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Wine and Beverage Classes

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Pop open a bottle and bring your wine, beer and spirit senses to new heights with ICE’s classes for libation lovers of every level. Whether you’re no stranger to life’s liquid pleasures, or you’re swirling and spitting for the first time, join us for beginner to advanced instruction on worldly wines, the perfect meal pairings and the ultimate beer and cheese guide. Grab a friend or come solo to shake, mingle and sip your way to becoming an ‘at-home’ mixologist!

Below is a sampling of some of ICE's upcoming Wine and Beverage classes. Note: all students must be 21 years of age or older to register.

WINE 

 

Understanding Wine: A Course for Enthusiasts and Professionals

Classes led John Ragan and taught by top NYC wine and beverage experts
Tuesdays, April 28-June 30, 6:30-9pm
$1,750 • 10 sessions

Are you a serious wine lover looking to deepen your knowledge? Do you want access to the same wine training that Danny Meyer’s sommeliers receive? Do you want to learn to talk intelligently about wine, or start your own collection? If you answered “yes’’ to any of these questions, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this 10-week journey through the wine regions of the world brought to you by ICE along with Union Square Hospitality Group wine director and Master Sommelier, John Ragan. Each week, the course will feature guest instructors including ICE’s Director of Wine Studies, Richard Vayda, as well as wine directors and sommeliers from Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and other restaurants from the USHG family. As part of each class, light bites will be provided by ICE’s chefs. This fast-paced and dynamic curriculum, until now offered exclusively for USHG staff, will take you through all the great wine regions of the world, and includes insights into tasting, pairing, collecting, and much more.

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Wine Essentials

with Richard Vayda
Thursdays, January 22-February 26, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesdays, February 17-March 24, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thurs-Sat, March 5-14, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thursdays, March 18-April 22, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thursdays, April 16-May 28, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesdays, May 27-July 1, 6:30-8:30pm

$495 • 6 sessions
This 6-session course, created by ICE’s Director of Wine Studies, Richard Vayda, uses grape varietals as well as wine making regions, as a key to under-standing the full wine spectrum. You will receive a thorough introduction to wine making, tasting, laws and labeling, as you learn about wine components and taste some of the world’s most celebrated wines. Limited to 32 students.

Session 1: Wine Making & Tasting Basics
Session 2: France - The Wines & Grapes of Burgundy & Bordeaux
Session 3: The Major Wines & Varietals of Italy
Session 4: Spanish & Warm Climate Wines
Session 5: West Coast & New World Wines
Session 6: A Tour of Sparkling Wine

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For students who have completed the Wine Essentials program and wish to take the Wine Exam, please click here to get started.

Advanced Wine Essentials

with Richard Vayda
Wednesdays, February 4-25, 6:30-8:30pm
$325 • 4 sessions
This 4-week continuation of the Wine Essentials I series offers in-depth exploration and tastings of some of the world’s more interesting and unusual wines. Studies will include an expanded array of lesser known varietals and wines, as each class concentrates on one wine category and delves into the wines’ production, characteristics, and uses, including discussions of food and wine pairing. Prerequisite: Wine Essentials I.

Session 1: Advanced White Wines - Side-By-Side Tasting of Interesting Wines; Aromatic & Fruity Wines
Session 2: Advanced Red Wines - In-Depth Comparison of Selected Wines from Old & New World Regions
Session 3: Off-Dry to Sweet - Exploration of Elegant Rieslings to Cru Classé Sauternes
Session 4: Fortified & Aromatized Wines, with Wine Service - Fascinating Wines from Vermouths & Sherries to Madeiras & Portos

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Wine for Couples

with W.R. Tish
Saturday, February 7, 6:30-8:30pm
or Saturday, April 18, 6:30-8:30pm
$180 for two • 1 session

Couples that enjoy good wine and good food live in the best possible city to indulge in both. But they can appreciate its treasures even more when they each have a better grasp of what types of wines they enjoy. Some wines are light, some are heavy; some sharp with acidity, some rough with tannin; some have oak, some don't. The aim of this class will be to gauge what styles of wine appeal most to you—together and individually. Noted wine writer and humorist W. R. Tish, of wineforall.com, will lead you through a range of diverse offerings that are sure to engage your senses and help you make sense of all that the wine world has to offer. Come with a date—or with a group of friends!

