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wowimadog Feb 4, 2008 03:57 PM

where can i take a good "wine basics" class?


  1. DanaB Feb 4, 2008 04:08 PM

    They have a good basic wine series at the Wine House in West LA.

    They list the class schedule on their website:


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      foodieqt Feb 4, 2008 04:50 PM

      I always find this to be a good resource: http://www.localwineevents.com/Los-An...

      1. Bigjeff822 Feb 4, 2008 07:17 PM

        Echoing DanaB, I highly recommend The Wine House's Absolute Beginners classes. They have a one day "rock bottom beginners" class and a more extensive four evening series that goes into a good amount of depth. I took both and felt that they really gave me a strong foundation for understanding and appreciating wine. The staff there is very knowledgable and they aren't stuffy, so the classes are friendly and unintimidating. Also, they offer a 10% discount on the wines you taste, available for purchase after the evening's class is over.

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          jacinthe Feb 4, 2008 07:21 PM

          Learnaboutwine.com has different types of classes, some single-afternoon affairs and some that meet over several weeks. I haven't taken the basic course they offer, but I did the palate-builder class which was fun but could have been a bit more informative (to be fair, this was their first time teaching that particular one, so I'd give them a bit of leeway there.)

          Additionally, UCLA Extension offers a quarter-long series of classes, but I've never taken it so I can't vouch for it (I did work, once upon a time, for the person currently teaching them, and he was very personable and knowledgeable, if that helps).

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            fdb Feb 4, 2008 08:22 PM

            Martin Weiner of Los Angeles School of Wines offers a series of wine basics classes called Preminum Fine Wines of the World which he conducts at his home in WLA.


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              Outerspace Feb 5, 2008 08:56 AM

              Have you taken any of his classes? They sound interesting, but it would be great to hear from someone who could say whether they are worth the money.

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                fdb Feb 5, 2008 10:11 AM

                Yes, that's where I started my wine classes over 10 years ago. After the 6 intro classes, I've attended various more advance tastings--Bordeaux, Burgandy, rare Italian, Rare California boutique.... We usually go as a group of 5 or 6. It's quite fun and informative! A gourmet dinner cooked by Martin himself is included in the tasting (although I think only hors d'oeuvres are served at the intro classes). The prices of his latest tastings have gone up outrageously, but classes still sell out because he's got some wines that you normally can't find on your own.

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              b0ardkn0t Feb 4, 2008 11:01 PM

              Cal Poly Pomona, has a wine tasting course. You do have to apply to the school, but the class is a quarter(few months long) and part of their hospitality program (and the oldest to offer a bachelor's degree in California).


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                Clinton Feb 5, 2008 07:23 AM

                If you're in the south bay area check out the Depot in Torrance. Chef Mike Shafer holds gourmet cooking classes and conducts wine tours near Santa Barbara. He does an excellent tour and provides you all the basics you need for wine tasting.


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                  wiz Apr 18, 2008 04:01 PM

                  Try calling or logging in to southbay adult education, they have wine classes on a regular basis.

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