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Wine Classes at ICE

Wine Essentials: Classic World Wine Tour

Richard Vayda
Mondays, November 13-December 18, 6:30-8:30pm
or Fridays, January 5-February 9, 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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Introduction to Wine

Richard Vayda
Tuesdays, January 16-23, 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.

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Reserves from the ICE Cellar

Richard Vayda
Friday, December 8, 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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Reserves from the ICE Cellar

Richard Vayda
Friday, December 8, 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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Robust Reds & Stinky Cheeses

Richard Vayda
Thursday, November 30, 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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Festive Holiday Wine, Wine Cocktails, and Punch

Richard Vayda
Friday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session
The holidays beg for special beverages, and great wine is certainly a satisfying start. But why not add a little more zing to your sipping, with a wine cocktail or punch? Wine has been an essential cocktail ingredient since ancient times, with the idea of complementing or improving on the grape base. In this hands-on class navigated by ICE Director of Wine Studies Richard Vayda, we will first examine and taste some great holiday wines, then turn them into perfect get-together cocktails and punches. Tasty party snacks will accompany our wine creations.

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Holiday Wine Social

W.R. Tish
Friday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

If your New Year resolutions included learning more about wine and meeting 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 wine writer and humorist W. R. Tish. Detailed programs mean 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. Hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

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Porto and Cheese: More than Just Vintage and Stilton

Richard Vayda
Thursday, January 18, 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, as well as exploring other wine gems of the region. You'll learn all about the area that produces this wonderful wine, how the various styles are crafted, and this treasure's proper presentation and service. Naturally, representative ports will be tasted, along with their traditional cheese partners.

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Great Wines for Under $20 and Over $50

Richard Vayda
Thursday, January 25, 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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Champagne Gala

Richard Vayda
December 16, 6:30-8:30pm
$125 • 1 session
ICE's resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, pulls out all the stops for this very special holiday class. Too many people are intimidated by champagne, tending to tiptoe around it instead of enjoying and serving it with food. No longer! In this class, you will dine on beautiful hors d'oeuvres along with a select group of sparkling 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 will feature 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 winter evening to remember!

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