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Reserves from the ICE Cellar

with Richard Vayda
Monday, January 26, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-8:30pm
$130 • 1 session
ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, raids the cellar for this spectacular bi-annual tasting of selected premium wines. You will enjoy Cru Burgundies and Bordeaux, aged American Pinots and Cabernets, and other gems in a side-by-side tasting. The evening will start with a delicious sparkling wine, followed by samplings of an ever-varying collection from around the world, and end, of course, with a decanter of vintage dessert wine. Selections change from year to year. You will also enjoy fine cheeses and other nibbles to enjoy the unique beverage selections.

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Three Grapes Three Ways

with Annette Tomei
Friday, March 27, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

There are many factors that affect the flavor of wine, foremost among them climate and growing conditions, winemaking practices, and how the wine is handled after it’s made. We may be aware that these variations exist, but why not learn (the fun way) about the most important part: how do they taste? This class provides the opportunity to discover the answers for ourselves. We'll taste wines produced from three different grape varieties—each in three different styles that reflect the most distinct differences, including: terroir, dry versus sweet, oak or no oak, winemaking, storage practices, and even bottle versus box! Join chef-turned-wine pro Annette Tomei for a highly enjoyable (and plentiful) journey through the beauty and complexity of the winemaking world!

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Chefs in the Wine Cellar: He Said, She Said

with Annette Tomei & Brian DiMarco
Thursday, February 12, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Two chefs turned wine pros + two opinionated palates + two perspectives = twice the fun! As objective as wine professionals hope to be in their analysis of wine, it’s impossible to not have an opinion. Plus, wine is a truly personal experience. So join Annette Tomei and Brian DiMarco, two culinary professionals who left their kitchens to pursue their passions for wine in very different ways, for a highly entertaining and opinionated evening of wine, food, and self-discovery. We will taste wines from some of the world’s greatest wine and food destinations: Italy, France, and Spain. Each will be served with light appetizers from that region, as we engage in an educational, friendly competition of He Said, She Said. How will your own preferences compare?

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The Riches and Glories of Bordeaux

with Richard Vayda
Friday, February 13, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

This course covers the extraordinary variety of wines that prevail in Bordeaux, from the great châteaux of the Médoc, to the older and lesser-known production from smaller regions. You'll learn about wines from the areas in the west and south of Bordeaux that produce magnificent wines—which often sell at a fraction of the price of their more illustrious neighbors. Walk away filled with both extraordinary wine and extraordinary new knowledge!

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Spring Wine Social

with W.R. Tish
Friday, May 8, 6:30-8:30pm
$65 • 1 session

If you'd like to learn more about wine and meet new people, you're in luck! ICE's Wine Social will present 18 wines that cover a wide range of grapes, regions, and styles, all in a casual format that encourages schmoozing with fellow wine lovers. The wines will be selected and presented by W.R. Tish, often considered the funniest guy in the wine business. The detailed program that you'll receive when you enter the classroom means you will be able to spend more time chatting, less time jotting. Come single or come as a group: It's all about fun and good taste! A selection of delightful hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

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Introduction to Wine

with Richard Vayda
Wednesdays, January 21-28, 6:30-8:30pm
or Fridays, February 20-27, 6:30-8:30pm
or Mondays, March 30-April 6, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesday-Friday, May 12-15, 6:30-8:30pm
$160 • 4 sessions
This class, crafted by ICE's resident sommelier Richard Vayda, is tailored to the wine novice who wants a quick, fun and basic introduction to the world of the grape. You'll learn the fundamentals of wine, wine tasting and appreciation, which will start you on the road to critically judging wine color, aroma, flavor, and body. You’ll discover the meaning of such wine concepts as dryness, acidity, fruitiness, tannins, varietals, vintages, and more. Participants interested in continuing their exploration of wine are encouraged to go on to Wine Essentials.

