Top Wine and Food Classes in NYC

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People have learned to embrace the partnership of food and wine; especially those living in New York where almost all restaurants offer wine pairing for their courses. This may be a big reason why people are interested in taking food and wine classes for fun. Nobody wants to look the fool by ordering (gasp!) white zinfandel at a fancy meal. If you think it’s time to get a little more food-wine-geek in your system; these classes are for you:

Murray’s Cheese Course: 254 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 243-3289

New York’s oldest cheese shop offers its cheese course for people who are interested in discussing and sampling cheeses. The Cheese 101 class talks about the different cheese styles while sampling 7 types of cheese. The Mystery of the Caves class will tour you to the company’s underground aging cellars. Then there’s the Mozarella Making class which lets you explore your skills on cheese making. “Cheese 101″ class is available for $50 per person and “Mozarella Making” is available for $100 per person.

Institute of Culinary EducationItalian Festival: 50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 (212) 847-0700

Italy is best known for its fruit forward, yet classy wines (can you say Tuscany?). ICE offers recreational classes for wine lovers in NYC, including its Italian Festival. This course takes the students for a run through of Italy’s best wine-producing regions. It also involves cheese and salami discussions and taste testing with introduction to whole lot of other food products from Italy. Feast your mind and palate with Italy’s best food and wine delights. This would make for a perfect holiday gift (that’s right friends – I would not be upset with this gift). Tuition fee is at $95 per person.

Astor CenterWine and Food Pairing Essentials: A Workshop: 399 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003 (212) 674-7501

Astor Wines and Spirits is more than just a wine center in New York’s NoHo neighborhood. It has its own classrooms for both fun and serious workshops for the people interested in taking crash courses on wines. The Wine and Food Pairing Essentials is workshop that allows you to pair wines using the most basic elements of intensity, acidity, weight, tannin and sweetness. The workshop also includes a menu of 6 different dishes, of which the presenter will teach you and help you choose the wines that pairs well with each dish. Wines of different styles will be poured in each course. Prepare your palates for a wonderful wine tasting evening. Tuition fee is at $127.50 per person. The workshop will take place at Astor Center’s The Lounge on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 6:30-8:30pm.

 New York VintnersWine 101: A Sensory Guide: 21 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007 (212) 812-3999

New York Vintners’ Wine 101: A Sensory Guide is an introductory class for wine enthusiasts who are interested in learning the basic elements of wines. This class is usually taken by amateurs who only have little knowledge about wines. Wine 101 will teach you how to choose wines and the terms and language that you need to learn when you choose and buy wines from shop or from restaurants. This class also discusses the basic principles of food and wine pairing, wine production and wine-producing regions and how to go through a restaurant’s wine list. I could not think of a better first date. The event price is at $50 (+tax) per person and will take place on October 23, from 1-3pm.

OttoWine and Cheese: One Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-4312 (212) 995-9559

Otto is the trendiest Italian pizzeria/restaurant in neighborhood of One Fifth Avenue. And aside from their authentic cuisines, the restaurant also offers weekend wine classes in the place which they call the “enoteca,” a bar with standing tables in front of Otto. Courses include the Wine and Cheese class which a more focused discussion on pairing Italian wines with Italian cheeses. The class starts from the introduction of the basic principles, concepts, and the different wine and cheese pairings. This class is offered at $45 (+tax) per person and will take place on Tuesday, October 29th at 2pm.

The French Culinary InstituteWine Uncorked:  462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (888) 324-2433

The French Culinary Institute’s recreational classes include subjects which wines are highlighted along with food. Wine Uncorked is an interesting class for people who are interested in getting the basic information about wines. Every wine experience is a discovery and that is what Wine Uncorked is all about. In the span of three hours, students will get to learn and explore different varieties of wines and wines from different regions, wine tasting and food pairing. Take note that the class only accept students who are at least 21 years and above. The three-hour class fee is $150 and will take place on November 30, 2011 at the French Culinary Institute compound.

NYC Wine Class16 Wines, 8 Cheeses, 1 Night167 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 (212) 647-1875

NYC Wine Class is a company that brings together people who loves wine and food. This company offers different classes that provides a more focused discussion about the different things that one must know about wines. The 16 Wines, 8 Cheeses, 1 Night is one of the most exciting class from NYC Wine Class. In one session, you get to have two pairs of wines in each course of 8 cheeses. Each pair of wines will have almost similar elements but differ in some factors. This is why you would want to take the class. It will teach you how to distinguish wines of almost the same quality and finish. During each session, you will learn how to pair the right wines to different types of cheese. Wines featured on this class will come from producers all over the world such as Australia, South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. Tuition Fee is at $70 per person. The class will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Vino VersityWine Basics Part One – Wine Sense For the Wine Defense1657 1st Ave, North of 86th St, New York (212) 860-6600

The Vino Versity is expert in creating fun social wine events in NYC. For novice students, you can start with the Wine Basics – Part One and Two: Wine Sense for the Wine Defense. Part One will teach you how to read wine labels, understand wine lists, and comparing and contrasting wines of different qualities, from different regions and wine makers. The 2nd part of the course will discuss all about the components and elements of wine and wine making. The part two of the course focuses more on the components and elements of wine such as the structure and the principles of wine making, which includes aging and other techniques. There will be 10 wines to taste in each class, along with take home notes and glassware as giveaways. Tuition fee is at $65/person/class. Part One will take place on these dates: October 26 and 27, November 9 and 30, and December 1 and 14, 2011, from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Part Two will take place on these dates: October 19 and 20, November 2, 3, 16, and 17, and on December 7, 8, and 15, 2011 from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

The Culinary Institute of America - Food and Wine Pairing 101Hyde Park, New York (845) 452-9600

This one is not officially in NYC, but we could not not include it. From being a world-class culinary school to offering different courses and classes for food and wine enthusiasts, The Culinary Institute of American is all about taking a leap in the education industry. CIA offers its New York class called Food and Wine Pairing 101 which lets the students explore the basic concepts of pairing wine with food. During class, students are taught how to distinguish wines that complement different dishes which could help you in choosing your wines while dining. Each session ends with a wine and cheese tasting and students will each receive a copy of the school’s WineWiseClasses are offered at $125 per person and will take place on the following dates: November 5 and December 10, 2011 at 3:00-5:00pm.

De Gustibus Cooking School - John Ragan-Eleven Madison Park151 West 34th Street, 8th Floor of Macy’s New York, NY 10001 (212) 239-1652

De Gustibus Cooking School is a place where foodies and experts in the food and wine industry meet for the special reasons – love for food and wine. The school hosts lots of monthly food and wine events, which include the upcoming John Ragan event. John Ragan is Eleven Madison Park’s award-winning wine director. He will take the class through one of the world’s best wine producing region, Burgundy. Students will also get to sample different wines, both red and white, sourced from some of the leading vineyards all over the world, include Ragan’s favorite wines. Wines will be paired with some wonderful dishes courtesy of the culinary team from Eleven Madison ParkTickets for this event sell at $100 per person.

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