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Wine Classes

Wine Classes at ICE

Wine Essentials: Classic World Wine Tour

Richard Vayda
Tuesdays, May 23-June 27, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesdays, June 21-August 2, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesdays, September 5-October 10, 6:30-8:30pm
$495 • 6 sessions

This six-week course, created by ICE Director of Wine Studies Richard Vayda, uses grape varietals, as well as winemaking regions, as the keys to understanding the full wine spectrum. You will receive a thorough introduction to winemaking, tasting, laws, and labeling as you learn about wine components and taste some of the world’s most celebrated wines.

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

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Wine Essentials II

Richard Vayda
Wednesdays, October 11-November 1, 6:30-8:30pm
$325 • 4 sessions

This four-week continuation of the Wine Essentials 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.

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

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Introduction to Wine

Richard Vayda
Tuesdays, May 2-9, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thursdays, July 13-20, 6:30-8:30pm
$190 • 2 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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Reserves from the ICE Cellar

Richard Vayda
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30-8:30pm
$130 • 1 session

ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, raids the cellar for this spectacular biannual 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. We'll end, naturally, 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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Wine for Couples

W.R. Tish
Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, October 6, 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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Beyond California: Exploring the U.S. Wine Scene

Richard Vayda
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Sparklers from Albuquerque? Crisp whites from Texas? Robust reds from Mid-Atlantic states? The American wine world extends far beyond its most famous regions. Join ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, for a fun and flavorful U.S. wine tour outside of California, as you crisscross the country to find some of the nation's great lesser-known wines. A delicious selection of American cheeses will accompany your tour.

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Burgundy Grand Tasting

Richard Vayda
Thursday, June 8, 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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Sangria: Party Perfect!

Richard Vayda
Monday, June 12, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Sangria makes the perfect party mixer. It's great for a group, delicious and refreshing in any season, and especially welcome for warm weather and outdoor entertaining! Easy to prepare and fun to make, sangria offers boundless opportunities to show off your style. Join ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, for a fun and creative sangria workshop. White, red, rosé, and sparkling—we’ll create them all, by recipe and later by your own invention! The evening will include discussions and tastings of appropriate wines, ingredients, and garnishes, as well as ideas for entertaining. A selection of sangria-appropriate snacks will accompany our concoctions.

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Italian Festival: Vino, Salume, e Formaggio

Richard Vayda
Thursday, June 22, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 F • 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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German Wine Made Easy

David Rosengarten
Friday, July 14, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 1 session

Lest you think that most German wine is sweet, this informative and delightful wine-tasting class proves that Germany is making some excellent dry wines (in fact, about 75% of German wine is dry)! With former Food Network host and chef David Rosengarten, we'll first learn how to read and understand German wine labels. As we continue tasting, we'll consider such issues as grape variety, regions, and vineyards while exploring Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, and plenty more. After this entertaining class, you'll have the keys to unlocking the mysteries of what are arguably the world’s greatest white wines.

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Napa and Sonoma: The California Reserves

Richard Vayda
Tuesday, July 18, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

California is the top U.S. wine producer by far. When most people think of California wines, Sonoma and Napa valleys immediately come to mind. But in reality, only about 10% of the state’s wine come from these two celebrated regions.This evening’s tasting, hosted by ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, pits the two regions' best varietals side by side in a no-holds-barred face-off! Come help judge the best and the tastiest from these two renowned areas. Delicious California cheeses will accompany the wines, of course!

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Mediterranean Wine Cruise

Richard Vayda
Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

The Mediterranean is world-renowned for its delicious, sunny wines—bright whites and refreshing rosés, of course—but the region also offers so much more. Richard Vayda, ICE’s resident sommelier, guides you on a sensory tour through the area's incredible flavors, highlighting its distinctive wines, cheeses, and other foods that make it so prized for cuisine and travel. The class will include tastings and discussion of a wide range of wine types and styles, as we cruise the Mediterranean coast—from Spain to the French Riviera, Italy, Greece, and wines of the islands as well, accompanied by matching samples of regional fare.

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Great Wines for Under $20 and Over $50

Richard Vayda
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Does a high price really imply high quality? Along with our resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, you'll examine this and other fascinating questions about the value and cost of wine. First you’ll taste a selection of terrific wines on the lower end of the price scale, followed by some fabulous wines from the higher end. Then, in a fun blind-tasting format, you will be the ultimate judge of quality!

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Délices de France: French Wines and Cheeses

Richard Vayda
Tuesday, August 15, 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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Cheese & Wine 101

Max McCalman
Friday, September 22, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

The progress of civilization follows the history of cheese and wine—yet with the myriad varieties available today, it can challenging to pair them well. In this class by Maître Fromager and James Beard Award-winning author Max McCalman, you will taste a range of cheeses and wines alongside one another. As you learn the principles of professional food and beverage pairings, you'll be able to apply each lesson during the tasting. Descriptions of the wines and cheeses will be provided, along with a rating sheet that will help you "find" your palate. As you come away with some "rules" for which types of cheeses and wines pair best, you'll be sure to pick up nuances you never noticed before!

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