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Burgundy Grand Tasting

with Richard Vayda
Friday, April 24, 6:30-8:30pm
$125 • 1 session

Richard Vayda, ICE's resident sommelier, searches the ICE cellar to find some lovely aged Burgundies to pair with younger samples, offering a true overview of the Bourgogne. This special tasting will feature older Premier Cru wines, a Grand Cru, and regional cheeses. Experience the best of Burgundy under the experienced eye of a truly knowledgeable wine connoisseur!

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Sommelier Secrets

with Richard Vayda
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Nothing is more daunting than having a wine list the size of a phonebook, swimming with incomprehensible foreign terms, dumped into your lap while you’re trying to enjoy a night out. Never fear! This class will forever help you navigate those perilous shoals. Using samples from contemporary wine lists, ICE Director of Wine Studies Richard Vayda will explain the meaning behind the various terms and categories on the typical wine list, and illustrate each by pouring you samples to enjoy. By evening’s end, you will have a firm grasp of the subject and enough background to make informed, delicious choices—and actually have fun while doing it!

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WINE & FOOD PAIRINGS

 

Get It All Delivered: Takeout with Wine

with Richard Vayda
Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

New York is terrific for takeout food. So many choices abound that everyone can find their favorite cuisine. This may seem like a wine-matching nightmare, but in fact, takeout offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your wine-selection skills. A well-paired bottle can turn delivery into dining—or just a more fun and interesting experience. In this class, we sit back with ICE resident sommelier Richard Vayda and have Chelsea deliver some of its best—pizza, Chinese, Latin, and much more—while we snack and experiment with a diverse selection of wines (international whites, reds, and sparkling), learning the principles behind great matches as we discover our new favorite pairings.

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Champagne Gala for Valentine's Day

with Richard Vayda
Saturday, February 14, 6:30-8:30pm
$300 for two • 1 session

ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, pulls out all the stops for this very special Valentine's Day celebration. For this delightful class, you will dine on beautiful hors d'oeuvres along with a select group of wines. Your evening begins with a discussion of the origin and making of sparkling wine, while tasting various examples—from non-vintage to vintage to rosé. The highlight of the tasting features a Prestige Cuvée Champagne paired with an American challenger. The class rounds out with students enjoying a buffet of classic luxury food matches while indulging in additional bubbly, making for a sparkling evening you'll always remember!

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Tapas and Wine Fiesta

with Richard Vayda
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Whether you are looking for party ideas or just want to have a fun and fascinating time sampling wine and food pairings, this evening offers both inspiration and education by taking you on a whirlwind tour of Spain—the perfect setting for a fiesta. Focusing on delicious yet easy-to-prepare tapas, ICE resident sommelier Richard Vayda will guide you around some of the more interesting Spanish wine regions as you discuss and sample traditional tapas selections and wine pairings.

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Robust Reds and Stinky Cheeses

with Richard Vayda
Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Do you need an antidote for the cold weather? Can that antidote never be too rich or too flavorful? How about spending a whole evening with lush red wines from around the world and hearty cheeses that match them? Richard Vayda, ICE's Director of Wine Studies, will discuss cheesemaking and cheese service, as well as red wine and food pairing, as you sip and eat the evening away.

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Italian Festival: Vino, Salume, e Formaggio

with Richard Vayda
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Prosecco, prosciutto, and provolone: some of life’s simplest and tastiest pleasures come straight out of Italy. Join ICE director of wine studies Richard Vayda for a delicious discussion, as you tour some of the major wine regions of Italy while tasting traditional cheeses and cured meats. Winemaking as well as the production of cheeses and salami will be covered. Throughout it all, you'll enjoy a variety of scrumptious Italian pleasures, from fresh and uncomplicated to rich and complex. Un vero festival!

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Wine and Food Pairing Party

with Richard Vayda
Friday, April 10, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

This indulgent spring fête is both an entertaining class and a festive social gathering. You'll get to explore various wines and pair them with tasty hors d'oeuvres, while exchanging tasting notes with your fellow classmates. ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, guides you through an informative and flavor-filled evening, all in a festive party atmosphere. Come on your own or with a group, and join in the learning and fun!

