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Best place to take wine classes?

meganinlosfeliz Feb 12, 2007 02:53 PM

My husband and I are pretty into wine but certainly have a lot more to learn. I thought for Valentine's Day I could sign us up for classes, but I realized I have no idea where to go. I am interested in more than just a tasting in a wine store (we have done this at the Colorado Wine Co. and Silver Lake Wine) - a more formal class would be better. If the class has to do with pairing food and wine, all the better.

Anyone done one of these in the area and learned a lot? I prefer for them not to be on the west side, but if the best classes are there, we'll travel.

Thanks for your help.

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    AquaW RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 12, 2007 02:56 PM

    Learnaboutwine (www.learnaboutwine.com) offers some neat classes at various venues -- usually around $60 a person. I don't see anything on their calendar for V-day though. I took their rum 101 class and learned quite a bit - esp. on how to make a killer mojito!

    ~AquaW
    http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

    1. DanaB RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 12, 2007 03:11 PM

      They have good classes at the Wine House in West LA -- in my experience, there really isn't anywhere else in LA that has as comprehensive and high-quality wine classes as they do at the Wine House.

      You can find more info, including a list of classes, at the Wine House's website:

      http://annex.winehouse.com/

      1. Local RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 12, 2007 03:19 PM

        Check http://www.localwineevents.com/Los-An... - listings incl. the above recommended learnaboutwine.com. I've also had good experience with duke of bourbon in Woodland Hills (http://www.dukeofbourbon.com). Did UCLA Extension class years and years ago - not sure if they still run a class, but it was truly Wine101 - fun and a great introductory course that taught you about what you were drinking, how to hold the glass properly, decanting, stemware, all that stuff.

        1. meganinlosfeliz RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 12, 2007 05:08 PM

          Great suggestions - thanks to those who posted for being so helpful. I actually was not looking for a class on Val. Day, just to give it as a Val. Day gift, so one of the learnaboutwine.com classes, or one of the many options on the localwineevents.com page might work. I definitely do not want a WIne 101 type class, but luckily most of the classes listed seem like they would be well suited to intermediates. Unfortunately, it appears the Wine House has not updated their website because the last class listed was Jan. 30, 2007. If anyone knows if classes are posted elsewhere--theirs do sound great--please let me know. Thanks.

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            DanaB RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 13, 2007 10:24 AM

            Try calling the Wine House. They usually have a printed list of classes that covers a three month period of time. I'm sure they could send you the latest list (or tell you about upcoming classes over the phone).

          2. meganinlosfeliz RE: meganinlosfeliz Feb 13, 2007 10:56 AM

            Has anyone taken a wine class through learnaboutwine.com? They offer a couple that sound interesting, and both take place in a loft downtown, which is really convenient for us.

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              mitch65 RE: meganinlosfeliz Mar 7, 2007 10:45 AM

              I've taken several wine classes at LearnAboutWine (www.learnaboutwine.com). KCRW gave me a two tickets to LearnAboutWine's beginners wine course a couple of years ago, so I took my sister and we both loved it. Went back again for the Passport to Wine class where they teach you about international wines, which was great because I really wanted to learn about French wines. They also do this charity event called TASTE once a month at HD Buttercup, the most awesome furniture place in LA. Both times I went, my friends and I had a great time... lots of foodies, LOTS of wines (we were a little tipsy afterward... but learned a ton). And it was like $50, which seemed pretty reasonable considering they also had cheese and chocolate... even oysters one time! I highly recommend them. I think you can sign up online for classes online at their website www.learnaboutwine.com. TASTE is more for fun, but if you sign up for their real wine classes they're very educational. Ian, the guy who teaches all the classes, was really nice and seems to know EVERYTHING about wine without being snotty.

              1. SauceSupreme RE: meganinlosfeliz Mar 7, 2007 12:27 PM

                If you're in the valley, the Woodland Hills Wine Company's staff is very knowledgable and do themed tastings every week.

                http://www.whwineco.com

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                  Tosca RE: meganinlosfeliz Mar 7, 2007 04:05 PM

                  Check out the calendar of wine classes and tastings at http://www.thewinecountry.com -- a wine store in Long Beach ... well it is really Signal Hill, that is worth travelling to. There is no comparison between the wine classes I've taken at Wine Country to the classes I've taken at The Wine House on Cotner. I've always been happier with the quality & quantity of the wine at The Wine Country classes. Owner Randy Kemner's classes in particular are terrific, but the rest of the staff is just as passionate about their areas. Wine Country Sat. tastings are a true bargain ... you may need to designate a driver because there are not many wines you will want to dump. It is also interesting that this is one of the few wine stores I know that are staffed by several women, not just one or two.

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                    burrito73 RE: Tosca Apr 19, 2007 10:06 PM

                    Speaking of the wine country.

                    I would recommend the Wine Country as well. The tastings & classes are more than worth the drive, and after the tastings you can cruise the aisles to find some very rare wines that, thanks to their outside of L.A. location, are still on the shelf.

                    They lean towards the European wines and lifestyle. "The Girls" as they call themselves are always quick to offer suggestions and are more interested in what you like rather than what they want to sell or what has a big score. The female angle is both fun and refreshing, and I've never been disappointed by a recommendation.

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