Fundamentals

Designed for anyone who desires to learn about wine in an environment that is fun, creative and inviting. Our recreational courses are ideal whether you are looking to further your lifelong passion for wine or discover a new career path. Click on the CALENDAR to view upcoming dates and availability.

Classes, Events & Gifts

Off the Beaten Path: Roaming the Rhône Valley

Discover the 2nd largest wine-producing region in France, the Rhône Valley. Known for its spicy aromatics, range of styles, sun-baked vineyards and rich history, the wines of the Rhône attract global attention exerting a huge influence on wines produced all over the world. 

 


Terroir Showdown: New World vs Old World

The showdown you've been waiting for is here! "Old World" and "New World” - two terms that spark debate among wine lovers around the world, yet so often misunderstood and thrown about broadly without fully understanding the difference between the two styles. During this educational tasting and comparative tasting like no other, you will learn what distinguishes these two areas, how their wine styles and traditions differ, and what makes each distinct from the other. 


VIRTUAL TASTING: María Luz Marín of Casa Marin

Since you can’t visit wine country, we’re bringing wine country to your living room! Join us for live, interactive tastings with winery owners, winemakers and other friends of Vino Venue. Wines presented will be available for sale at Vino Venue so you can taste along for the ultimate sensory experience. Zoom invitation will be shared upon purchase of two or more bottles of wine.

VIRTUAL TASTING: Rui Abecassis of Obrigado Vinhos Portugal

Since you can’t visit wine country, we’re bringing wine country to your living room! Join us for live, interactive tastings with winery owners, winemakers and other friends of Vino Venue. Wines presented will be available for sale at Vino Venue so you can taste along for the ultimate sensory experience. Zoom invitation will be shared upon purchase of two or more bottles of wine.

VIRTUAL Wine Country: Barossa Valley

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Adam Pucillo. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


VIRTUAL Wine Country: Oregon's Stunning Willamette Valley

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Ryan Mullins. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


VIRTUAL Wine Country: Roaming the Northern Rhône

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Adam Pucillo. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


VIRTUAL Wine Country: Southern Rhône with Château de St. Cosme

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Ryan Mullins. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


VIRTUAL Wine Country: Toro, Spain

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Adam Pucillo. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


VIRTUAL Wine Country: Under the Tuscan Sun

Since you can’t travel to wine country, we’re bringing the best of wine country to your living room! Join us as we explore the greatest wine producing areas of the world with your personal tour guide and wine expert, Adam Pucillo. Discover small production wineries and unique varietals while you uncover hidden gems and delve behind the scenes at some of Adam’s favorite off-the-beaten-path wine producers. 


Fundamentals of Wine ONLINE

Our fundamentals online class is designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the world of wine. Certified Sommelier Kelly Wheeler will help you gain more in-depth knowledge such as understanding the major varietals and their typical characteristics, key wine regions around the world, winemaking processes, and basic food pairings.

 

$49.99

New World vs Old World ONLINE: Cabernet Sauvignon

The online comparative series you've been waiting for is here! "Old World" and "New World” - two terms that spark debate among wine lovers around the world, yet so often misunderstood and thrown about broadly without fully understanding the difference between the two styles. 

 

$49.99

New World vs Old World ONLINE: Chardonnay

The online comparative series you've been waiting for is here! "Old World" and "New World” - two terms that spark debate among wine lovers around the world, yet so often misunderstood and thrown about broadly without fully understanding the difference between the two styles. 

 

$49.99

New World vs Old World ONLINE: Pinot Noir

The online comparative series you've been waiting for is here! "Old World" and "New World” - two terms that spark debate among wine lovers around the world, yet so often misunderstood and thrown about broadly without fully understanding the difference between the two styles. 

 

$49.99

ONLINE CLASS: Bubbles & All That Sparkles

Who doesn’t love a class that’s all about bubbles? Sparkling wines are undoubtedly fun, sophisticated and capable of turning any moment into a grand celebration. This educational class will feature our favorite bubbles from around the world conveniently packaged in 375 ml bottles!

$49.99

Terroir Showdown ONLINE: Burgundy vs Bordeaux
The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Burgundy and Bordeaux set the standard for quality wines around the world. Join us for an in-depth, comparative tasting and study of terroir of two of the most notable wine regions globally. of , from Burgundy to Bordeaux. You will taste eight (8) typical, quality wines, each showing specific terroir characteristics based on their superior growing area along with Chef's choice of appetizers.
$49.99

Terroir Showdown ONLINE: Napa vs Sonoma

The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Napa Valley and Sonoma set the standard for quality wines from the United States. Collectively known as California wine country, side by side and separated by a mountain range, these renowned wine regions are far from interchageable. Do you prefer the glitz and glamor of iconic Napa Valley or the laid back, off the beaten path charm of Sonoma? 

