Best (cost-efficient) wine-tasting course in Manhattan?
I enjoy wine, but outside of understanding a few details about vintages/regions I'm fairly ignorant. I'd love to learn more, perhaps through a beginner's wine-tasting course. I don't mind spending a little money on a course or a series of courses, but I'm not really sure where to start. Could someone provide me some advice on where I can cut my teeth and learn the basics?
The International Wine Center offers courses at all levels from beginner on up and is affiliated with the WSET, the organization that also runs the Master of Wine program (super-serious--it's modeled on PhD programs). Tasting World has a number of introductory courses of varying intensity, www.tastingworld.com; you can expect that to be less formal, but also quite serious.