Wine & Spirits Classes

WINE offers a variety of wine classes for both entertainment and educational purposes. All classes are taught by a certified specialist of wine and spirits. Below is a list of the classes we currently offer. If there is a particular subject in which you are interested and you do not see it listed, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to construct classes based on participant interest.

We are delighted to offer an exciting selection of wine and spirits classes at our headquarters, the Wine Institute of New England, 5 Adirondack Lane, Guilford, CT, in 2017. Join us in the Wine Cellar for one of our appreciation classes, or sign up for our Wine & Spirits Enthusiast Package and receive a 10% discount. Sign up for a full series and receive a 15% discount. Advanced registration for classes is required. To sign up for a class, please use the Paypal button next to the class, or contact WINE directly.

2017 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

We have an exciting new lineup of wine and spirits appreciation classes for 2017! Sign up for single classes, a Wine & Spirits Enthusiast Package, or a whole series. Is there something you’re interested in that’s not listed here? Send us an email with your request and we will look into putting a class together on your topic.

Wine Time: These classes will explore a specific grape, region, or topic over the course of 2 hours while enjoying a flight of wines. Light fare will be served during classes. Classes are $50/person. (Location: Wine Institute of New England, Guilford, CT)

All classes will meet from 7:00-9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • Uncork Your Inner Wine Expert! ~ Start the new year off with the class that has been described as an entire wine course in just one class! Learn wine tasting techniques in a fun and nonintimidating atmosphere while trying several highly rated wines. We will also reveal some excellent tips that will have you sipping like a pro. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 

  • That’s Amore! The Wines of Italy ~ Italians love wine and love. Come discover some of the sexiest wines on earth. Taste what Italy has to offer. From Amarone to Barbera, Chianti to the Super Tuscans and beyond, we will explore native grapes and winemaking traditions from the land of love. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 
  • Spectacular Sparklers ~ Enjoy sparkling wine from around the world. We will explore the different methods used to produce bubbly and discuss the techniques for evaluating these effervescent wines! Tuesday, March 7, 2017 
  • Say Olé to Spain! ~ Explore the splendor of sparkling, white and red Spanish wines region by region. We will cover several areas, including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, and the Penedes. Tuesday, April 4, 2017  

Sipping Spirits: These classes will explore a specific spirit, region, or topic over the course of 2 hours while enjoying a flight of spirits. Light fare will be served during classes. Classes are $50/person. (Location: Wine Institute of New England, Guilford, CT)

All classes will meet from 7:00-9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • Amari (Bittered Spirits) ~ Bittered wines, spirits, and mixers are super hot right now. Amari can be sipped solo or used for cocktails. Find out what the bittered buzz is all about and taste some exciting examples of these versatile spirits. TBD 
  • Vodka ~ Odorless, colorless, flavorless… can there really be much of a difference among the hundreds of brands of vodka out there? Yes! We will explore those differences while enjoying a flight of vodka from different regions. Friday, January 27, 2017 
  • Whisky 101 (Part 1) ~ Discover how these heavyweights of the spirits world are created and then sip some Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey that will warm your toes. Friday, February 17, 2017 
  • Tequila vs. Mezcal ~ Learn why not all tequila is created equal and how this spirit differs from mezcal. We will try excellent examples of both, do sensory evaluations, and vote on which we prefer. Friday, March 24, 2017 
  • Whiskey 101 (Part 2) ~ Brace yourself for some bold bourbons! We will talk about these American spirits, try different types, and sample a mystery whiskey for comparison. Friday, April 21, 2017 

Wine & Spirits Enthusiast Package – 3 Wine Time or Sipping Spirits Classes 

Sign up for 3 different classes from either series at one time and receive 10% off! Simply click on the link above to pay for your classes. We will contact you within 48 hours to register you for the classes you want.