Fundamentals

Designed for anyone who desires to learn about wine in an environment that is fun, creative and inviting. Our recreational courses are ideal whether you are looking to further your lifelong passion for wine or discover a new career path.

Classes, Events & Gifts

Behind the Label: Show me the Money!

Have you ever wondered what goes into pricing wine? What do you really get when you spend a lot more on a special bottle of wine and what’s the real difference between a $10 bottle and a $40 bottle of wine? Join us for Show me the money and find out!

$50.00

Bubbles & All That Sparkles

Who doesn’t love a class that’s all about bubbles? Sparkling wines are undoubtedly fun, sophisticated and capable of turning any moment into a grand celebration. This educational class will feature our favorite bubbles from around the world including Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and so much more!

$59.00

Dinner & A Wine Class

A perfect value-oriented get-away during our non-peak evenings. Grab that special someone for a wine meal in our dining room and then join us in our private AWS Chef's Kitchen for a high-energy Wine 101 class. Date night here we come!

 

$99.00

For Beginners Only

Come to terms with the world of wine in a special tasting that helps you understand wine and how it’s made, while learning about key varietals and regions so you can express yourself and truly enjoy what’s in your glass. In this unique class, you’ll enjoy tasting a variety of wines while an expert (wine coach) explains common expressions and key characteristics used to explain each wine. You will also learn the lexicon of wine, food & wine pairing basics, buying/storing/serving tips, and all the while expand your palate and discover new favorites. Learning about wine has never been easier or more fun!

 

$50.00

Introduction to Wine

Fundamentals of Wine is a unique 8-week experience that provides an essential foundation for understanding and enjoying wine, as well as, an introduction to the major wine producing regions of the world. Each class provides a minimum of 6 topic-specific wine tastings and associated regional tastes which will help build the foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation. 

 

 


Introduction to Wine (8 week series)

Fundamentals of Wine is a unique 8-week experience that provides an essential foundation for understanding and enjoying wine, as well as, an introduction to the major wine producing regions of the world. Each class provides a minimum of 6 topic-specific wine tastings and associated regional tastes which will help build the foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation. 

 

 

$399.00

Judgment of Paris

Before 1976, no one considered California to be a producer of quality wine. The Judgment of Paris changed this forever. This wine competition, organized by Stephen Spurrier (a British wine merchant), included two blind tastings carried out by French judges. One tasting involved top quality Chardonnay and the other Bordeaux versus California Cabernet Sauvignon. California topped France in both categories putting it on the map as a top producer of quality wine. Join us for this interactive class in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the vinous shot heard around the world, where we will taste through current vintages of six to eight wines that were seen at the competition. 

$50.00

Liquid Gold: Sweet & Fortified Wines

Sweets for the sweet! In this educational class, you’ll explore the decadent world of sweet and fortified wines, otherwise known as dessert wines, and the foods to pair with them.

$59.00

Shades of Chardonnay

Chardonnay is arguably the most famous white grape variety in the world, and also the most widely planted, but its profile in any given wine differs entirely depending on terroir and the winemaker’s whim. Few varieties posses the versatility, austerity, power, richness and complexity of Chardonnay. Which style will you prefer?

$50.00

Taste Like A Pro

Using your powers of observation, your sense of smell, and solid wine information (and process of elimination), one can deduce the identity of a wine. Notice during this process you haven't even tasted the wine! Yes, it can be done. Which means it can be taught!

$50.00

Terroir Showdown: Battle of the Pinot Noirs

The process of turning pinot noir grapes into wine can be challenging and no two regions around the world do it quite the same. The result is often called "sex in a glass," so get ready for an evening of sensory excitement in a comparative tasting like no other!

 

$69.00

Terroir Showdown: Burgundy vs Bordeaux
The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Burgundy and Bordeaux set the standard for quality wines around the world. Join us for an in-depth, comparative tasting and study of terroir of two of the most notable wine regions globally. of , from Burgundy to Bordeaux. You will taste eight (8) typical, quality wines, each showing specific terroir characteristics based on their superior growing area along with Chef's choice of appetizers.
$59.00

Terroir Showdown: Germany & Austria!

Explore the Mosel and Rhine areas of Germany and the beautiful wine regions of eastern Austria. Discover that, in fact, most Rieslings are not sweet!  Learn the beautifully logical system of classifying German and Austrian wines and amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge! Try, for perhaps the first time, delicious Austrian wines, perfect for Atlanta’s warm sultry summers. Enjoy authentic German foods prepared by our executive Chef, while fun German tunes play in the background.

$59.00

Terroir Showdown: Napa vs Bordeaux

The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Napa Valley and Bordeaux set the standard for quality wines around the world. Taste Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc-based wines from two of the most renowned wine regions in a comparative tasting like no other. 

$59.00

Terroir Showdown: Napa vs Sonoma

The showdown you've been waiting for is here. Year after year, Napa Valley and Sonoma set the standard for quality wines from the United States. Collectively known as California wine country, side by side and separated by a mountain range, these renowned wine regions are far from interchageable. Do you prefer the glitz and glamor of iconic Napa Valley or the laid back, off the beaten path charm of Sonoma? 

$59.00

Terroir Showdown: New World vs Old World

The showdown you've been waiting for is here! "Old World" and "New World” - two terms that spark debate among wine lovers around the world, yet so often misunderstood and thrown about broadly without fully understanding the difference between the two styles. During this educational tasting and comparative tasting like no other, you will learn what distinguishes these two areas, how their wine styles and traditions differ, and what makes each distinct from the other. 

$59.00

Viva Greece! The Wine & Tastes of Greece

Greece has been home to winemaking for more than 6,000 years and grapes are grown on just about every inch of its beautiful landscape. But just how much do you know about Greek wines like Assyrtiko and Retsina? 

 

$59.00

Viva Italia! The Wine & Tastes of Italy

Ahh the Tuscan Life! 40% hills, 40% mountains. Surrounded by 4 seas, and separated from the European continent via the Alps. One can stand on the southern-most tip of the country and see North Africa. This is Italy (Enotria--the land of wine). We will provide a tasting of regional Italian dishes, including salumi, antipasto, pasta and fantastic wines.

 

 

$59.00

Viva Spain! Wines & Tapas of Spain

Wine, cuisine trends, even actors, celebrities, olympians and race-car drivers--we are living in the NEW Age of Spain. Join us for an in-depth tasting of this diverse wine producer.  We'll taste 7-9 wines and have a taste of authentic tapas.

 

$59.00
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Vive La France! The Wine & Tastes of France

Enjoy a tour of France through its famous wine regions- Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, and more. And what's better than French wine? French wine paired with a taste of traditional cuisine, of course! 

$59.00
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What's My Wine Style?

This fun-filled, educational class is designed to take the mystery out of the age-old question: will I actually like that bottle of wine? Our expert sommelier instructors have developed a series of fun and engaging wine tastings to help you uncover your wine style, in other words, what types and styles of wines you will naturally enjoy the most.

 

$59.00