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Porto and Cheese: More than Just Vintage and Stilton

with Richard Vayda
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

The many styles of rich, velvety porto pair beautifully with all sorts of cheeses, and this classic duo makes an extraordinary finish to a meal. In this delicious class, ICE resident sommelier Richard Vayda will discuss the incredible variety of port styles, such as Ruby, Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, and Vintage. He will also describe the region that produces this wonderful wine, how the various styles are crafted, and this treasure's proper presentation and service. Representative ports will be tasted along with their traditional cheese partners.

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Délices de France: French Wines and Cheeses

with Richard Vayda
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

What could be better than wine and cheese—except, perhaps, French wine and cheese! Join ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, for a tour of some of France's best offerings in each category. The class will include discussions of major French wine regions, as well as the origin and processes behind various cheese types, from fresh and creamy to aged and funky. Tastings and pairings of wide selection of both will highlight the evening.

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WHISKEY, BOURBON & SCOTCH

 

Reserve Whiskey Tasting

with Anthony Caporale
Friday, February 6, 6:30-9:30pm
$325 • 1 session
Bourbon, America's national spirit, is in the midst of a boom unlike anything that's been seen since Prohibition. There are more bourbons available than ever before, and prices for the rarest bottles have soared into the thousands of dollars. Even for the dedicated aficionado with four figures to spend on whiskey, the most coveted bottles are nearly impossible to find at any price. So the Institute of Culinary Education has tracked down a true connoisseur's selection of the finest bourbons on the market, and we're offering a select Master Tasting of these elixirs, hosted by celebrity whiskey expert Anthony Caporale, a Kentucky colonel commissioned by the state governor to do bourbon education! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample the very best whiskey our country has to offer under the expert guidance of a world-renowned spirits professional.

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Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch Tasting

with Anthony Caporale
Tuesday, January 6, 6:30-9:30pm
or Thursday, March 5, 6:30-9:30pm
or Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Whether you're a Scotch drinker, a bourbon fan, or you just want to develop an appreciation for dark liquors, this course is for you. Anthony Caporale, producer and host of "Art of the Drink TV" and former beverage manager for Mesa Grill, will introduce you to the history and science behind cask-aged spirits. You will learn the correct way to taste and evaluate different styles, sample both common and rare brands, and compare flavor profiles. Come over to the dark side and find out how fun and accessible the world of whiskey can be! Be sure to sign up for our companion Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology class as well, and get hands-on experience making classic cocktails using these spirits!

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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology

with Anthony Caporale
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Join Anthony Caporale for a hands-on sequel to our consistently sold-out Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting class! You'll master the making of eight classic whiskey cocktails, including: Bourbon and Branch, Seven and Seven, Old-Fashioned, Rusty Nail, Classic Manhattan, Dry and Smoky Rob Roy, Bourbon Whiskey Sour, and Sazerac. Then we'll explore ways to customize these drinks to perfectly suit your tastes—and your guests'. If you've already taken our whiskey-tasting class, this is the ideal next step to apply your knowledge. If you haven't, this class will provide a fantastic overview of how to use whiskey in creating a fantastic cocktail.

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MIXOLOGY & TASTINGS

 

Introduction to Mixology

with Michael Cecconi
Thursday, January 15, 6:30-9:30pm
or Thursday, April 30, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Join Michael Cecconi, bar chief at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar & Books, for an introduction to the world of cocktails. Besides learning to make well-balanced and delectable classic cocktails, you will also taste your way through the essential spirits of a home bar and become familiar and comfortable with using the tools of the trade. We'll make Martinis, Mojitos, Piña Coladas, French 75s, and more!

