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Any Class, Anytime - $90
Any 4 Classes - $260
 
Wine 101 One Night
Friday, Oct 24 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Nov 01 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Nov 15 (Wine 101)
Thursday, Nov 20 (Wine 101)
Friday, Nov 21 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Dec 13 (Wine 101)
 
14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night
Saturday, Oct 25 (14.7)
Saturday, Dec 06 (14.7)
Friday, Dec 19 (14.7)
 
Regional Wine Explorations
Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Oct 31)
Italy - North to South (Nov 07)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Nov 08)
Wines of Croatia & Hungary (Nov 14)
France: Making Sense of it All (Nov 29)
Italy - North to South (Dec 12)
Italy - North to South (Jan 10)
 
Special Food & Wine Seminars
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Oct 18)
Craft Beer for Wine Lovers (Nov 06)
Focus on Red (Nov 22)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Dec 05)
 

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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!

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 $100 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, Oct 24 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, October 24
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Nov 01 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, November 1
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Nov 15 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, November 15
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Thursday, Nov 20 (Wine 101)
Date: Thursday, November 20
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Nov 21 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, November 21
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Dec 13 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, December 13
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 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, Oct 25 (14.7)
Date: Saturday, October 25
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Dec 06 (14.7)
Date: Saturday, December 6
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Dec 19 (14.7)
Date: Friday, December 19
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 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.

Tuscany - Sangiovese to Salumi (Oct 31)
Date: Friday, October 31
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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Italy - North to South (Nov 07)
Date: Friday, November 7
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 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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Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Nov 08)
Date: Saturday, November 8
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 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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Wines of Croatia & Hungary (Nov 14)
Date: Friday, November 14
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $75

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, Hárslevelű, Kékfrankos, 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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France: Making Sense of it All (Nov 29)
Date: Saturday, November 29
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 artisinal cheeses and pate de compagne will also make a definite appearance.


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Italy - North to South (Dec 12)
Date: Friday, December 12
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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Italy - North to South (Jan 10)
Date: Saturday, January 10
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 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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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.

Napa vs. Bordeaux (Oct 18)
Date: Saturday, October 18
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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Craft Beer for Wine Lovers (Nov 06)
Date: Thursday, November 6
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM -9:00 PM
Price: $70

* Hosted by Jordan Elpern-Waxman, a Certified Cicerone®, former venture capitalist, and the founder of the Wharton Brewmasters Guild, the craft beer appreciation society for Wharton MBA students; and Beer Dreamer, a now defunct mail-order service for elegant gifts of craft beer and artisanal food. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two beer fridges, and is currently scheming up his next craft beer project.

These days it's only a matter of time until the inevitable invitation to a social or business gathering at a craft beer bar - but what's a wine lover to do? What do you order when the beer list numbers in the dozens, but you just don't like 'beer'? This class will cover a range of beers and beer styles with elements that appeal to wine drinkers and those with a wine drinker's palate.

Most people's knowledge of beer starts and ends with commercially dominant light lagers that spend billions of dollars to convince the public that their brands are synonymous with "beer". In fact there are many beer characteristics and styles sharing much in common with wine including fruity, yeast-derived esters; spicy phenols; elements of oak or wood from barrel-aging; fruit from actual fruit fermentation or the addition of fruit in different parts of the brewing process, including the occasional wine grape; and fruitiness added by certain hop varietals, particularly citrus fruits from the use of American hops or tropical fruit from Southern Hemisphere hops.

We'll cover Saisons, with spicy, fruity esters and refreshing citrus characteristics; sours, which will pucker your lips and make you salivate with the most acidic of wines; complex guezes and funky wild ales, which take the cultivation of brettanomyces to a whole new level; and subtle, dry fruit beers (not the type you may have seen from Lindemann's). If time permits we may also cover sweeter dessert beers which hold their parallel to Port, Sherry, and other dessert wines.

We will cover a variety of pairings for these beers, both to demonstrate their culinary versatility as well as give you tools for those times when wine is not an option or available at hand. You will leave this class with both a greater appreciation for the world of craft beer, as we'll as an understanding of fermentation and an increased sensory range that will transfer well to your wine adventures.

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Focus on Red (Nov 22)
Date: Saturday, November 22
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 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 (Dec 05)
Date: Friday, December 5
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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