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Explore the world of wine through immersive and hands-on wine tasting classes in San Francisco. Discover the art of wine appreciation, expand your palate, and gain expert knowledge that will enhance your enjoyment of wine.

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Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Master the art of wine tasting and become an expert in identifying flavors, aromas, and flaws with this workshop at San Francisco Wine School. Enhance your sensory evaluation skills through guided blind tastings of six exquisite wines. Perfect for those seeking to elevate their wine knowledge and tasting abilities.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Blind Wine Tasting: Aromas

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Hone your senses and sharpen your palate as you uncork the secrets of wine aromas in this immersive workshop led by Master Sommelier David Glancy at San Francisco Wine School.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time

Sonoma County Wine

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Explore the diverse flavors and reputation of Napa's coastal neighbor with this dynamic workshop. Gain essential knowledge of Sonoma County's impact on the wine market and appreciate its range of climate, soil conditions, and AVAs. Taste 6-8 wines related to the curriculum in this workshop, which is part of the California Wine Appellation Specialist® program.

Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

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Santa Cruz, Livermore & Lodi

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Uncover the secrets of California's wine regions and their distinctive conditions for winegrowing in this immersive workshop. From the first elevation-based AVA to the source of California Chardonnay vines, journey virtually through breathtaking landscapes and taste the wines that define these appellations.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wine Service Techniques

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Develop the skills and attitude needed to excel in the art of wine service with hands-on training from industry experts at the prestigious San Francisco Wine School. From sommelier roles to responsible alcohol service, this workshop covers it all, including Champagne service, decanting, and tray service. Prepare to tackle challenging scenarios and enhance your expertise in the world of wine.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Monterey & San Benito

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Explore the rugged coastline of Big Sur and the quaint village of Carmel as you dive into the unique wines of Monterey. Discover the distinct AVAs and climb into the Gabilan Mountains to uncover the hidden gems of the San Benito wine region. Immerse yourself in this workshop and taste the wines that define these extraordinary regions.

Monday, Mar 11th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Intro to French Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the rich history and diverse flavors of French wines as we explore the top regions and appellations of Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Join us for a seminar where you will have the opportunity to taste 6 wines and gain a deeper understanding of the grapes and styles that make France's wines truly exceptional.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Wine List Development

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Learn the art of designing a profitable wine program tailored to your restaurant's unique needs at San Francisco Wine School's workshop. Discover strategies for maximizing sales and service goals while maintaining your concept or niche identity. Enhance your skills in wine selection, pricing, and program structure to elevate your establishment's wine offerings.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

Blind Wine Tasting: Structure

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA & Virtually Online

Refine your wine-tasting skills and learn to accurately assess the key elements of wine with San Francisco Wine School's Blind Wine Tasting workshop. Led by industry-leading instructors, you'll have the opportunity to sample carefully manipulated wines and clearly distinguish their different levels of acid, tannin, sugar, and alcohol. Perfect for both novice and advanced tasters, this workshop offers a fun and educational experience.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time

Varietal Profiling: Blind Tasting White Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the secrets of white wine varietals at the San Francisco Wine School, where expert instructors will guide you in developing your own varietal markers for the most important international grape varieties. Learn to distinguish the influences of different regions and varietals in this immersive workshop.

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

Wines of Paso Robles & The Rest of San Luis Obispo

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA & 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

Intro to Italian Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the rich flavors and diversity of Italy's top wine regions in this engaging seminar. From Piedmont's Barolo to Tuscany's Brunello, sample 6 exquisite wines while learning about the grapes and styles that make Italian wines so highly sought after. Join us for an unforgettable tasting experience at San Francisco Wine School.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Warm Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the vibrant flavors of ripe wines from the world's warmest regions. Immerse yourself in a guided tasting of classic regional wines, comparing Old World and New World styles. Expand your knowledge and palate in this immersive workshop.

Sunday, Apr 14th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Cool Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Uncover the secrets of global cool climate wines as we journey through regions such as Germany, Austria, and Oregon. Discover the distinct characteristics of Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and more in this immersive tasting experience. Expand your sommelier knowledge with our exclusive workshop.

Sunday, Mar 24th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Wines of Santa Barbara & Beyond

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the exceptional wines of Santa Barbara County and beyond, as you delve into the unique factors that make this region so desirable. Learn about the influence of the Humboldt Current and the Coriolis Effect, and explore the many small AVAs and producers of the South Coast. Expand your wine knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for California's southern origins.

Monday, Mar 25th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Intro to Spanish Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Discover the flavors and diversity of Spain's greatest wines in this seminar at San Francisco Wine School. Explore the top regions and appellations, from Rioja to Ribera del Duero, and experience a tasting of six exquisite Spanish wines. Join us and elevate your wine knowledge to new heights!

Thursday, Mar 14th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Wine Vendor Relations and Staff Training

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Enhance your wine business with expert guidance on navigating the distribution system and building strong relationships with vendors. Join San Francisco Wine School for a workshop featuring a special guest speaker from BinWise. Don't miss this opportunity to maximize your sales and service.

Monday, Mar 18th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

Viticulture & Enology

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Learn the secrets of the vine and the art of winemaking at the prestigious San Francisco Wine School. From viticultural practices to the winemaking process, this workshop will expand your knowledge and palate with a tasting of six exquisite wines. Take your passion for wine to new heights with this immersive experience.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

Wine Faults & Imbalances

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Become a wine expert with San Francisco Wine School's workshop on flaw identification and test preparation. Join their industry-leading instructors as they guide you through the Society of Wine Educators' Faults and Imbalances Exam. Enhance your knowledge and tasting skills with an 11-wine guided tasting.