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Obscure Mixology

with Michael Cecconi
Friday, January 16, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

With the endless spirits available at the liquor store and the expanse of bottles behind most bars, the choices can be dizzying. Let Michael Cecconi, bar chief at Two Sisters Bar & Books in San Francisco, weed through all the options and share the very best with you. Step beyond gin, rum, and whiskey to explore all that this world has to offer. You'll learn the history, uses, and mixing techniques for Amaro, Mezcal, Applejack, Anisette, and much more.

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Winter Mixology

with Michael Cecconi
Saturday, January 17, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Although the weather outside is frightful, Michael Cecconi has a few tricks up his sleeve to make the winter as tasty, tantalizing, and tolerable as the warmer months. Think of him as your very own St. Bernard to fortify you through the cold. You'll learn all the benefits, tricks, and tips for mixing with Homemade Grenadine, Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, Sloe Gin, Beets, and more!

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Couples Cocktails

with Anthony Caporale
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, February 13, 6:30-9:30pm
$180 for two • 1 session

The couple that plays together stays together—and what’s more fun than making drinks for two? Join the host of Art of the Drink TV and ICE Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale as you learn to make amazing His-n-Hers Cocktails: a new way for couples to enjoy drinks together. Each His-n-Hers pairing consists of two cocktails with complementary flavor profiles—one geared toward a more masculine palette and presentation and the other toward more feminine tastes. The flavors are designed to be mixed, preferably through an after-sip kiss. The ingredients, while of high quality, are commonly available, making everything accessible and easy to prepare. Your drinks include: classic and contemporary spins on His-n-Hers Martinis.

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The Cocktail Lab: A Hands-On Workshop

with Jonathan Pogash
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30-9:30pm
or Friday, April 24, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Bartenders, cocktail waitresses, brand ambassadors, advanced amateurs: Are you looking to expand your cocktail-making repertoire? Step behind the bar with The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash, one of the country's premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies. With Jonathan's help, you'll free your creativity as you craft your own original cocktails. After a quick primer on basic bar techniques, current cocktail trends, and the science behind perfect flavor combinations, you’ll be let loose to create your own unique libations, using Jonathan’s guidance to perfect your technique. We will provide a cornucopia of spirits, mixers, fresh fruits, juices, herbs, and spices for your creations, and you’ll have the opportunity to design your own signature cocktail with the help of the pros! Each student receives: Two specialty cocktail samples (one welcome cocktail and one inspiration cocktail); one Daiquiri cocktail made as a group; full instruction by Jonathan Pogash and his team; guidance during the hands-on mixing portion of the class; and follow-up post-class by Jonathan with fully typed-up recipes of your own unique specialty cocktail creation!

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Bartending 101

with Anthony Caporale
Wed-Thu, January 28-29, 6:30-9:30pm
or Tue-Wed, April 7-8, 6:30-9:30pm
$150 • 2 sessions

Are you a working bartender looking to take your technique and product knowledge to the next level? Are you a cocktail aficionado who wants to learn how the pros make drinks? If you want a rock-solid foundation in the history, science, and skills behind professional mixology, this course is for you.

During the first session, you will learn the history, traditions, and production methods behind each major category of alcoholic beverage (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, bourbon, Scotch, beer, and wine), and discuss their flavor profiles and common uses. You’ll do tastings of the popular brands, then learn all of the most common drinks for each liquor.

The very hands-on second session will cover recipes and mixing techniques for both classic and modern cocktails. You’ll learn all about bar setup, glassware, pouring, mixing techniques for each type of drink, best practices, service speed and working clean, recipes, and popular cocktails (straight and rocks; highballs; juice drinks, multi-liquor drinks; martinis; frozen drinks; pousse-cafés; hot drinks; beer and wine cocktails). You'll then have the opportunity to make each drink under Anthony Caporale’s guidance.

Anthony Caporale is the producer and host of Art of the Drink TV and beverage director for Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's flagship restaurant. Caporale has over 20 years of experience as a bar chef and bar instructor, and has been involved in the opening of a dozen major restaurants.

