Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Wine Education “Classes” in Dallas

wineschoolDo you drink a lot of wine and not know the difference between a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir? You are not alone. Many wine drinkers get stuck in a rut and still order by varietal instead of examining the different styles offered. “I’ll have a Chardonnay” is a default one can approve upon. Here this wail of this wino:

Since I drink so flippin’ much of it, I thought I might take a wine class. Do you know of any to recommend?

There are wine dinners, wine chats, and sommelier classes all over town. Where do you think she should start. If there isn’t such a thing, I would love to find a wine trainer or a personal wine coach. Now, there’s a job waiting to happen.

12 comments on “Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Wine Education “Classes” in Dallas

  1. I would love to be your personal wine coach Nancy, as there is a lot going on in that glass of Chardonnay! Dallas Uncorked does quarterly educational wine dinners and tasting events, as well as the occasional Wine 101, which I also do on a personal side for anything from corporate events to holiday parties. There are some basic tips and pairing ideas on our website as well. If you want to experience a total 2-day wine immersion TEXSOM does an incredible job every year.

  2. Central Market offers wine classes/tasting each Monday night and they are a steal at $10 per person, plus a discount on all the wines they sampled. The wines change regularly and seem to be either seasonally focused (I recently went to one about best wines to serve with Christmas dinner) or regionally focused (I have also attended a Bordeaux class)

  3. Wine Chats at The Mansion is my favorite! There are also great wine and cheese classes at Scardello as well as The Grape :)

  4. I second the Central Market classes on Mondays comment! They are the best – short of traveling to a winery to talk to a wine maker! Plus they are reasonably priced – $10 – $25 and you get lots of samples. :)

  5. You HAVE to go to one of the wine tasting’s at Jimmy’s. Not only is it interesting to hear from the winemakers, but the food they serve rivals some 5 star restaurants. The cost is usually $60-$75 but includes a 4-5 course meal with wine pairings (so, not just sample sizes), a raffle for free wine at the end, and a discount for any wine sampled.

  6. If you’re interested in taking a more in-depth class, I recommend the viticulture class at El Centro Community College downtown. It’s a bit of a process, since you have to actually enroll in the school, but once enrolled, it’s a bargain.
    I took the class five years ago, so I’m sure the costs have increased, but it was around $100 for the semester. You met weekly (I think we met on Monday nights from 6-9) and covered a different region every week followed by tastings from that region. I really enjoyed it.

  7. If you aren’t quite ready to fork over money just to have someone review the basics, you should go to a Goody-Goody Liquor location. Their staff will take you around the store and tell you enough to impress your friends. That’s really all that matters, right? One of the locations that I went to even had a sommelier on-site.

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  9. Hi Nancy, if interested in learning a little bit more about wine, The Wine & Spirit Education Trust offers qualifications to suit all levels of interest (whether your a wine industry professional, a keen enthusiast or an occasional imbiber!) In Dallas WSET courses are available from the Dallas Wine Education Center – http://www.dallaswinecenter.com/WSET_Level_2_certificate.html

    Kate Powell
    Online Communications Manager, WSET®
    Wine & Spirit Education Trust