quite rich when compared to those from places like Burgundy in France, or Rioja, Spain, both from the 'Old World'. Ultimately, these big & bold bottlings have become extremely popular due to their pure hedonistic pleasure, yet they can also tax the wallet. Furthermore, wines fashioned in this seductive style are not limited to the aforementioned locales. Spain, Italy, even France all crank out examples, yet you need to know where to look.

This class will discuss not only which regions and producers to look for, but also where you'll find some of the best bargains, a category that has become an ever faster moving target, but one which we'll help you zero in on in your search for full-bodied and decadent red wines. Lastly, while every red will be big and bold, each will be selected for its unique character, thus allowing you to decide which are, and which are not, worthy of your dollars.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

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Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon (Jan 23)
Date: Saturday, January 23
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

This grape variety is known the world over. It forms the backbone for many of the densest, longest-lived reds anywhere on the planet. Its wines tend to be big, full-bodied, and in need of at least a few years in the cellar (or closet, under the bed...). Despite these characteristics, however, this can be a versatile grape. This is exhibited most clearly when tasting a line-up of wines from numerous locales; Cabernet Sauvignon, when grown in South Africa, tastes different than its brethren raised in Bordeaux, or the Napa Valley, or in Tuscany. We will sample wines from these regions and many more, including Australia and a few unexpected zones.

We will also taste Cabernet Franc as well as Sauvignon Blanc, the two of which collectively form the parentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes, grapes, like people, have parents, and through tasting these two varieties, one can better understand the complexity of their child - the Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape that offers up dense and spicy flavors of green and black pepper, black currant, and even lead pencil. Prices of the bottles will range from hidden gems around $14 up to $60. As always, a full complement of breads, olives, cheeses, & meats will be served. We hope to see you.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

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Focus on Red (Feb 12)
Date: Friday, February 12
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.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

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Inimitable Island Wines (Feb 13)
Date: Saturday, February 13
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

When you think of the islands, you likely think of lobster for breakfast, Ban de Soleil and a nap for lunch, and Pina Coladas at midnight. Islands, however, are also home to many of the world's most incredible, distinct, and enjoyable wines. It's all about geography, since islands are surrounded by water, they invariably have cool night time temperatures, which helps retain acidity, while if the latitude is right, they also receive plenty of sun to develop plenty of flavor, be it fruit, mineral, or whatever the grape and soil dictate.

Alas, while the best island wines all benefit from the dichotomy of warm days & cool nights, much diversity can be found amongst them. Examples to be poured in class include rich, beautiful Pinot Noirs and zesty Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, mineral-laced, refreshing whites from Santorini, Greece, Cannonau (grenache) from Sardinia (where it likely originated), and more. also to be featured are wines from the island of Madeira, where some of the world's most distinct, legendary wines are produced. They are also some of the longest-lived wines, with examples dating back to the mid 1700's still drinking beautifully. We will offer at least one example of at least 30 years of age.

And of course, our very own Long Island will be featured. Yet this will be no token admission, nor consolation prize for the home team. We will pour wines that deserve attention for being delicious, and for no other reason whatsoever. As always, cheese, charcuterie, etc. will be served. We are most excited about this class, and hope you will join us. Thank you for your consideration.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

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Napa vs. Bordeaux (Feb 19)
Date: Friday, February 19
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 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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South of the Border (Feb 27)
Date: Saturday, February 27
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

Not the Rio Grande, nor the fireworks bonanza tucked between the Carolinas, but rather the equator. We'll taste and discuss well known regions such as Mendoza and Barossa, while also highlighting the lesser known, many of which provide some of the world's best wine values today.

Malbec from Argentina burst onto the scene about ten years ago, and is loved by many, and for good reason, yet once you try Carmenere from Chile, you may rethink the next time you reach for a Malbec (we'll taste both). And when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa and Bordeaux won't be alone in your mind once you've tasted what South Africa does with the grape. And if you like Sancerre, or any clean, crisp, lively white wines, then South Africa's Chenin Blancs will take you by storm.

As for Australia and New Zealand, sure to be tasted are some exciting Shiraz from South Australia and the lively Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand, yet these staples aren't the last word from these two wine producing juggernauts. Like South Africa, Australia also turns out beautiful Cabernet Sauvignons, some ripe and full-bodied, others more classic and firm, like good Bordeaux. The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been getting better and better at crafting rich, yet food-friendly Pinot Noirs from Central Otago (south island) and elsewhere.

These wines and many more will be sampled. If none of these are familiar to you, even better. This will be a great insider's look into the classics, as well as the hidden gems, from the Southern Hemispheres most heralded wine regions.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

*** Class Full ***
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Warm Climate | Cool Climate (Mar 05)
Date: Saturday, March 5
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

A maddening thing, wine. With so many details to consider, and so many choices available, it’s a wonder anyone drinks the stuff. But shopping for wine need not be a dizzying affair. Yes, there are myriad things to consider; grape, region, producer, etc. Unfortunately, the element most often overlooked is also one of the most important: climate.

In this class, we will taste and discuss how climate impacts wine, and how to use that information to find the wines best suited to your palate. With side by side comparisons, you will see that Chardonnay grown in California, and Chardonnay from Chablis in France, could not be more different. Those from the golden state tend to be buttery, rich, and round, while examples from Chablis tend to be crisp, clean, and with enough acid to shred the enamel from your teeth.

Naturally, the same prinicple applies to red wines. A bottle of Syrah from France’s Cornas region is typically firm and taut, you can feel the drying tannins. Most Aussie examples, however, tend to be rich, smooth and velvety, and loaded with sweet, ripe fruit. The difference? Australia gets more sun, it’s warmer, the grapes spend more time on the vine.

Best of all, these principles apply to all wines, from all regions. So once you recognize your preference, cool climate or warm, you’re much better equipped to pick bottles you’ll enjoy, even if you’ve never heard of the grape, or the region. How? One key clue: the alcohol level. This, and more, will be discussed in this exploration of sun, heat, and vines.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

*** Class Full ***
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Focus on Red (Mar 19)
Date: Saturday, March 19
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

*** Class Location: Back Label Wine Merchants, 111 West 20th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) ***

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.

As always, an array of beautiful breads, meats, and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.

*** Class Full ***
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