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Slainte: Irish Whiskey Cocktails and Cheeses

with Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-9:30pm
$75 • 1 session

Skip the crowds and join us at ICE this St. Patrick's Day for a special Irish cheese and whiskey cocktail tasting! Art of the Drink TV host Anthony Caporale will present a handpicked selection of craft Irish whiskey cocktails, all paired with world-famous cheeses from across the Emerald Isle. You'll not only learn everything you've always wanted to know about this wildly popular spirit, but you'll also get an introduction to mixology and learn to recreate these unique drinks at home. Each of the four cocktail and cheese pairings will highlight a different aspect of Irish whiskey and demonstrate why Ireland has long been regarded as producing some of the finest cheeses on earth. Plus, we promise to have you out in time to finish celebrating at your favorite pub!

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A Hops Primer with Craft Beers

with Lisa Witkowski
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30pm
$85 • 1 session

Hops drive the craft beer movement in America, and for good reason! They help create each beer’s unique personality, as well as balancing out beer’s malty base. The number of hops in use now is dizzying, but a great place to start is a discussion of the main flavor families. Lisa Witkowski, a Certified Cicerone out of Singlecut Beersmiths, an inventive Queens microbrewery, leads you through a crash course: After a quick overview of hopping beer, we'll do an educational (and delicious) tasting as we learn about hop bitterness vs. hop flavor and aroma; developing helpful descriptors for beer; what makes hops distinctively American, English, or Noble; how they're grown; and much more. Bread and cheese will be served alongside a plentiful selection of unique craft beers!

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Culinary Mixology

with Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Take your cocktails to the next level and start mixing like a chef. Instructor Anthony Caporale, host of Art of the Drink TV, will show you how to make incredible drinks using herbs, spices, vegetables, and other ingredients more commonly found in the kitchen than behind the bar. You will learn to make a Seafood Bloody Mary, add bell peppers to your Mojitos, and spice up your martinis with fresh basil. You're guaranteed to move your liquor cabinet closer to your window-box garden after this class!

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Advanced Mixology

with Michael Cecconi
Friday, May 1, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Cocktail craftsman Michael Cecconi works with a DIY mentality, coupled with a love of great-tasting cocktails, to teach you new ways to spice up the classics and construct your own unique concoctions. In this class, you will make homemade tonic, various reductions, flavored ices, pumpkin liqueur, and more, then learn to use those in the drinks that best highlight them.

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The Mixology of Mexico

with Michael Cecconi
Saturday, May 2, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

The mighty agave plant is the provider of that Scotch from south of the border, Mezcal, and its close cousin, Tequila. These two spirits are much maligned, but there is far more to them than most imbibers know. So forget about the worm and all the inferior shots at inferior parties. Instead, let experienced bar consultant Michael Cecconi lead you through a tasting overview as well as mixing techniques and recipes for these absolutely delicious, frequently misunderstood liquors—just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

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ICE Center for Wine Studies

The ICE Center for Wine Studies in NYC is designed to build your understanding, awareness, and appreciation for the whole spectrum of wine, as well as other beverages such as beer, spirits, and sake.

The course includes a mix of one-session, two-session and six-session classes. The most in-depth wine tasting class at The Institute is the Wine Essentials class, which meets once a week for six weeks, with each session dedicated to a particular topic, such as Bordeaux or sparkling and dessert wines. The school's Wine and Food Workshops teach students to enjoy wines in combination with food. There are also classes on the wines of France, Italy and the west coast of the United States, and the ever-popular Introduction to Wine. In short, whatever your wine tastes and needs, there is a class at ICE to fulfill them.

ICE has also added a new dimension to the program: certificates. The first level of certification is called the Premier Cru Certificate, and the advanced second level is titled the Grand Cru Certificate. Earning these is a way to affirm your newfound knowledge and sample a globe's worth of great wine.

Our wine tasting room is a 900 square-foot facility with full ventilation (so cooking odors from the pastry kitchens don't intrude), bright incandescent light and white tabletops (for accurate wine viewing). The instructors of The Institute who teach our wine tastings and classes, as well as our beer and spirits classes are some of the most competent and celebrated in all of New York City.

For students who have completed the Wine Essentials program and wish to take the Wine Exam, please click here to get started.