Wine Classes

Designed for anyone who desires to learn about wine in an environment that is fun, creative and inviting, our fundamentals classes, wine pairing classes and certification programs are ideal whether you are looking to experience something new, further your lifelong passion for wine or discover a new career path. Click on the calendar tab above to view available dates.

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.

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Certifications

Designed for wine professionals and enthusiasts who wish to study to advance their career or knowledge, we offer programs such as Certified Specialist of Wine, WSET and Italian Wine Professional, as well as, online courses. Our students have the advantage of personalized instruction by credentialed educators, classroom exercises, practice exams and organized tastings. Click on the CALENDAR to view upcoming dates and availability.

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Wine & Food Pairings

Taste wine like it was meant to be enjoyed, paired to perfection with regional recipes. Our wine pairing classes featuring wine and cuisine from around the world, provide a unique context for the education and enjoyment of wine appropriate for every level of interest and expertise. Click on the CALENDAR to view upcoming dates and availability.

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Classes, Events & Gifts

Volunteer Assistant Orientation

Each year we host hundreds of classes and private events, from wine appreciation and wine certification programs, to international food and wine pairing classes and hands-on cooking classes. The dedicated group of loyal volunteers that supports our VV staff helps us keep things running efficiently and smoothly. The success of this vibrant program has also been critical to the growth of Atlanta Wine School allowing us to continue to provide our customers with the level of variety and excellence that they’ve come to expect from us.

 


Travel: Stock the Cellar Trip to Sonoma

It’s not a coincidence that Winter WINEland will be celebrated in Sonoma during our travels. Over 40 participating wineries will have unique tastings including vertical tastings. Many will also have special pricing on their wine. It’s a great time to stock up. We will visit several of these wineries as well as some of our other favorites and spend some time on the coast including enjoying oysters by the bay. Join us for this winter escape!


Travel: Harvest Time in Spain

Experience 5 of the top producing areas of Spain, from delicate Cava to hearty Priorat Garnachas. And the cuisine is not to be overlooked! We will sample Spain's traditional asadors as well as their avant-garde Michelin star restaurants. 


Travel: Gastronomic Treasures of Portugal

Discover the Douro Valley and the wine areas surrounding Lisbon.  We will take a day cruise on the Douro River winery hopping, introduce you to traditional Portuguese cuisine, explore local markets and taste liqueurs first made by monks centuries ago.


Travel: Epicurean Luxury in Southern Tuscany and Umbria

Italy is the second largest wine producer in the world after France! This means there is literally something for every oenophile in Italy -a vast array of reds, a variety of whites, sparkling wine even Vin Santo. In addition to the beautiful wines of Tuscany we will explore historic towns, the cheese making process, hunt for truffles and find time to enjoy our stunning villa and all of its luxuries! The long-lasting culinary traditions and history are so compelling. We will experience all this and more in southern Tuscany and Umbria.


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

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

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. 

$59.99

Terroir Showdown: 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? 

$64.99

Terroir Showdown: Napa vs Bordeaux

The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Napa Valley and Bordeaux set the standard for quality wines around the world. Taste Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc-based wines from two of the most renowned wine regions in a comparative tasting like no other. 

$59.00

Terroir Showdown: Germany & Austria!

In this Alpine showdown, we will explore the Mosel and Rhine areas of Germany and the beautiful wine regions of eastern Austria. Discover that, in fact, most Rieslings are not sweet!  Learn the beautifully logical system of classifying German and Austrian wines and amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge! Try, for perhaps the first time, delicious Austrian wines, perfect for Atlanta’s warm sultry summers and enjoy authentic German foods prepared by our executive Chef.

$64.99

Terroir Showdown: 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.
$64.99

Terroir Showdown: Battle of the Pinot Noirs

The process of turning pinot noir grapes into wine can be challenging and no two regions around the world do it quite the same. The result is often called "sex in a glass," so get ready for an evening of sensory excitement in a comparative tasting like no other!

 

$64.99

Terroir Showdown: Australia vs New Zealand

In this showdown from down under, we will explore these two relatively recent world wine powerhouses producing some of the most popular wines available in every category and style. Much more than just Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, the wine growing regions of Australia and New Zealand offer great value and diversity of style. 

$64.99

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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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

TASTING: Clos Pegase & Swanson Vineyards

Experience the best of Napa Valley through the wines of Clos Pegase and Swanson presented by winemaker Robin Akhurst and paired to perfection with traditional recipes in an unforgettable multi course wine dinner. The seven wines presented range in retail from $20 to $115. 

$20.00

Sommelier Smackdown: Man (Or Woman) vs. Wine!

Professional Sommeliers come together in a challenge for sharpest palate! When it comes to tasting blind, who will be the best? But that's not all. Not only do you get to watch, learn, and absorb how the Pro's do it--you will be tasting the SAME WINES blind right along with them!

$59.00

Rosé All Day: A Wine & Food Festival

Spring into summer at the latest addition to our popular Discover festival series. Also known as rosato in Italy, rosado in Spain, and #summerwater on social media, by any other name, a rosé is still one of the most fashionable summer swirls to top a stem. Enjoy unlimited tastings of palate-pleasing, stylish sips with Chef’s complementary culinary creations. There’s never been a more delicious time to get your #rosévibes on!

$59.00

Perfect Pairings: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

Fine wine meets creamy cheeses and decadent desserts in this educational experience featuring unexpected, yet unforgettable pairings. Sip and savor several of history’s greatest indulgences and discover the symmetry and harmony that stems from a perfect pairing.

$59.00

Perfect Pairings: Wine & Artisanal Cheese

Sip and savor your way through the history of the perfect marriage of cheese and wine pairings in this interactive and educational class. In addition to learning about general pairing guidelines and suggestions, your sommelier instructor and cheese aficionado will discuss the cheese making process, history of cheese, main types of cheese and general composition of cheese and wine. 

 

$69.00

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. 

 

$64.99

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.

 


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

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

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

My Big Fat Italian Wine: Luxury Wines of Italy

Join us as we delve into the darker, more brooding, more masculine world of flavors of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines, named for their regions and known for their longevity, structure, acidity and food friendliness. Explore the similarities and differences of these luxury wines in terms of grape variety, wine structure, style, expression, terroir factors and experience for yourself what makes these famous denominations so very special. 

 

 

$74.99

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

Judgment of Paris

Before 1976, no one considered California to be a producer of quality wine. The Judgment of Paris changed this forever. This wine competition, organized by Stephen Spurrier (a British wine merchant), included two blind tastings carried out by French judges. One tasting involved top quality Chardonnay and the other Bordeaux versus California Cabernet Sauvignon. California topped France in both categories putting it on the map as a top producer of quality wine. Join us for this interactive class in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the vinous shot heard around the world, where we will taste through current vintages of six to eight wines that were seen at the competition. 

$64.99

Italia! An educational wine & cheese experience with Chef & Sommelier Roberto Crocenzi

Meet our dear friend Chef, Sommelier & certified Cheese Master, Roberto, from Tuscany! This fall you don’t have to travel far to experience the Tuscan way of life, cuisine and wine. Join us for a one-of-a-kind immersion into the wines and cheeses of the global cuisine and wine-mecca that is Italy, and understand the historical and cultural influences which have shaped the culture as we know today.

 

$59.00