Find your cullinary voice

Wine Classes

Wine Classes at ICE (New York Campus)

Wine Essentials: Classic World Wine Tour

Richard Vayda
Thursdays, March 8-April 12, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesdays, April 10-May 15, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thursdays, May 17-June 21, 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

Click here to register.

Essential Wines of Tuscany

Richard Vayda
Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Italy produces wine from hundreds of different grape varieties, making its offerings varied, interesting, and sometimes a bit hard to grasp. This tasting concentrates on the wines from Toscana, Italy’s third largest quality wine producing region. Although many of the wines are Sangiovese based, the distinctive terroirs and other cultivated varieties offer a diverse tasting opportunity, ranging from tasty whites to Old World and international-style reds, as well as traditional sweet wines. ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, will also discuss Tuscan wine history and Italian wine labeling. Regional cheeses will accompany the tasting. 

Click here to register.

Essential Wines of the Loire Valley & Alsace

Richard Vayda
Friday, March 16, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

These two northern areas French areas, though not neighbors, offer a delicious chance for comparison. Both appellations are known for their diverse wines and styles. This tasting, led by Richard Vayda, ICE’s resident sommelier, will touch on a bit of them all—sparkling, white, Rosé, red, and sweet. A discussion of French wine regulations and labeling, as well as a taste of some regional cheeses is included.

Click here to register.

Essential Wines of New York State

Richard Vayda
Friday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session
With all the interest in local foods, shouldn’t we strive to drink local too? Hosted by ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, this class explores the exciting riches of New York State wine and wine history. As the third largest wine producing state, New York's multiple growing regions, from the northern Niagara Escarpment to the Long Island appellations, offer lots of quality wines. The tasting will run the gamut, from bright and crisp sparklers to lush reds. New York State cheeses will accompany the tasting.

Click here to register.

Essential Wines of Australia & New Zealand

Richard Vayda
Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session
Much more than just Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, these two relatively recent world wine powerhouses make some of the most delicious wines available, in every category and every style. This tasting with ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, explores the regions' no-holds-barred range of wines—from big, fruity reds to nuanced Pinot Noirs to traditionally produced sparkling wines. A look at each country’s geography, labeling, and complementing cheeses will be included.

Click here to register.

Introduction to Wine

Richard Vayda
Tuesdays, March 20-27, 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.

Click here to register.

Reserves from the ICE Cellar

Richard Vayda
Friday, April 6, 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.

Click here to register.

Wine for Couples

W.R. Tish
Saturday, April 28, 6:30-8:30pm
$180 • 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!

Click here to register.

Robust Reds & Stinky Cheeses

Richard Vayda
Wednesday, February 21, 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.

Click here to register.

Tapas and Spanish Wine Festival

Richard Vayda
Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm

$95 • 1 session
Whether you're 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. We'll take 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 remarkable wine pairings.

Click here to register.

Italian Festival: Vino, Salume, e Formaggio

Richard Vayda
Wednesday, March 28, 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!

Click here to register.

Délices de France: French Wines and Cheeses

Richard Vayda
Wednesday, May 9, 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.

Click here to register.

Rosé for Mother's Day

Richard Vayda
Sunday, May 13, 3-5pm
$90 • 1 session
Mother’s Day often calls for a bouquet of roses, but why not some bottles of Rosé as well? They're perfect partners in both color and appeal! With ICE’s resident sommelier, Richard Vayda, you'll go on an exploration of the world of Rosés—light, rich, fresh, aged, and sparkling—sourced from a surprising array of grapes from all over the globe. These
fascinating wines are perfect for celebrating Mom’s Day, as well as for balmy-weather quaffing in the days to come. All of the wines will be matched with complementing midday bites.

Click here to register.

Get more info

Request a free info packet or schedule a personal tour

Speak to an admissions rep:
New York (888) 354-2433
Los Angeles (888) 718-2433

Find your cullinary voice