Master Classes

Monthly In-Person Master Classes with top specialists in the world

Meet Masters of Wine, Ph.D.’s, and study from the most experienced specialists in the industry.

Master Classes

$65 - $129.00

 Monthly Masterclasses with top specialists in the world.

Meet Masters of Wine, Ph.D.’s, and study from the most experienced specialists in the industry.

Join fellow wine students and enthusiasts for a deep dive on exciting wine topics and interactive tastings. These master classes change monthly and are designed for those who want an educational experience and tastings.

Master Classes are limited to 14 guests. Buy in advance to ensure your spot.

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Bouchard Père & Fils Technical Director, Frédéric Weber

$129.00

Tuesday March 5, 2024 6 PM

Burgundy
with Bouchard Père & Fils Technical Director, Frédéric Weber

Join Bouchard Père & Fils Technical Director, Frédéric Weber, for an evening of discovering the best and most celebrated wines from Burgundy. We will start with an introduction to Burgundy, its history, and numerous appellations, including an in-depth exploration highlighting some of Bouchard Père & Fils’ most iconic and historic wines including our monopoles and exclusivities. This will be an evening you do not want to miss!”

Born in Alsace, Frédéric Weber comes from a family with winemaking roots. After completing an internship in Champagne, he realized his passion for wine and turned his studied towards agronomy and oenology. Frédéric began working at Bouchard Père & Fils in 2002 as an engineering student. After ten years of close and fruitful companionship, he succeeded Philippe Prost as Cellarmaster in 2013. He holds the terroir of each parcel in the highest regard and strives for the absolute best reverence that each demands. Today, Frédéric is responsible for training and passing on the Domaine’s values to his team both in the vines and the cellar. His expertise and approach have elevated Bouchard Père & Fils’ expression of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to be among the finest in Burgundy.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday March 7, 2024 6 PM

All About Aromatic White Wines
with Peter Marks MW

Most folks know about drinking their ABCs (Anything but Chardonnay/Cabernet) but no one talks about drinking A&W unless it’s Root Beer. Yet the world of Aromatic & White wines is amazingly diverse, complex, and downright delicious! In this class we’ll learn how these grapes came into existence and explore wonderful examples of Albariño, Gewürztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes, Vermentino and more!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$65.00

Tuesday March 19, 2024 6 PM

Sustainable Cork Masterclass
with Patrick Spencer, Director of the Natural Cork Council

In this class on sustainable wine closures, we undertake a holistic examination of the diverse options available to winemakers and their implications from consumer standpoints. Our focus extends to comparing and contrasting screw caps, plastic closures, and natural cork, illuminating the multifaceted considerations surrounding sustainability. From the winemaker’s perspective, we analyze the practical aspects of each closure type. We delve into the environmental ramifications, exploring factors such as material sourcing, manufacturing processes, and end-of-life disposal. Moreover, we investigate consumer attitudes and preferences, discerning how perceptions of authenticity, tradition, and environmental responsibility influence purchasing decisions. By critically evaluating these closure options through a lens of sustainability, our class aims to equip future industry leaders with the knowledge needed to make informed choices that uphold ecological integrity.

Patrick Spencer Bio:

Patrick is the Executive Director of the Natural Cork Council,(NCC) a nonprofit member organization that works to promote sustainable cork forestry, harvesting and production. NCC members adhere to rigorous testing and auditing requirements, which ensure the highest quality of natural cork to their wine industry partners.

Prior to this role, Patrick led the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance,(CFCA) a nonprofit organization that worked in the Cork Oak forests on reforestation and conservation projects. The CFCA also established the largest natural cork recycling program in North America. Mr. Spencer has a BS degree in Environmental Sciences from Central Connecticut State University. 

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday April 25, 2024 6 PM

How Sweet it is!
with Peter Marks MW

People often say they prefer dry wines, but then are happily surprised to taste a sweet one. This class will reveal why sweet wines are so famous, how they are made, where they come from, and why we should enjoy them more often! We’ll taste an array of noble, non-fortified, sweet wines from around the globe. Why have cake and ice cream when you can have dessert in a glass!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday June 20, 2024 6 PM

Rhône Blends Around the World
with Peter Marks MW

The remarkable wines of the Rhone Valley in France have inspired many around the world to duplicate their success. Who are these so-called Rhone Rangers, and where are they? You’ll find out as we unearth the best examples and the impressive range of Rhone-style white, red, and rosé wines made in France and around the world.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday July 25, 2024 6 PM

China
with Gus Zhu MW

Over the last decade, mainland China has witnessed a wine production transformation at a pace surpassing that of any other region worldwide. Despite this remarkable evolution, Chinese wines are seldom encountered in international markets beyond China. Seize this unique opportunity to join Gus Zhu, Master of Wine, in exploring a diverse array of Chinese wines that are nearly impossible to procure in the United States. Gain insights into the distinct terroir and the Chinese wine industry, which diverges significantly from practices elsewhere in the world.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Friday October 25, 2024 6 PM

Champagne Day
with Monika Bielka-Vescovi DipWSET

We know that the world of champagne can be a little confusing. That’s why we created this event for you. You will learn about all the different types of champagne, from single varietal to blends and nonvintage to vintage. You will also get an opportunity to taste them all!
This event will teach you everything you need to know about this iconic drink so that when it’s time for your own celebration, you’ll feel confident ordering a bottle of this famous bubbly for yourself or your guests. And if all else fails, we’ve got some great ideas on how to make any day feel like Champagne Day!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday November 21, 2024 6 PM

Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau
with Peter Marks MW

Once underappreciated, the wines of Beaujolais and the versatile Gamay grape are now revered by consumers and experts alike. Beaujolais offers just about everything one could ask for in a wine – drinkability, fruitiness, structure, and at an affordable price. Come and discover the great gems and producers of this transformative region as we taste the just-released Beaujolais Nouveau up to and including the incredible Crus of Beaujolais.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

What you need to know about Master Classes

IN-PERSON COURSE & WORKSHOP REFUNDS & TRANSFERS

Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427

 

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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)

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1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

 

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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)

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1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

 

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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)

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1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606

 

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Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559

 

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