Tuesday, Mar 19th, 6–8:30pm Pacific Time

Temperate Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ 415 Grand Ave, San Francisco, CA

Explore the fascinating world of wines from temperate zones as we embark on a global tour through the vineyards of Central France, Central Italy, Northern Spain, and California. Discover how climate patterns shape the flavors of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. Unveil the secrets behind New World vs Old World wines in this immersive tasting experience.

Sunday, Apr 7th, 1–4pm Pacific Time

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Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes in San Francisco

Wine has become increasingly popular within the United States largely because the industry has seen exponential growth and wine retailers have opened online delivery services. With the click of a button, your favorite bottles of wine can be delivered to your door. These services make home wine tastings more accessible. Wine tasting itself has become formalized by wine enthusiasts over the years but is still a welcoming activity for new wine drinkers. There are wine tasting classes constructed for beginners who’d like to learn about the history of wines, how to detect tasting notes, and what flavor profiles they enjoy. 

The wine industry is a staple in the state of California. Almost 90,000 acres of land in California are dedicated to vineyard use. It’s also estimated that the California wine industry generates nearly $90 billion in total economic activity in the state. Californians get to enjoy a number of wonderful wines from regions around California that use a variety of wine grapes. 

You can learn more about the impact of the wine industry on the state of California and other regions inside and outside the US by taking a wine tasting class. Numerous classes are offered in the San Francisco area that will teach you about detecting wine quality and finding wines that fit your palate. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting in San Francisco

Wine tasting classes often focus on the history of different wines and/or grape varieties. If you take a wine tasting class that focuses on wine from regions within California, you’ll be able to learn more about the state and the role that the wine industry has played in its development. This is also an interesting way to learn about the climate and growing seasons of the state. Some wineries and schools also offer wine tastings centered around the wine industry during certain points in history. These classes may be of particular interest to history buffs. 

Wine tastings are a great way to meet and socialize with others in the San Francisco area. Your class may be full of people with different experiences with wine and wine tastings that are interested in sharing their love of wine with you. Wine tastings are also a popular date idea or casual business meetup. 

If you’re worried about spending too much money on a wine you won’t enjoy, attending a wine tasting class can prevent that from happening. You’ll try several bottles of wine at a wine tasting class. This will allow you to figure out what flavor profiles you do and don’t like. You can then use this information when purchasing wine for your next dinner party or ordering at a restaurant. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes in San Francisco

There are in-person wine tasting classes offered by schools and wineries in San Francisco that you can sign up for on CourseHorse. Classes are led by wine experts, or sommeliers, who will guide you through the history of the wines you’re tasting as well as the tasting of the wine itself. Most instructors will discuss flavor profiles with you, provide general tips and tricks for serving and drinking wine, and make note of the foods that pair well with the wines you’re tasting. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers a wide variety of wine tasting classes that you can sign up for with no prior wine tasting experience. Take their class, Wines of Santa Barbara & Beyond to learn how the climate of California has elevated wines from Santa Barbara. 

If you have further interest in the role of climate on grape varieties and the impact that has on the flavor of wine, you can also sign up for their classes, Cool Climate Wines of the World and Temperate Climate Wines of the World

Those with experience in wine tasting can also take a class at the San Francisco Wine School. Blind tastings are offered at the intermediate and advanced levels. An instructor will lead you through the tasting as you attempt to differentiate between regional and varietal influences. 

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes 

In-person classes provided hands-on instruction in a relaxing environment. However, taking an in-person class may not fit into your schedule, or you may not be able to commute to the class location. If that’s the case, you can sign up for an online wine tasting class on CourseHorse. 

An expert instructor will guide you and other participants through the tasting remotely. Some virtual tastings classes will direct you to an online or in-person retailer to purchase your wine tasting kits. Be sure to check the class page to see what supplies you will be responsible for procuring before your class. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers not only in-person classes but online classes as well. Many of their in-person classes are available in an online format, so you have a wide variety of classes to choose from. If you’re looking for a basic introduction to wine and wine tasting, you can sign up for their class, Wine 101. They also offer an introductory course to California wines. This class will introduce you to six diverse wines from well-known wine regions in California like Santa Barbara and Napa. 

If you’d instead like to explore wines from around the world, you can sign up for the San Francisco School of Wine’s Intro to World Wines

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes in San Francisco

Are you looking to schedule a wine tasting class for a group? CourseHorse can deliver private group wine tasting classes to you remotely. These classes are suitable for a group of friends interested in tasting wine together, or for a corporate team looking to unwind and socialize. 

CourseHorse offers a three-bottle wine tasting workshop and a four-bottle wine-tasting workshop. The basics of wine tasting, like varietals, tasting techniques, region/history, and everyday wine appreciation tips will be covered in both classes. 

CourseHorse also offers a virtual wine and cheese workshop. Two bottles of wine and two types of cheese will be featured in this class where you’ll learn how to pair, discuss, and serve wine and cheese. You can contact CourseHorse on their website to find out more about the wine tasting classes they can deliver to you. 

All necessary materials will be shipped to all participants ahead of the first session. CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before the class is scheduled. If you need to reschedule your class with less than 48 hours’ notice, you will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee. CourseHorse can accommodate Zoom, WebEx, Google Meets, and Microsoft Teams.

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