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Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

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  • 21 and older
  • $50
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  • 2 hours & 30 minutes over 2 sessions

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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this wine tasting class:

You could sample a new Spanish wine every night of the year and still not experience all the variety that this country produces. Each region has their own specialty. Rioja creates smoky, earthy, subtle reds with the Tempranillo grape, while the Priorat region makes rich, dense, powerful reds from the Garnacha variety. The Ribera del Duero also employs the Tempranillo grape, yielding wines bigger and more powerful than those of Rioja. And this is just a few of the wines we will try.

As for whites, Spain may not spring to mind, but it should. Whether it's the crisp, aromatic Albarino grape of Galicia, or the lemony & spritzy apertif wines from the Basque region's Txacoli zone, Spain has countless inimitable bottlings, with many at extremely favorable prices.

Spain alone easily fills an evening, yet Portugal, its neighbor, is equally deserving of attention. Here you will taste many full-bodied wines made from varieties both familiar and unknown. While often a bit more 'old world' in style, they offer an interesting counterpoint to Spain's offerings.

We will also discuss food and wine pairing, some rules regarding the fare of the Iberian peninsula, and how to step outside them whenever you care to.  We hope you will join us!

 Zoom Details

  • We will meet two times, with each session covering three wines, and lasting for around 75 minutes. The $45 registration fee covers both sessions.
  • All classes are recorded, and links are emailed after class, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
  • A few weeks before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
  • Class reservations can always be rescheduled up until the start of the first class.
Wine Details
  • We will taste a total of six wines (three per session). There are several ways to source the wines, as listed below.  
  • The designated 6-pack for this class can be ordered from our retail partner, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, and costs $175 (plus tax & shipping). To order, please click here.  The wines will be shipped approximately two weeks before the start of class.
  • If you prefer to source the wines yourself, just let us know! We’re happy to send you the wine list, along with suggestions on where to find them locally.
  • If $175+ is pushing the budget too much, we’re happy to send you a list of alternative bottles you can source. They won’t be the exact same, of course, but certainly close enough to make the points being taught in class.
The Upside Of Zoom

Fortunately, Covid seems to be in the rearview mirror, but until fifteen people can cram together in a small space, the show must go on (via Zoom). Happily, there are many upsides to virtual classes. These include, but are not limited to:

  • If you miss class, you can always watch the recording. 
  • Rather than meeting once, we’ll meet thrice. This allows more time to absorb information, let it sink in, then ask questions the next time we meet. You’ll be a pro in no time!
  • Teaching wine requires the use of words, but pictures are equally important. With Zoom, you can expect graphs, maps, and lots of pretty pictures.
  • We welcome questions and input during class, but if you’re shy, or have questions you’re afraid to ask, simply type into the chat bar and we’ll get you some answers.
  • You can see us, and we’d like to see you, but if you’d rather be incognito, or do your best learning in your pajamas, you can always turn your camera off.
  • When I teach in person, I often poll students for their preferences and opinions, and will ask for a show of hands. But sometimes, people are tepid to respond, or they vote after watching how other people vote. It’s human nature, of course, but with polling on Zoom, no reason to hold back. If you love the wine, flash the heart emojis. Or, if it was worst wine you’ve ever had, we want to know!
  • You’ll have tons of leftover wine to drink. In class, you’ll taste a couple ounces of each wine, but each bottle has 25.4 ounces. That leaves a lot of ounces for after hours consumption.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

All purchases are non-refundable, but any class registration can be rescheduled up until the day of the first class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.


Reviews of Classes at NYC Wine Company (341)

(4.6-star rating across 341 reviews)
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Anonymous review on 1/12/2020
    What a great class. The wine and cheese were great and the instructor was very knowledgeable.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Carolina P. on 1/12/2020
    Great class! Andrew is so knowledgeable since he has lived all over the world in various wine regions. So grateful for his insight! The cheese options he chose for each wine pairing were amazing as well. Nothing but good things to say!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Barbara S. on 2/4/2019
    The wines and cheeses were very well chosen and presented. Andrew gave a well thought out presentation. I would have like label photos, with region noted for each wine, as I got slightly behind in jotting down notes! Only negative was that the space was somewhat cramped.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Tania G. on 12/15/2018
    Loved all of it, we're going back for more!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Kim P. on 4/6/2018
    Learn a lot, and had a lot of fun.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Anonymous review on 1/15/2018
    Informational and a relaxed, fun environment. Would highly recommend this class.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Anonymous review on 10/23/2017
    Fun and informative! Learned a lot and the teacher was very informative. Great way to spend an afternoon.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Margaret S. on 3/5/2017
    We tried 10 different wines, each very thoughtfully chosen and paired with cheeses and a few meats. The class was obviously thought through from beginning to end. Very informative but still relaxed and overall a good time. Would highly recommend!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Hannah A. on 4/18/2016
    Andrew is a wonderful instructor! The class was interesting, lively, and I definitely found some new favorite wines.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Ada O. on 5/8/2015
    The class went beyond my expectations. I liked the set-up, the knowledge of the facilitator and the way he explained things. I liked the flow and the informal ways of interaction. The cheese, chorizo, jamon and bread were simply delicious. Congratulations!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by alex B. on 3/30/2015
    This class was great and the instructor had a great wine vocabulary!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Nicole Berube on 6/23/2014
    Fantastic class. Would definitely recommend or take again!
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Jeremy Markferding on 6/22/2014
    Was a great class where tasting side by side really helped see the differences and or similarities in wines based in grape region and so on. I had an amazing time and will definitely be doing another class with them in the future.
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Anonymous review on 3/20/2020
  • Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines

    Reviewed by Michele C. on 1/12/2020
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Students have overwhelmingly positive things to say about classes at Spain & Portugal: Classic Wines. They praise the instructor's knowledge and the well-chosen wines and cheeses. The class is described as informational, relaxed, and fun, with a well-thought-out presentation. Students mention learning a lot and having a great time. They appreciate the opportunity to taste and compare different wines and gain insight into grape regions and wine characteristics. Overall, students highly recommend the class and express a desire to attend future classes. 1. "The class was interesting and lively. I definitely found some new favorite wines." 2. "Was a great class where tasting side by side really helped see the differences and or similarities in wines based in the grape region and so on." 3. "I liked the set-up, the knowledge of the facilitator, and the way he explained things. The cheese, chorizo, jamon, and bread were simply delicious."

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Andrew Harwood has worked in nearly every facet of the wine industry over the last ten years. His love of wine started while working in a number of the country's best dining rooms. Yet his true passion was discovered while making wine in Hungary, France, and California.

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