By popular demand, we've added summer classes to the Flatiron Wine School calendar! Each class is $50, but with our four-class pass you can learn and taste all summer long for $180.
July 10: Oregon is for Lovers (taught by Julia Burke, DWSET)
Oregon's Willamette Valley has won worldwide acclaim for its Pinot Noir. But do you really know Oregon? Its subtle, magnificent Chardonnays? Its stunning Columbia Gorge and Rocks District, the new frontiers of American wine? Its glorious and affordable offbeat blends including grapes from Gamay to Schioppettino?
Flatiron's own Julia Burke (DWSET) worked in Oregon's wine industry for five years and will share how she fell in love with this amazing state, as not one but several wine regions among the most exciting in the world. This class will begin at 6:00pm on Monday, July 10 and run for approximately 90 minutes as we taste five wines. Wines discussed in class will be available for purchase with a discount available to attendees only. Seating is limited.
July 24: Can Quality Be Objective? (taught by Annie Edgerton, DWSET, CS, CSW)
What does quality mean? How can I assess the quality of a wine that might not be my favorite style? Are more expensive wines “better” quality, and why or why not? Do regional classifications matter? This theoretical discussion and semi-blind tasting will focus on the dance of personal preference, wine hierarchy, and producer’s intention, to try and figure out if “quality” is an objective description.
Flatiron team member and Wine Minx®️ Annie Edgerton is fascinated by what makes a wine a “quality” wine and whether that can truly be assessed objectively. Join us for a tasting of five amazing wines as we explore our own preferences—and those the wine world calls attention to—to see if “quality” is something that can be universally tasted, or is it just a sham. (We'll also learn what “FBLIICCATEDX” means!)
August 7: Welcome to South Africa (taught by Julia Burke, DWSET)
Julia's passion for South Africa is no secret, but she has a particular case to make for this amazing wine region: it's one of the best places in the world to find wineries engaged in amazing social and environmental initiatives. From diverse winemaker initiatives and economic empowerment to grassroots sustainability agreements between benchmark estates, South Africa's brands don't just make wine worth supporting––they also make wine that will take your summer grilling, entertaining and date nights to the next level.
Flatiron's own Julia Burke (DWSET) worked two harvests in South Africa and will present some of her favorite South African wines. This class will begin at 6:00pm on Monday, July 10 and run for approximately 90 minutes as we taste five wines. Wines discussed in class will be available for purchase with a discount available to attendees only. Seating is limited.
August 21: Unlocking the Secrets of Blind Tasting (taught by Annie Edgerton, DWSET, CS, CSW)
It’s no surprise that fancy Wineaux with lots of credentials are experienced blind tasters. There is definitely something to be said for learning and experiencing enough to be able to asses a wine without knowing its pedigree, variety, or origin. But so many wine lovers (and a few Hollywood productions) are entranced by the incredible confidence with which some tasters are able to identify wines. How do they do it?
Whether you are a very experienced taster or a wine lover just beginning your journey, Flatiron team member and Wine Minx®️ Annie Edgerton will help you unlock the secrets of blind tasting.
This class will sample five wines blind and cover how to assess structural elements of acid, tannin, body, and alcohol, along with fruit intensity, concentration, complexity, and evolution, and more. Annie will help you focus the “mental Rolodex” of wines you’re familiar with, and show you how to pick up cues from winemaking, origin, variety, and quality to impress your friends—or maybe undertake high-level wine exams! This class will begin at 6:00pm on Monday, August 21 and run for approximately 90 minutes. Wines discussed in class will be available for purchase with a discount available to attendees only. Seating is limited.
Each class begins at 6pm. Classes will last approximately 90 minutes and feature five wines. Wines discussed in class will be available for purchase with a discount available to attendees only. Seating is limited.
Single class admission: $50
Four-class series pass: $200 $180