is a wine-tasting seminar offered several times a year at The International Culinary Center
. This three-hour class goes into depth about wine production, categories of wine, wine tasting, pairing wine with food, and so on.
This is a great class for people who pretend that they know more about wine than they actually do, and are able to get away with it. While basic terms that you often hear in wine circles are defined -- like, for example terroir
-- if you don't know that pinot noir is a type of grape, you may be a bit lost.
While there's a great deal of information that you'll receive during the course, there's no need to take detailed notes, as you get a package of information to take home. And the class is kept lively with trivia questions and various contests with wine-related prizes.
Sips and Tastes
The class includes generous pours of about a half-dozen carefully selected wines. (The tasting portion of the class doesn't happen until about half-way through the class, and after of the bulk of the technical presentation, so you won't be so woozy that you'll miss something important.) The food provided is small plates and nibbles meant to illustrate how wines pair with various flavors -- so don't come expecting a full meal.