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Any Class, Anytime - $90
Any 4 Classes - $260
 
Wine 101 One Night
Saturday, Dec 13 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Jan 17 (Wine 101)
Thursday, Jan 22 (Wine 101)
Friday, Jan 23 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Feb 07 (Wine 101)
Friday, Feb 13 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Feb 21 (Wine 101)
Thursday, Mar 05 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Mar 07 (Wine 101)
Friday, Mar 13 (Wine 101)
Saturday, Mar 21 (Wine 101)
 
14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night
Saturday, Dec 06 (14.7)
Friday, Dec 19 (14.7)
Saturday, Jan 31 (14.7)
Friday, Feb 20 (14.7)
Friday, Mar 20 (14.7)
 
Regional Wine Explorations
France: Making Sense of it All (Nov 29)
Italy - North to South (Dec 12)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Jan 09)
Italy - North to South (Jan 10)
France - Making Sense of it All (Jan 16)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Feb 06)
Italy - North to South (Feb 12)
France - Making Sense of it All (Feb 28)
Italy - North to South (Mar 06)
France - Making Sense of it All (Mar 27)
Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Mar 28)
 
Special Food & Wine Seminars
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Dec 05)
Focus on Red (Jan 24)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Jan 30)
Focus on Red (Feb 27)
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Mar 14)
 

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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

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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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.

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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Saturday, Jan 17 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, January 17
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Thursday, Jan 22 (Wine 101)
Date: Thursday, January 22
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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

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Saturday, Feb 07 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, February 7
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Feb 13 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, February 13
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Feb 21 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, February 21
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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

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Saturday, Mar 07 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, March 7
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Mar 13 (Wine 101)
Date: Friday, March 13
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $90

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Saturday, Mar 21 (Wine 101)
Date: Saturday, March 21
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, 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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Saturday, Jan 31 (14.7)
Date: Saturday, January 31
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Feb 20 (14.7)
Date: Friday, February 20
Location: 167 West 23rd Street
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Price: $90

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Friday, Mar 20 (14.7)
Date: Friday, March 20
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.

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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Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Jan 09)
Date: Friday, January 9
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 (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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France - Making Sense of it All (Jan 16)
Date: Friday, January 16
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 artisanal cheeses and pate de compagne will also make a definite appearance.


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Spain & Portugal - Classic Wines (Feb 06)
Date: Friday, February 6
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 12)
Date: Thursday, February 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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France - Making Sense of it All (Feb 28)
Date: Saturday, February 28
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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Italy - North to South (Mar 06)
Date: Friday, March 6
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 (Mar 27)
Date: Friday, March 27
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 (Mar 28)
Date: Saturday, March 28
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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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 (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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Focus on Red (Jan 24)
Date: Saturday, January 24
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 (Jan 30)
Date: Friday, January 30
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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Focus on Red (Feb 27)
Date: Friday, February 27
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 (Mar 14)
Date: Saturday, March 14
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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