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Feb 4, 2008 03:57 PM

wine classes in la?

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


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

    They list the class schedule on their website:

      1. 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.

        1. 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).

          1. 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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            1. re: fdb

              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.

              1. re: Outerspace

                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.