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Sep 12, 2006 01:23 AM

Basic Wine Tasting Classes

Can anyone recommend a wine tasting class for someone with no wine knowledge, where one might learn the basics?

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  1. I can't vouch for this group, but it's the only one I know of that offers beginning classes.

    Also, I would check some of the community colleges.

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    1. re: writergirl

      Learn About Wine has great events! Though I haven't tried their basic "wine schools" or "wine camps" events, just their themed events.

      1. re: writergirl

        haven't gone to their class events either, but I can vouch for their themed events, which are generally really good. Ian's a really approachable guy.

        another bonus-- MANY attendees there are big foodies/gourmands/chowhounds as well. you'll be in good company even if going solo.

      2. UCI offers some wine courses

        1. The Wine House in West LA (Cotner at Olympic, just east of the 405) does a variety of wine classes, usually (but not always) concentrating on a particular region.

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          1. re: BHAppeal

            Third the Wine House. I did the four week Absolute Beginners wine class 6 or 7 years ago, and since then have done several other classes there. It's a very good foundation, from knowledgeable instructers.

            There's also something to be said about getting to know your local wine store. In Silverlake, there's Silverlake Wine Shop, and while they don't have classes, they have tastings several nights a week, and sometimes it can be more fun to learn by doing :-)

          2. I second The Wine House. They have a class 1x per month called Absolute Beginners. I took it awhile ago for fun and it was the best. Their other classes are great too and they are all reasonably priced. Go to the website and click on "classes". You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about wine/spirits and have a great time!

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