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Wine Tasting Classes in New York City


Whether you're new to the world of wine or a long-time wine drinker, there are wonderful wine classes around New York City for learning about and tasting a variety of different wines.

1. Artisanal Cheese Center

Learn about pairing wines and cheeses at the Artisanal Cheese Center. Courses are typically $75 each, and they also offer series of cheese courses for more serious students.

2. Astor Center

The Astor Center is the education branch of Astor Wines & Spirits and located directly above the well-regarded NoHo wine store. Astor Center offers a variety of food and wine classes that will appeal to both the newbie and seasoned wine lover.

3. Chelsea Wine Vault

Located inside of Chelsea Market, Chelsea Wine Vault offers wine and spirit tasting classes, typically with a specific theme. Most classes are $50 and take place on Wednesday nights.

4. Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Part wine bar, part restaurant and part wine school, Corkbuzz tries to make learning about wine more approachable with a series of casual, fun classes that start at just $50. They also offer $15 flights on Fridays, and more advanced classes once you want to expand your wine knowledge.

5. Executive Wine Seminars

Executive Wine Seminars are geared toward more serious wine-lovers, with high-end tastings (think $295/person for a 2003 Bordeaux tasting featuring two dozen different wines). Tastings are held on Monday nights in Tribeca.

6. Institute of Culinary Education

The ICE Center for Wine Studies offers a variety of one, two and six-session courses, as well as certificate programs for serious students of wine. Classes take place in the 900 square foot tasting room, designed with special lighting and ventilation to maximize the wine-tasting experience.

7. Italian Wine Merchants Tastings

The Italian Wine Merchants offers two options for tasting classes: "Taste of" classes are casual in nature, while "Study of" classes are more formal. Classes start at $75, and typically are offered on Saturday afternoons.

8. La Scuola at Eataly

During Aperitivo With The Winemaker, participants spend an hour learning about different wines from either the winemaker themselves or from Eataly's wine experts. Classes include beverages, as well as light snacks that compliment them.

9. Morrell Wine Classes

Morrell, located in Rockefeller Center, has monthly beginner classes ($45), as well as weekly theme classes ($75-150) offering participants a chance to sample a variety of wines.

10. New York City Wine Class

The New York Wine Class was created by Andrew Harwood, who has worked in many areas of the wine industry. Classes are offered in both "Intro" format, as well as ones focused on a particular region or varietal. Most classes include cheese pairings and typically cost $90 for one night sessions, though discounts are available if you buy a package of four classes.

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