You've probably got 15 or 20 options in NYC for wine
tasting classes. Perhaps, more.
I believe the absolute best is given by Kevin Zraly
(sp?) in the World Trade Towers - I'm not sure if it is
through the restaurant there - the name of which I
Also, try the cooking schools. I know Peter Kump's
used to have a wine tasting series. I wouldn't be
surprised if the French Culinary Institute also offered
You could also contact a good wine store like Sherry
Lehman and ask them who they recommend.
Zraly's course at Windows on the World is probably the
most extensive - as well as the most expensive.
(There's a waiting list to get into the one that starts
in a few weeks. I know because I'm on it.) I've
enjoyed tastings with Willie Gluckstern, aka "The Wine
Avenger." Willie is notoriously opinionated --
e.g. he despises Chardonnay and all other "oaked" white
wines and expects everyone to agree with him -- but his
tastings are both educational and fun. You can check
his website at www.wineavenger.com for details about
tastings. The New School classes are good, but I think
Willie's are a better value for the money. (We tasted
literally dozens of wine one time, including some
expensive bottlings, such as a "super-second" growth
Bordeaux). NYU's Food Studies Department also offers
I concur with previous post about Willie Gluckstern's classes, "Wines for Food". Jason and I went to the White Wine class last night. He repeats a lot of the stuff in his book, but the tasting was quite educational. Especially for me, a non-wine person who's never been to a tasting before. After last night I agree with him when it comes to Chardonnay. When tasted next to some lovely Rieslings, you couldn't spit it out fast enought (and at 2-3X the price to boot)!
Since I have it in front of me, here's the schedule of upcoming classes he offers:
Wed. Nov. 17: Red Wine
Wed. Dec. 1: My Favorite Germanics
Wed. Dec. 8: Annual Champagne Taste-Off
Mon. Jan. 10: White Wine
Tue. Feb. 15: Wines of Italy
Mon. Feb. 28: Wines of France
You are served samples of four wines at a time at the tasting. We tried 33 different wines last night. You are given water, nuts, french bread and cheese as palatte cleansers. These were no slouches, either. The nuts were very fresh almonds and the cheese was a Dutch Pirana (sp?), both from Fairway.
For prices and more details, check out the link below.