It’s time to start getting ready for DC Wine Week 2014 (Oct 11-18)! In preparation for our big week, DCanter Wine Boutique is offering wine tasting classes each month to help you brush up on your wine knowledge.
Ticket prices for each class vary and include six wine tastings, pairings, and discounts on purchases of wines tasted in class.
All classes are held at DCanter Wine Boutique, 545 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003.
Pick Your Class
Check out our list of DC Wine Week Summer School Classes:
- Dazzling Sparklers: An Exploration of Sparkling Wine
- July 22nd, 2014
- July 31st, 2014 (ADDITIONAL DATE!)
- Class held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM
- We’re a long way from New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pop open the bubbly! Taste sparkling wines, while getting answers to questions like: Where do the bubbles come from? How are sparkling wines classified? How is sparkling wine made? What is the difference between Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco? Learn what flavor each type of sparkling wine provides and what you can generally expect from each of them. After this class, you’ll be able to confidently pick your sparkling favorite just by reading the label or wine list!
- July 22: Ticket $40
- July 31: Ticket $40
- August, 13th 2014
- Class held from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
- Pairing wine and food starts off easily enough – whites with fish and reds with beef. But it starts getting complicated when you add sauces, spices, and herbs to the mix. We’ll walk you through the basics, including how your wine pairing is affected by cooking methods, dominant and secondary flavors, and food texture. We will also examine how to pair wines with traditional flavor profiles, such as French, Italian, Thai, and Latin cuisines. You will leave the class with a better understanding of how wines influence taste sensations, enhance, and even detract from different foods. This class is recommended for individuals who are already familiar with common wine styles and popular wine regions.
- Ticket $40
- September, 18th 2014
- Class held from 8:00 to 9:00 PM
- Since the famous Judgment of Paris occurred in 1976, an ongoing debate has endured: Which is better, Old World wine or New World wine? The Old World has centuries of tradition and experimentation on its side while the New World has the latest technologies. During this class, we will remove all preconceptions that one might have about which style of wine is better. We will discuss the differences in winemaking traditions, regulations, and philosophies that influence winemaking in different regions. Along the way, you will taste six wines blind, appreciate their strengths, and explore their differences. In the end, you might just find something to love about the Old and the New and be surprised by which wines you like best!
- Ticket $35
- Accounting for Taste: Pairing Wine with Food
- Old World vs. New World Wine: Styles, Traditions & Tastes