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anyone know of a good wine class?

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Hi. I am looking to get my wife some classes where we learn abot wine teasing, and different types of wine-- does anyone have any ideas or thoughts??



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  1. Try thechoppingblock.net. It is mostly a cooking school (with great classes, by the way), but they also have wine classes as well. Otherwise, The Tasting Room/Randolph wine cellar does a tasting third tuesday each month which is a fun way to learn about wine and The Webster Wine Bar has classes as well. Cheers!

    1. Just Grapes in the West Loop does a pretty good intro wine tasting series (4 classes). I actually took the class with Alpana Singh teaching it there!

      1. Bin 36 always had wine classes, though the one up here has become Great Lake Fish House. The one in Chicago is still a wine bar type restaurant, I believe.


        1. Webster Wine Bar has classes as well as tastings geared toward specific regions of the world.


          1480 W Webster Ave
          (773) 868-0608

          1. If you don't mind coming out to the suburbs, College of DuPage has some great classes for wine education and also a lot of non-credit cooking classes that include wine with the meals. It's very reasonable and the instructors really care about giving you plenty of good information, handouts, etc. That being said, the best wine education I can think of would be with Patrick Fegan of Chicago Wine School www.wineschool.com, and he holds several classes around the city.

            1. If you are looking for wine classes, I offer intro to wine classes at the Discovery Center in Chicago for a fraction of the cost of the Chicago Wine School and I also offer private tasting lessons in people's homes. Get a few friends together, split the cost and I will come to you with wine and focus on what YOU want to learn. I can bring the wines, can bring glassware and can provide hot and cold appetizers that pair with the wines. If you only wantwine, I can do that too! I customize everything to what the client wants.

              I primarily do tasting parties in people's homes, but i also do private lessons. Check out my web site at www.vinodisavino.com.

              1. I am currently teaching a three-part summer wine series. The first class was in June and we focused on Picnic wines for Ravinia's outdoor music establishment. Part 2 was in July and focused on Barbecue wines. That was a great course! The food and wine pairings were amazing. Part 3 takes place on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7-8:30 PM and will focus on Back to School basics. This means we will spend time learning how to analyze the 6 wines we will try. The wines will be Classical varietals, so Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Cab Sauv. ...you get the idea.

                The courses each feature 6 wines paired with food and an hour and a half educational discussion about the wines. If you like the wines, you can even order them on the spot. The cost per person is only $50.00. The food and wine are personally pairied by me and the Chef of 404 Wine bar, and the classes take place at 404 Wine Bar on Southport, 2856 N. Southport, Chicago. Call me, Kristin, at 877-306-VINO or call 404 Wine Bar (773-404-2598) directly to sign up! I will be teaching a Fall Series there too, so stay tuned!