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Wine Academy: New Class & Next Level

With two sold-out Wine Academy classes thus far, we have confirmed Chicago is thirsting for more wine knowledge. So, we are happy to present the next level of The Wine Academy at The Chopping Block: Level Two: The Regions.  


While Level One was all about viticulture, vinification techniques, and varying styles of wine, Level Two focuses on the world's most renowned wine regions of reckoning. The six-week class series will culminate in an exam (followed by a class party!), and each student will receive a certificate of completion and merit.   


Flag GlobeWeek One: France

Week Two: Italy

Week Three: Spain/Portugal

Week Four: Germany/Austria

Week Five: USA

Week Six: Chile/Argentina

Week Seven: Australia/New Zealand/South Africa

Week Eight: Exam/Bring Your Favorite Bottle Party!

Level Two classes will be held on Sundays from 1pm-3:30pm from September 23 - November 11 at the Merchandise Mart. 


Sign up for Level Two


Need to start with the basics? Level One is an in depth, six-week course which provides a solid understanding of wine fundamentals. Our next session will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the Merchandise Mart from October 3 - November 14 (excluding October 31).   


Sign up for Level One.   


Meet a Pioneer of Women Winemakers   

Kathy JosephFiddlehead Cellars  is home to some of the west coast's most critically acclaimed Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Spend an evening with Kathy Joseph, a pioneer among women winemakers and Evanston native. She'll taste you through her current, six-wine line-up from Santa Barbara and the Willamette Valley. You'll even get to try her cellar-select, prestige Pinot, the "Lollapalooza", a nod to the weekend's festival shenanigans in Chicago.  


Wednesday, August 1, 7pm, Merchandise Mart


Sign up here.    




Upcoming Wine Classes 
Wine ToastClick on each class below to view full description and sign up.
 French Wine 101
Fri. July 6, 7pm $50 Merchandise Mart

  The Wines of the Southern Hemisphere
Fri. July 13, 7pm $50 Lincoln Square

 So You Think You Don't Like White Wine
Wed. July 18, 7pm $45 Lincoln Square

   Sparkling Wine from Around the World (and their Cheese Match Made in Heaven)
Fri. July 20, 7pm $70 Merchandise Mart

 An Intro to Wine
Sat July 28, 7pm $45 Merchandise Mart
    Wed. August 1, 7pm $45 Merchandise Mart

 What We're Drinking Now: Rose

Read Wine Goddess Diana Hamann's blog about her choice of summer sippers.
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