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Wine Appreciation Foundational Series Fall '22

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Wine Appreciation Foundational Series Fall 22

$250 In-Person (For the 4-class series. Food & wine provided in class; doors open at 6pm for welcome wine and cheese, class begins at 6:30)
$99 Online (The wine list + link will be emailed the weekend before)

This mini-course comes as a "boxed set" of four classes and gets to the heart of understanding the basics of wine tasting, popular terminology, general winemaking, and guidelines for food and wine pairing. 

Each tasting is about 90 minutes and explores four to six wines per class.

Approachable and welcoming for the new wine enthusiast, and an insightful brush-up for the wine veteran, each workshop is interactive, educational, and entertaining.

In person classes are held at Vantage Venues, 150 King St. West, 27th floor, downtown Toronto. 

Online classes will have a special code for a Zoom link and password. 



In person classes are held at Vantage Venues, 150 King St. West, 27th floor, downtown Toronto. 

Online classes will have a special code for a Zoom link and password. 

Wine Appreciation Foundational Series includes four, 90-minute (or so) classes:

Tuesday September 13 – Learn to Taste – a tutored tasting covering the basics of how to properly taste wine, general wine making techniques, and an overview of how terroir – the climate and geography of a vineyard – impacts what’s in the glass.

Tuesday, September 20 – Wine Styles Defined – Building upon Learn to Taste, we explore wines in popular style categories. Here we aim to understand body, dryness, tannin, and acid, as well as other popular characteristics.

Tuesday, September 27 – Sparkling Wine Exploration – This is a fascinating overview to the different styles of bubbly and techniques to making it. We look at Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and bubbly from elsewhere in the world.

Tuesday, October 4 – Food and Wine Pairing – If you’ve ever been perplexed about what to serve with your Tuesday night tacos, or Saturday night steak, this is the workshop for you! In this highly interactive session, we taste through different flavours to understand the rules of food and wine pairing. Then we learn how to break them.


Doors open at 6pm for a welcome wine and cheese, class starts promptly at 6:30 and should run about 90 minutes or so.

Vantage Venues is located on the 27th floor of 150 King St W., at University Ave, in Toronto. It is conveniently located on both the subway line and 504 streetcar line and is a six-minute walk to Union Station. Paid parking is readily available, but please don't drink and drive. 

*We are sorry, but, just like theatre or sporting events, there are no refunds, exchanges, or video replays of this class. Please double check your schedule to ensure you can attend online or in person* 

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:

would recommend our wine workshops to a friend
learned more about wine
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.)

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