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Wine Academy Graduates First Class

Wine Academy Class
Wine Academy Inaugural Class

We are raising our glass to the inaugural class of our Wine Academy! 


Twenty wine loving Chicagoans met for six 2-hour sessions for an in-depth, comprehensive look at topics from wine tasting, wine making, food and wine pairing and dessert wines and aperitifs. Read instructor Diana Hamman's blog about how proud she is of her students.  


And here's what they had to say about their experience: 


"Because we were able to be so hands-on and see, smell, and taste what we were learning about during each class, I absorbed the material (other than grapes) really well! I highly recommend this course to any and all who seek to gain an introductory education to the grandeur of the grape." ~Kathryn Premo Mingione


"Wine Academy is a good fit for restaurant and retail workers who sell wines to the public and want to increase their knowledge and confidence about fine wine. The course covers all the basics from systematic tasting to production methods to food pairing, and students taste textbook examples of wines in many different styles. Instructor Diana Hamann has a savvy & charming manner that really keeps everyone engaged. I think it was worth every penny!" ~Bo Bres     


"Diana is an excellent instructor! Her knowledge, passion and teaching style are impressive. I truly looked forward to each session... and not just for the wine!" ~Connie Martorano


The next session of Wine Academy: Level One begins next week and meets on Monday evenings for six weeks. Sign up here.  


Stay tuned for Level 2 coming in the fall! 


Prost! German Master Wine Class  


Meet Certified Sommelier Elke Girresch as she dishes about the sensational wines of her homeland in this Master Class. If you've ever wondered why your favorite Sommelier gets all ga-ga-gooey on the subject of German Riesling (and increasingly, Pinot Noir), all will be revealed in this in-depth look at the regions, rivers, soils and slate that make German wines world-renowned.


Thursday, June 7, 7pm, Merchandise Mart


Sign up here.    




Upcoming Wine Classes 
Wine ToastClick on each class below to view full description and sign up.
 Food & Wine Pairing Primer
Fri. June 1, 7pm $45 Merchandise Mart

  The Great Wines of Germany
Thurs. June 7, 7pm $65 Merchandise Mart

An Intro to Wine
Fri. June 15, 7pm $45 Lincoln Square

  An Intro to Wine
Sat. June 16, 3pm $45 Merchandise Mart

Wine & Cheese of Spain
Fri. June 22, 7pm $65 Merchandise Mart

     The Oregon Wine Trail
Thurs. June 28, 7pm $60 Lincoln Square

 Pouring Wine  
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