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Wine Making for Two

Beverage Art Inc @ 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets of crafting exquisite wines, from Chardonnay to Cabernet, in this immersive two-session class. Learn from expert winemakers as you participate in every step of the process, from fermentation to aging. Unleash your inner vintner and create a collection of personalized wines to savor and share.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 3–5pm Central Time

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War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden tales of bravery and resistance during World War II as you sip on exquisite wines from Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Join us as we delve into the fascinating history of French winemakers and their battle against the German plunderers. This unique experience will leave you with a newfound appreciation for both the power of wine and the resilience of the human spirit.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Central Time

Chicago Mobsters and Prohibition

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Discover the untold stories of Chicago's mobster era during Prohibition and how it forever changed the way we drink. Join our spirits expert and historian for a fascinating evening filled with tales of speakeasies, crime, and the eventual repeal of the 18th Amendment. Must be 21 or over to attend.

Friday, Mar 15th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

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Hands-On Date Night: California Wine Country

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Experience the flavors of California's Wine Country in this hands-on cooking class, where you'll learn to make a delightful arugula salad, herb-roasted chicken, savory bread pudding, and baked pears with pistachios.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 6–8pm Central Time

Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Master the art of wine tasting with this sensory evaluation workshop, where you'll learn to identify flavors, aromas, and characteristics. Students will also learn to detect winemaking flaws. Enhance your wine-tasting skills and knowledge through guided blind tastings of six wines.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Wines of Northern France

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the cool climates, grapes, and wine styles of France's northern regions. Discover the secrets of Champagne, Alsace, Loire, and Burgundy in this immersive workshop that will take your wine knowledge to the next level. Tasting sessions included.

Thursday, Apr 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean as you sip on the finest wines from Portugal, Spain, and Greece. Uncover the rich history and distinct characteristics of ancient wine regions in this immersive workshop.

Thursday, May 9th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Intro to Italian Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the diverse flavors and rich heritage of Italian wines in this captivating seminar. From the iconic Barolo of Piedmont to the renowned Brunello of Tuscany, uncover the top regions and appellations that have put Italy on the global wine map. Taste six wines as we delve into the grapes and styles that make Italian wines truly exceptional.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Wine 101

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the secrets of wine with our comprehensive workshop at San Francisco Wine School. Uncover the art of winemaking, learn how to decode labels, and master the art of wine tasting and food pairing. Expand your knowledge and indulge your senses in this immersive experience.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Varietal Profiling: Blind Tasting White Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Develop your varietal markers for international white grape varieties in this workshop led by industry-leading instructors at San Francisco Wine School. Discover the similarities and differences in varietals while deciphering the influences of global wine regions. Tasting kits are available for delivery or pickup.

Tuesday, Mar 26th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time

Sonoma County Wine

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the distinct and diverse wines of Sonoma County, the neighbor to Napa, in this dynamic workshop. Gain the essential knowledge to appreciate Sonoma County's impact on the wine market and explore its reputation and distinction. This workshop is part of the California Wine Appellation Specialist® program.

Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Intro to California Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Embark on a flavorful journey through California's renowned wine regions and discover the diversity and excellence of the state's finest wines. Indulge in a curated selection of 6 wines as we explore the grapes and styles that make California a global wine powerhouse. Join us for an unforgettable tasting experience at the forefront of the wine world.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the hidden gems of California wine regions with this workshop that takes you on a virtual journey from the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains to the captivating landscapes of Livermore Valley and Lodi. Discover the unique terroir and climate that create the perfect conditions for exceptional wine production. Tasting kits are available for an immersive experience.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wine Service Techniques

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the art of impeccable wine service with an attitude at the prestigious San Francisco Wine School. From sommelier conduct to the mechanics of service, this course showcases standard wine service, decanting, Champagne service, and tray service, with an emphasis on responsible alcohol service. Explore tools, service temperatures, and tackle challenging scenarios in this comprehensive workshop.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Monterey & San Benito

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Explore the captivating coastline of Big Sur, the charming village of Carmel, and the world-renowned Pebble Beach golf courses in this captivating course. Delve into the unique wines and distinctive AVAs of Monterey and San Benito, as we navigate through the Thermal Rainbow, Blue Grand Canyon, and Santa Lucia Highlands. Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and complexities of these remarkable wine regions.

Monday, Mar 11th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Viticulture & Enology

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Master the art of winemaking and vineyard management at the renowned San Francisco Wine School. From understanding the vine's annual cycle to exploring sustainable viticultural practices, this workshop offers a comprehensive education in the world of viticulture and enology. Experience the complexities of winemaking through a curated selection of exquisite wines.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Wines of Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo

San Francisco Wine School - Virtually Online

Explore the vibrant wines of California's fastest-growing region, known for its Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Rhone-style wines. Discover the unique characteristics of Paso Robles, Edna Valley, and Arroyo Grande in this essential workshop for wine professionals. Taste and learn about 6-8 wines related to the curriculum.

Monday, Mar 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wines of Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the fastest-growing wine region in California, known for its exceptional Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Rhone-style wines. Gain expert knowledge on the primary grapes, climate, and AVAs of Paso Robles, as well as the unique qualities of Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande. Expand your wine education with this essential workshop.

Monday, Mar 18th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Cool Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Unveil the global secrets of crisp wines from cool climates as you embark on a guided tasting journey. Explore the nuances of Old World vs New World wines and discover the elegance of cool climate grapes like Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the world of cool-climate wines.

