Normal School of Wine

Classes

We have one mission: to take the mystery out of wine without stripping it of its magic. Our courses are designed to make you a better wine enthusiast through in-depth discussions, a no-nonsense every day approach to wine, and of course, tasting some pretty awesome bottles. We keep it fun, informative, and relevant. Courses are taught by Alejandro Ortiz a veteran of the industry, certified sommelier, and J’s resident wine geek – #realwine.

 

Class Descriptions 

Wine 101 – Fundamentals of Wine & Wine Tasting Appreciation – Explore the wine-world’s major grape types, their characteristics, and compare and contrast styles across different geographical locations. Discover the fundamentals of winemaking, wine styles, and how to evaluate wine (aka the difference between “wine drinking” and “wine-tasting”). This four-class course includes all coursework, the Wine Folly book, and up-to six wines per class.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm-7:45pm.  Register HERE for W-101!

CLASS DATES: (2019)  1/09; 1/23; 2/3; 2/20    

 

Wine 201A – Introduction to Wines of Europe – Discover the benchmark wines of Europe: from Sancerre to Chianti, Rioja to Burgundy. This course serves as an introduction to the major wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany as well as the concept of “terroir” or “somewhereness” that make “Old World” wines so iconic. This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. 101 suggested but not required.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. 

Register HERE for 2018 W-201A!

Register HERE for 2019 W-201A!

CLASS DATES: (2018)  11/01; 11/15; 11/29; 12/13;  (2019) 1/10; 1/17; 1/31; 2/21 

 

Wine 202B – Introduction to Wines of the New World – An exploration of the wines from the New World (The US, South America, Australia, and New Zealand): from Mendoza to Marlborough, Hunter Valley to Napa. This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. 101 suggested but not required.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Register HERE for W-202B!

CLASS DATES: (2019) 1/24; 2/07; 2/28; 3/14

 

Women Who Wine – Wine 101: Basic Concepts of Wine and Fundamentals of Tasting – Explore the wine-world’s major grape types, their characteristics, and compare and contrast styles across different geographical locations. Discover the fundamentals of winemaking, wine styles, and how to evaluate wine (aka the difference between “wine drinking” and “wine-tasting”). This four-class course includes all lesson information, the Wine Folly book, and up-to six wines per class.  Attendees receive 10% off of their class-related, same day wine purchases. 6:30-7:45  Register HERE for Women Who Wine – Wine 101!

CLASS DATES: (2019) 1/16; 1/30; 2/13; 2/27 

 

Seminar -The Two-Hour Wine Geek – While mere mortals and civilians may be happily downing Cabernet and Pinot Grigio, the cognoscenti and professional wine nerds have an entirely differently set of go-to wines. In this seminar we take a deep-dive into the wine darlings of hard-core winos and discuss what makes them unique, what to look for, and discover some new favorites. After this, you won’t look at a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc the same ever again. All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Registration Prior to Seminar Required.

Register HERE for Dec 6th Wine Geek Seminar!

 

Seminar – France – An Exploratory Introspection 

France’s iconic wine regions have set the standard for wines the world over, but innovation has not been something anyone’s ever accused French winemakers of. This is changing. Discover France’s new movers-and-shakers and compare-and-contrast France’s new wines to the classic benchmarks. We’ll discuss what changes are afoot and what to look for next. All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Registration Prior to Seminar Required.

Registration for this class coming soon!!

 

Seminar – A Champagne Primer

All Champagne is sparkling wine, not all Sparkling wine is Champagne. So what makes the tiny region just northeast of Paris, whose chalky soils create ethereal wines of infinite pleasure, so unique? Discover the different styles of Champagne (capital “C”!), as well as the iconic producers! Learn the hows of how to buy, store, and serve great Champagne. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Registration Prior to Seminar Required.

Register HERE for Dec 20th Champagne Seminar!

Seminar – Burgundy: An Exploration

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) arguably produces some of the most celebrated wines in the world. This ancient-Roman wine-growing region survived the turbulent Middle Ages, thanks to the Cîstercian monks who kept winemaking alive. They defined the style and lore of Burgundy until the French Revolution. Since then, the reputation of Burgundy has reached mythological proportions while its patchwork of vineyards, varied classifications, and thousand-dollar bottles sends chills through even the most seasoned wine pro. Fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be.

In this course we delve into the basics of Burgundy exploring its varied styles, terroirs, and famous vineyards as well as compare and contrast a dozen wines from the region. Some of these bottles are rare—all of them will leave you breathless.

Coursework includes literature, color maps, and wines. All attendees receive 15% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Register Here for Jan 17th Seminar!

 

 

 

 

 

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