$49.99
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Fundamentals of Wine: Food Pairing 101

To experience a perfect pairing of wine and food is to experience magic. In this interactive class you’ll learn the strategies used by sommeliers to maximize the chances of making good or even great pairings by looking at basic pairing theories and experiencing how different styles of wine interact with primary flavor components.

$50.00

Liquid Gold: Sweet & Fortified Wines

Sweets for the sweet! In this educational class, you’ll explore the decadent world of sweet and fortified wines, otherwise known as dessert wines, and the foods to pair with them.

$50.00

VIRTUAL TASTING: Central Italy with Charles Lazzara

Since you can’t visit wine country, we’re bringing wine country to your living room! Join us for live, interactive tastings with winery owners, winemakers and other friends of Vino Venue. Wines presented will be available for sale at Vino Venue so you can taste along for the ultimate sensory experience. Zoom invitation will be shared upon purchase of two or more bottles of wine.


VIRTUAL TASTING: Javier Gomez of Altos las Hormigas

Since you can’t visit wine country, we’re bringing wine country to your living room! Join us for live, interactive tastings with winery owners, winemakers and other friends of Vino Venue. Wines presented will be available for sale at Vino Venue so you can taste along for the ultimate sensory experience. Zoom invitation will be shared upon purchase of two or more bottles of wine.


Fundamentals of Wine: Beginners Only

Come to terms with the world of wine in a special tasting that helps you understand wine and how it’s made, while learning about key varietals and regions so you can express yourself and truly enjoy what’s in your glass. In this unique class, you’ll enjoy tasting a variety of wines while an expert (wine coach) explains common expressions and key characteristics used to explain each wine. You will also learn the lexicon of wine, food & wine pairing basics, buying/storing/serving tips, and all the while expand your palate and discover new favorites. Learning about wine has never been easier or more fun!

 

$59.99

Fundamentals of Wine: Taste Like A Pro

Using your powers of observation, your sense of smell, and solid wine information (and process of elimination), one can deduce the identity of a wine. Notice during this process you haven't even tasted the wine! Yes, it can be done. Which means it can be taught!

$59.99

Not Your Mama's Chardonnay

Chardonnay is arguably the most famous white grape variety in the world, and also the most widely planted, but its profile in any given wine differs entirely depending on terroir and the winemaker’s whim. Few varieties posses the versatility, austerity, power, richness and complexity of Chardonnay. Which style will you prefer?

$59.99

Off the Beaten Path: Oregon Wine Trail

Join us to explore the richness of Oregon’s unique terroir, varied climate, passionate winemakers, wide variety of grapes from Arneis to Zinfandel and a taste of the region’s mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine. Experience the fine wines and pioneering spirit of Oregon in an educational, interactive tasting of unexpected whites, legacy pinot noir and delightful surprises in between.

 

$59.99

Terroir Showdown: Que Syrah Sirah

What's in a name? In this fun and educational class we’ll explore the mind boggling difference between Syrah, Shiraz and Petite Sirah through an interactive tasting. You will learn what distinguishes the various Syrah/Shiraz growing regions around the world, how the wine styles and traditions differ, and what makes each distinct from the other. You’ll also learn that there is nothing small about Petite Sirah and though the grapes are demonstrably different, they weave a similar pattern of style and location to Syrah, complementing each other on the journey from vine to wine. Experience this delicious journey with a few of Chef’s complementary tastes!

 

$59.99

Think Pink: 50 Shades of Rosé

You think you know rosé. Perhaps you love it, or hate it, but do you really understand its broad range of styles and possibilities? Taste a wide variety of rosé wines from sparkling to rich and complex to sweet. There’s something for everyone when it comes to this often misunderstood variety. Which style will you prefer?

$59.99

Behind the Label: Show me the Money!

Have you ever wondered what goes into pricing wine? What do you really get when you spend a lot more on a special bottle of wine and what’s the real difference between a $10 bottle and a $40 bottle of wine? Join us for Show me the money and find out!

$64.99

Bubbles & All That Sparkles

Who doesn’t love a class that’s all about bubbles? Sparkling wines are undoubtedly fun, sophisticated and capable of turning any moment into a grand celebration. This educational class will feature our favorite bubbles from around the world including Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and so much more!

$64.99

Fundamentals of Wine: France!

Enjoy a tour of France through its famous wine regions- Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, and more. And what's better than French wine? French wine paired with a taste of traditional cuisine, of course! 

$64.99