Sunday, Mar 24th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Wines of Santa Barbara & Beyond

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the exceptional wines of Santa Barbara County and beyond in this dynamic workshop that explores the unique factors that contribute to their quality. From the influence of the Pacific Ocean to the various microclimates, you'll gain a deep understanding of this renowned wine region. Expand your knowledge and palate as you explore the South Coast and its small AVAs and producers.

Monday, Mar 25th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

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Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Wine has become increasingly popular in the US over the last decade. Wine drinkers are estimated to consume 2.8 gallons of wine per year on average. The beverage’s rise in popularity is thanks to the introduction of online wine retailers who will ship bottles to your door along with the exponential growth of American wine production, and the drink’s health benefits. 

The first traces of a wine-like substance were found in 60-million-year-old fossils. Different cultures contributed to the production of wine across history, finding the best ways to de-stem, crush, and ferment varieties of wine grapes. As the production of wine evolved, so too did the way people enjoy wine. Wine tastings are evident in the writings of Greek philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. Wine enthusiasts since have come up with formalized the wine tasting process. 

There are wine tasting classes available across the US that can teach you about the wine tasting process and how to assess the quality of wine. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting in Chicago

Wine tastings can help broaden your palate. Many people try a specific type of wine and never branch out to other varieties. Attending a wine tasting will introduce you to several wines you may have not tried otherwise. An instructor will help you pick out flavor notes in the wines you try, which can help you find other wines that pique your tastebuds. 

Wine tastings are also great social activities. They encourage conversation with others at the tasting and can be attended as a fun group activity. Wine tastings are often booked by couples on Valentine’s Day or as anniversary dates. They also make good corporate events if your business or organization is looking to schedule an event to encourage socialization. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes & Schools in Chicago

Wineries, community centers, and restaurants around the Chicago area host in-person wine tastings. Wine tastings are led by experts, or sommeliers, who can teach you the basic principles of wine tasting and tell you about the history behind the wines you are trying. Classes may provide you with general wine knowledge and vintage-specific knowledge. 

For a casual night of wine tasting check out Raise a Glass, a happy hour experience provided by The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square. You’ll receive a mini-lesson on the history of wine as you snack on wine-friendly foods. Your tasting will include several wines and all wines purchased during the tasting will be 10% off. 

Region-specific and history-focused classes are also available. The Chopping Block offers the class, Wine Lands of Spain, which discusses Spain’s wine heritage across the globe and a tasting of six Spanish wines. History buffs are welcome to join their War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine class. This two-hour class will walk you through the history of World War II and the role that wine played in France’s resistance movement. 

The Discovery Center, located in Irving Park, hosts a wine tasting and appreciation class for in-experienced and experienced wine tasters alike. You’ll expand your palate and wine vocabulary in this workshop. Come prepared with your questions about vintages, pairings, and more, as your instructor will be happy to answer them. 

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes & Schools

In-person wine tastings are a hands-on way to learn about and try new and flavorful wines. They also provide you with the chance to meet other wine enthusiasts. However, you may not have time in your schedule to attend an in-person class. If that’s the case, virtual wine tasting classes might interest you. Virtual classes are taught by live instructors who are wine experts. They’ll be able to answer your questions while informing you about the session's tasting choices. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers a large number of online wine tasting classes. Some classes focus on wines from specific regions while others introduce several different wines and the process of wine tasting. If you’re new to wine tastings and would like to be led through the process, sign up for their Wine 101 class. In this class, you’ll taste six different wines while focusing on the structure of the wine and the main grape varieties. 

If you’re interested in tasting and learning about wines from different countries, the San Francisco Wine School can provide you with an introduction to Italian wines and an introduction to French wines. You can find the other introductory courses the school offers on CourseHorse. 

You can also take virtual tasting classes focused on other types of alcoholic beverages. The San Francisco Wine School, for example, offers a class on beer and sake, and Whisky Gourmet hosts a Cognac tasting class

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Is your business or organization interested in scheduling a wine tasting as a socialization event for your team? Or are you and a group of friends looking for a fun activity to do together over the weekend? CourseHorse offers private group wine tasting classes that they can deliver to you.

CourseHorse offers two different virtual wine tasting workshops. The first workshop features wine from Spain, Italy, New Zealand, and California. The second workshop features a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Spanish Rosé, and a Californian Pinot Noir.Both classes can accommodate up to 500 people. 

For groups interested in learning about wine and cheese, CourseHorse offers a virtual wine and cheese workshop. The instructor of your class will teach you about the methods used to produce wine and cheese and how to elevate your conversation about the two. All participants in this class must be over the age of 21. 

CourseHorse supplies your group with all necessary class materials. Bottles of wine and food pairings will be shipped to each participant once participant addresses have been submitted to the fulfillment team. 

You can use the contact form on CourseHorse’s website to inquire about what other wine tasting classes they can offer you and your group. You can ask them about specific vintages or pairings and discuss the size of your group to ensure that they can accommodate it. If you don’t know the size of your group when booking a class with CourseHorse, you can provide them with the minimum group size and update your headcount later. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class. There is a $150 rescheduling fee if you reschedule less than 48 hours in advance. It’s recommended that you take your class using Zoom. CourseHorse can accommodate WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Google if you provide them with the meeting details.

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