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CV Aug 23, 1999 12:51 PM

Hey--I'm looking for a wine/winetasting course in
Manhattan. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

  1. j
    JMinNYC Aug 24, 1999 01:38 PM

    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
    cannot remember.

    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.

    1. r
      Renee Aug 24, 1999 12:21 PM

      Check the New School.

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      1. re: Renee
        Fay Aug 24, 1999 09:49 PM

        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
        occasional tastings.

        1. re: Fay
          Barbara S Aug 27, 1999 11:14 PM

          Also: International Wine Center. Offers intro and
          more advanced courses - multiple weeks. Don't have the
          number anymore but they're in the book.

          1. re: Fay
            Rachel Perlow Nov 4, 1999 04:25 PM

            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.


            Link: http://www.wineavenger.com/main.htm

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