Flatiron Wine School classes are taught by the wine geeks on our team who happen to love teaching, learning together and sharing everything that excites us with all of you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginner or expert, you’ll learn a lot: we pride ourselves on an incredibly diverse array of class themes, wine styles and regions, and levels of technicality from Wine 101 to masterclasses. You don’t need prior knowledge to attend many of our classes, but if your goal is to be a wine connoisseur, we’d love to help you get there.
Teachers who love to teach: Sure, many of us have prestigious credentials from certification courses like WSET, CSW and CS (and have even taught them!). But we also have the school-of-hard-knocks bona fides: years of experience working across the wine industry, from cellar rat gigs to fine wine appraisal and everything in between. What brings us here is a love of communicating that knowledge, sharing what we think is cool, and getting questions from our students that constantly challenge us. The best thing about wine is that you can never really know it all––but that doesn’t stop us from trying.
Incredible wine: We get a lot of compliments on our incredible global selection of wine. For our classes, we pull out all the stops to show you classics, under-the-radar gems, everyday values and very special treats. And if you taste something you like, wines shown in classes are usually discounted for attendees, so it’s a great chance to stock up.
Normally Flatiron Wine School classes feature wines taken off our shelves and an instructor from our team. Sometimes one of our suppliers or event partners is providing the wine and instruction––so we can pass the savings on to you, with a less expensive class ticket that can often be converted to store credit.
And some topics just necessitate a higher price tag (like a Burgundy or classed-growth Bordeaux deep dive). Varying the pricing based on our costs allows us to deliver great value to you with every class.
Most events at Flatiron Wines start at 6pm, but always check the event description––if there’s a different start time we’ll make it really clear. Run time is about 90 minutes for all classes.
Just let us know as soon as possible. With at least 24 hours’ notice, a class ticket can be transferred to a future class or to a friend taking your place, or refunded if you can’t come to a future class. No-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of the start of class will still get a store credit for events where tickets convert to gift cards, and will still have access to discounted pricing on the wine used in class, but cannot be refunded.
Call the shop to let us know––Julia may not be checking her email while setting up the class. We’ll save your spot, but please note many of our events and classes have a wait list, and be courteous. If we haven’t heard from you and you aren’t in your seat 15 minutes after the start of class, we may give your spot to someone on the waiting list. If you’re so late you can’t make it at all, see above.
Sweet, email Julia.
If enough people are interested, sure. Email Julia of your interest.
Yes! We’d love to host your group or conduct a class at your space. Email Julia of your interest.
At this time we’re not certified as a provider for professional wine certifications (though two of our instructors have them, and can point you in the right direction). Never say never, but we like being able to create our own curriculum and tailor our classes to the students in front of us.
Say hello to our instructors!
Our team of educators have a deep knowledge of wine and an effective, engaging communication style. They also have some of the highest professional credentials our industry has to offer and the experience to back them up.
Julia has been working in the wine industry since 2008, when she wandered into a small Niagara Escarpment winery for a tasting and left with a job. Her roles since then have included wine (and beer) writer and editor, vineyard worker in Southern Wisconsin, retail buyer in Chicago, harvest intern in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and communications/education manager for Willamette Valley Wine. She is now Flatiron's events manager and buyer for New World wines.
A passionate educator, Julia has been teaching classes, seminars, private events and tutoring sessions on wine for over a decade. She is a certified WSET instructor and holds a WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits as well as an Italian Wine Professional certification. Julia believes in the power of wine to facilitate important conversations about sustainability, agriculture, labor, memory and psychology, and she has never fallen out of love with wine's ability to combine topics from geography and microbiology to language, politics and history in unexpected ways.
Annie is a 30-year veteran of the wine and spirits industry, having started in the family wine appraisal business before she was legally able to drink. She and her father are certified wine and spirit appraisers, for insurance, estate, divorce, advisory, and counterfeit investigation, among others. Under her persona, the Wine Minx®️, Annie is a wine writer and educator, and is the host of "Broadway Buzzed," "Wine Minx: Uncorked," and the upcoming "Hitting the Spots" on YouTube. She is also an international wine judge, she just completed her first book on wine, and she is developing a drinks-and-travel podcast, “Sips & Trips: The Podcast.”
Annie holds the prestigious Diploma in Wines and Spirits (Wine and Spirit Education Trust,) is a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers,) and a Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits (Society of Wine Educators.) She is an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America, and is Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant. She is also a professional performer, having appeared on Broadway, film, and TV. And she has sung the national anthem for 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams. More info at www.wineminxannie.com and on instagram @wineminxannie.
Expert-led classes to get you started on your wine journey.
Deep dives are the perfect way immerse yourself in a specific region or topic of interest to you. Basic wine knowledge or previous class attendance is recommended.
One-of-a-kind classes taught by recognized industry experts with deep knowledge or skill.