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An Introduction to Wine

  • The Biltmore Hotel 1200 Anastasia Avenue Coral Gables, FL, 33134 United States (map)

The Level 1 course is a "foundation course" that is ideal for everyone who loves wine and wants to understand it better. This full-day course focuses on learning the art of wine tasting (including demystifying the vocabulary you might have once found daunting), pairing food and wine, and exploring the characteristics of the major grape varieties with intensive exercises. We also delve into grape growing and winemaking, and serving and cellaring wine. 

Who is this class for?

This class is the ideal place to hone your wine sensibility, whether your interest in wine is as an occasional consumer hoping to demystify a wine list when you go out to dinner, or a culinary professional looking to expand your wine knowledge beyond the basics that are part of culinary training. It's a full-day course that includes tasting 14 world-class wines from great Champagne to classic still wines from Spain, France, Italy and the United States. 

If you want a marvelously insightful introduction to wine, you are well-advised to sign up as early as possible. It's easy to put things off, but registering early gives you time to receive all your materials and to prepare for the class. We have an extensive digital version of the engaging WSET text that you can read before you come to class and then I’ll provide a hard copy in the class in which you can make notes to keep in your wine library. So, read up and then come to perfect your tasting techniques! I'll have 14 wines and several wine and food pairings waiting for you to taste. And this prepares you for the Level 2 program we’ll be offering starting the very next day! That’s right - you can give your wine knowledge a one-two punch up by taking Level 2 immediately after you take Level 1! This is a great opportunity at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables - don’t miss it!.