For wine lovers big on wine, but short on time

Wine School

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Interactive, educational & flat-out fun wine tastings, workshops and experiences.

Wine School, with classes now offered both in-person downtown Toronto, and online anywhere in the world, is the wine enthusiasts' go-to for all the information they need – without all the fluff. Just want to know whether Chianti is a grape or a place without having to write a disertation on it? We got you. 

Joining us in person? Doors open at 6pm for a welcome wine and cheese pairing, with class starting promptly at 6:30.  

Tuning in online? The Zoom room opens at 6:30 for class, please have your wines ready. 

(We also regularly offer wine makers' dinners, cooking classes with wine pairings and more social experiences. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know of our sell-out wine and food events.)

 

Wine School in person: all our events start with a welcome glass of bubbly and an instagram-worthy, artisan cheese plate. And of course the wine for the tasting, as well.

Tried something you love? We've got a market place where you can shop for all your favourite wines and cheeses from the evening's tasting.  

Virtual Wine School: we use a password protected, Zoom channel for secure broadcasting. We send you your special link and wine list ahead of time (generally 2 days before the event), so you can pick up what will be needed for the class. We also include a handy list of recommendations for your atmosphere and other tips to maximize the success of your tasting. 

All other events (virtual cooking classes, wine makers' dinners etc.): Each one of our unique wine experiences is its own little snowflake! So while offers and inclusions are always generous, they differ from event to event. But you can find all the information you need under each event listing. 

 


wine glasses clinking

Learn to Taste

Learn to Taste gives you the foundations you need to taste wine like a pro.

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wine styles defined

Wine Styles Defined

Oaky, tannic, dry ... these descriptors can confuse and elude the most earnest wine enthusiast. Wine Styles Defined aims to make tangible this nebulous wine terminology with an insightful tasting of eight wines of specific character.

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picnic of wine, bread and cheese

Principles of Food and Wine Pairing

A delicious and insightful workshop that explains why some food and wine pairings work, and why others don't. 

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wine glasses on a balcony overlooking the water and an old town

Old World/New World Compare and Contrast

Examine eight wines, four styles, to understand how terroir – the land, the grape growing and the wine maker's decisions –  impact the final taste of a wine. 

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Sparkling Wine Exploration

Join us for this exciting class as we looks at the differences between Champagne and other sparkling wines of the world.  

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Hidden Gems: Great Wines You've Never Heard Of

There are over 3,000 wine grapes in the world. In this tasting discover six new ones. 

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Italian vineyard and winery

Wines of Italy

Join us for a tasting tour of some of Italy's most notable wines.

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wine and cheese

Wine and Cheese

An interactive workshop where you build your own cheeseboard (with keepsake board!) with paired wines. 

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Red Wines of the World

A must attend for red wine lovers! This tasting of red wines from light to full bodied offers comprehensive look at the different styles of red. 

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Great Wines Under $20

There are hidden gems in the wine world – if you know where to look! 

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Hear From Real People!

Erin is an AMAZING instructor and gets full marks for being engaging and informative without being intimidating.
Loved every minute! Erin not only was very knowledgeable but made every class approachable and fun. So many laughs were had. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
This was a wonderful series of classes. I learned so much and had a lot of fun. It was great value for the money as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines.

But Don’t Take It From Us!

Here’s what survey results show from our past students:

85%
would recommend our wine workshops to a friend
92%
learned more about wine
96%
were (very) happy with the workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Wine School classes are hosted in person at Vantage Venues, 150 King St W. 27th floor. This is at the corner of King and University downtown Toronto and is easily accessible by TTC, and only a few blocks from Union Station. Lots of Green P's surround the building, but as always, please don't drink and drive.

Anyone purchasing a virtual class automatically gets added to our virtual class list.

A few days before your tasting is scheduled we will email you your own private, password protected zoom-link as well as the wine list of wines being tasted that evening, and a few other helpful instructions to maximize your success.

When you attend in person, we provide you with the wines for the tasting as well as a welcome wine and cheese pairing at the start of class. For virtual classes, you are responsible for purchasing your own wine for the tasting and we send out the list a few days in advance.

Pricing reflects the wines and how many are being served. Typically $60 will be 4 wines, and $75 will be about 6-8 samples depending on the class.

2 oz per person, per wine.

We like how you think, but sadly, no. In order for us to keep these tastings as affordable as possible, we have to limit how much wine we can serve. However, this year we are introducing a Market Place, where wines tasted in class will be available for purchase, along with vacuum-sealed cheese and charcuterie.

There is a cheese board set out at the beginning of class to be enjoyed with a welcome glass of wine. Unless otherwise stipulated in the class outline, we will not be serving food with the wine tasting.

Well, we're always hungry, so that would be a big thumbs up from us. Class runs from 6:30pm to about 8pm, so you may want to have a bite before coming to keep your tummy from growling.

That depends on the class, of course, but we do try to keep these wines and classes as accessible as possible. Generally you can expect a median price of $20 per bottle. Some classes we might have a stellar example that's as low as $10 or $15, and other classes, such as our sparkling wine class, will include Champagne that could be $80 or $100 a bottle. It's just the nature of the class.

That's the idea! We hope you will maximize your success in the class by tasting along with us, but of course, that's entirely up to you. Generally speaking, open wines will last in the fridge for about 3-7 days, depending on style.

We are small business owners and want to do what's right as it's been a challenging time for everyone. A price per computer seems fair. Hopefully that means if you want to get the gang together every week (which sounds like a great idea to us!) and in order for everyone to get a good view, you play the class off your big screen, well maybe you feel it's fair to buy two or three tickets. We're all in this together, right?

No, we are unable to offer replays of the class. Please double check your schedule to make sure you can attend!

Just like theatre or concert tickets, all event sales are final. If you are unable to make a class, feel free to give your seat away to a friend. And please make sure when purchasing, you are buying the class you want in the format you prefer (online or in-person.)

For support issues or any questions, please email us at drinkwithus@thewinesisters.com