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Any Class, Anytime - $90
 
Wine 101 One Night
Friday, September 09 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Sept 17 (Wine 101)
Friday, Sept 23 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Oct 01 (Wine 101)
 
14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night
Saturday, Dec 19 (14.7)
 
Regional Wine Explorations
France - Making Sense of it All (Sept 16)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Sept 24)
Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Oct 07)
Italy - North to South (Oct 15)
 
Special Food & Wine Seminars
Focus on Red (Sept 10)
Big, Bold Reds (Sept 22)
Focus on Red (Sept 30)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Oct 08)
Pairing with Food: Beer vs. Wine (Oct 22)
Pairing with Food: Beer vs. Wine (Nov 18)
 

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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

TO PURCHASE:

To purchase class credits, either for yourself, or as a gift, please visit our new website. Or, feel free to call us, 212.647.1875. Thank you!


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.

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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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.

Friday, September 09 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, September 9
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


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Saturday, Sept 17 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, September 17
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


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

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


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Saturday, Oct 01 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, October 1
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


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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

Please scroll up for course description. Thank you!

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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.

France - Making Sense of it All (Sept 16)
Date: Friday, September 16
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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 (Sept 24)
Date: Saturday, September 24
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Oct 07)
Date: Friday, October 7
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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Italy - North to South (Oct 15)
Date: Saturday, October 15
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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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 (Sept 10)
Date: Saturday, September 10
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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Big, Bold Reds (Sept 22)
Date: Thursday, September 22
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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Napa vs. Bordeaux (Oct 08)
Date: Saturday, October 8
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Price: $90

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

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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Pairing with Food: Beer vs. Wine (Oct 22)
Date: Saturday, October 22
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $80

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

Just like Clyde needed Bonnie, and Ernie needed Bert, food requires drink to be all that it can be. And by drink, we do mean alcohol. But wine isn’t the only tonic able to liven up a meal: Though beer has been produced for millennia, over the past twenty years, brewers have been pushing the envelope, turning malt, barley, and hops into elixirs unimaginable just a generation ago. Which means determining which beverage to pair with what food is more challenging than ever before.

Such was the genesis of this class, dedicated to food and drink, together in harmony. In this class, you will experience a succession of pairings designed to show off the unique abilities of each beverage with certain foods. And yet, while we seek a whole greater than the sum of its parts, certain couplings might intrigue you more than others; after all, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder. But at a minimum, we promise a fun exploration.

The "we" is me and Ethan Fixell, my friend and colleague. I know wine well, but beer? I just drink it. So I asked Ethan, a passionate beverage journalist and Certified Cicerone® to team up with me to host this special event. Ethan frequently writes about beer for Food & Wine, Tasting Table, Food Republic, and Quartz -- and has written about all types of beverages for Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Men’s Journal, and Saveur, among others. Ethan is also a comedian who has appeared on programs such as The Tonight Show and The Today Show. As such, you’ll not only eat and drink well, but will be entertained, too.

And if you aren't a cross-drinker already, saying "wine" when your friends say "beer," or vice versa, you absolutely don’t want to miss this special evening. We’ll duke it out to the end, until every bottle is empty.

What to expect:

4-5 Wines (white and red)
4-5 Beers (several styles, including pilsner, IPA, stout, and sour beers)
2-3 Artisan cheeses (from Murray’s)
2 In-house prepared dishes (ex. mini crabcakes, bratwurst)
Chocolate (TBD)
Grandaisy Bakery breads
Notes & handouts
Lively discussion


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Pairing with Food: Beer vs. Wine (Nov 18)
Date: Friday, November 18
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $80

TO REGISTER:

To register for this class (or any other other), please visit our new website.

When you reach the checkout page, enter code 'LWE20' for $20 off each seat purchased!


Class Description:

Just like Clyde needed Bonnie, and Ernie needed Bert, food requires drink to be all that it can be. And by drink, we do mean alcohol. But wine isn’t the only tonic able to liven up a meal: Though beer has been produced for millennia, over the past twenty years, brewers have been pushing the envelope, turning malt, barley, and hops into elixirs unimaginable just a generation ago. Which means determining which beverage to pair with what food is more challenging than ever before.

Such was the genesis of this class, dedicated to food and drink, together in harmony. In this class, you will experience a succession of pairings designed to show off the unique abilities of each beverage with certain foods. And yet, while we seek a whole greater than the sum of its parts, certain couplings might intrigue you more than others; after all, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder. But at a minimum, we promise a fun exploration.

The "we" is me and Ethan Fixell, my friend and colleague. I know wine well, but beer? I just drink it. So I asked Ethan, a passionate beverage journalist and Certified Cicerone® to team up with me to host this special event. Ethan frequently writes about beer for Food & Wine, Tasting Table, Food Republic, and Quartz -- and has written about all types of beverages for Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Men’s Journal, and Saveur, among others. Ethan is also a comedian who has appeared on programs such as The Tonight Show and The Today Show. As such, you’ll not only eat and drink well, but will be entertained, too.

And if you aren't a cross-drinker already, saying "wine" when your friends say "beer," or vice versa, you absolutely don’t want to miss this special evening. We’ll duke it out to the end, until every bottle is empty.

What to expect:

4-5 Wines (white and red)
4-5 Beers (several styles, including pilsner, IPA, stout, and sour beers)
2-3 Artisan cheeses (from Murray’s)
2 In-house prepared dishes (ex. mini crabcakes, bratwurst)
Chocolate (TBD)
Grandaisy Bakery breads
Notes & handouts
Lively discussion


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