Looking for a fun place to sample different wines and learn a thing or two without breaking the bank? Me, too. Here are a few establishments that conduct one-off tasting courses for the vine-curious:
Otto Pizzeria: Mario Batali’s casual restaurant hosts classes every weekend afternoon at 2 pm and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Sessions cost around $45, run 90 minutes and include tastings of five different Italian wines–usually regional or varietal groupings, such as “Coastal Italy” or “Southern Italy” or “Discover Sangiovese.”
Corkbuzz Wine Studio on E. 13th St. groups courses under the classifications of recreational, introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes are further organized by regions (a tour of Australia or Greece, for instance), wine pairings (cheese, pizza or BBQ) or blind tastings. Each seminar lasts 90 minutes and will run you about $50-$75.
NYC Wine Class in Chelsea offers various two-hour classes at $90, which often include Murray’s cheese (worth the price of admission alone) or other scrumptious foods that pair nicely with vino. Regional (“Napa vs. Bordeaux”), unusual varietals (“Exotic Whites To Remember”) or one I really want to take: “France: Making Sense Of It All”.
Whichever class you take, let’s hope that it doesn’t turn out like this, okay?