Wine Classes

Designed for anyone who desires to learn about wine in an environment that is fun, creative and inviting, our fundamentals classes, wine pairing classes and certification programs are ideal whether you are looking to experience something new, further your lifelong passion for wine or discover a new career path.


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.

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Designed for wine professionals and enthusiasts who wish to study to advance their career or knowledge, we offer programs such as Certified Specialist of Wine, WSET and Italian Wine Professional, as well as, online courses. Our students have the advantage of personalized instruction by credentialed educators, classroom exercises, practice exams and organized tastings.

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Wine & Food Pairings

Taste wine like it was meant to be enjoyed, paired to perfection with regional recipes. Our wine pairing classes featuring wine and cuisine from around the world, provide a unique context for the education and enjoyment of wine appropriate for every level of interest and expertise.

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Classes, Events & Gifts

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!



Wine & Cheese Pairings

You might be surprised to know that cheese was historically used to "improve" a bad wine. And as the quality of wine made centuries ago would be unrecognizable today, cheese was helpful by smoothing out the coarseness one would expect. As time marched on, and local cuisines were consumed with local wines, certain wine and cheese "classic pairings" evolved.



Discover Napa Valley

Discover the best of Napa Valley one bite or sip at a time with admission to Vino Venue's Wine and Culinary Experience.

Throughout this walk-around tasting, wines from Napa Valley, California will be accompanied by samplings of fresh and flavorful cuisine, including live Chef stations!


Introduction to Wine (8 week series)

Learn HOW to taste wine, and HOW to describe what you like. Add an extra dimension to your meals, and improve your confidence in business and social situations with wine. Introduction to Wine is the flagship class of The Atlanta Wine School. This eight-week diploma course will provide a firm foundation for the wine curious, the wine lover or the wine enthusiast. It is also a good refresher for those that have had a basic introduction in the past. 




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.




Taste Like A Pro, Level I

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


Cork & Pork

Chef Jordan Wakefield of Smoke Ring joins Vino Venue Executive Chef Patric Good for this walk-around tasting in the Discover festival series. Chef Wakefield will be serving a variety of styles of barbecue and fixings, with classics like smoked whole hog, baby back ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, tons of pulled pork and an array of sauces and side items.

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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!



Sommelier Smackdown: Man (Or Woman) vs. Wine!

Professional Sommeliers come together in a challenge for sharpest palate! When it comes to tasting blind, who will be the best? But that's not all. Not only do you get to watch, learn, and absorb how the Pro's do it--you will be tasting the SAME WINES blind right along with them!


Discover Italy!

Discover Italy is a culinary tribute to the world's #1 wine region. Vino Venue will be transformed into a haven for wine tasting from most of the 20 sub-regions of Italy--accompanied by samplings of Italian foods—live hand-made pasta creations, hand-made pizza, cheeses, salumi, breads, even olive oils


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! 

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Private Wine Tutoring

Learn wine from an expert on your own schedule, and at your own personal level and pace. Each session is customized to YOU.



Volunteer Assistant Orientation

Each year we host hundreds of classes and private events, from wine appreciation and wine certification programs, to international food and wine pairing classes and hands-on cooking classes. The dedicated group of loyal volunteers that supports our VV staff helps us keep things running efficiently and smoothly. The success of this vibrant program has also been critical to the growth of Atlanta Wine School allowing us to continue to provide our customers with the level of variety and excellence that they’ve come to expect from us.


National Zinfandel Day Wine & Food Festival!

Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of National Zinfandel Day with an exclusive walk-around tasting festival! The focus of this commemorative evening is the celebration of America’s Heritage grape, Zinfandel. Join us in tasting a selection of single-vineyard wines and cuisine expertly crafted to match.



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!



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.



World Of Red Wine

The World of Red Wine takes guests on a global romp through vineyards from the Old World, the New World, and both hemispheres. Each carefully selected wine will average $25/bottle retail, allowing for quality to be shown in all examples. On this evening, we'll delve into the darker, more brooding, more masculine world of flavors that makes a wine RED.



Viva Bordeaux! The Wine & Tastes of Bordeaux

The Bordeaux wine region is world renowned with its 60 appellations, and more than 10,000 châteaux producing 700 million bottles of wine each year.  The wines of Bordeaux, whether white, rosé or red, sweet or sparkling, are well-made, balanced, fruity wines that pair perfectly with food – and are easy on your pocket.  And wonderful with foods.


Discover France!

Discover France one bite or sip at a time with a general admission ticket to Vino Venue's French Wine and Culinary Experience. Indulge yourself with unlimited tastings of French food and wine. Enjoy wines from Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Alsace, Languedoc and cuisine like cheeses, pate', and authentic dishes like cassoulet, mushroom/gruyere tarts, onion tarts, escargot, and more.


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. 


Taste Like A Pro, Level II

In Level I, we learned about the “what” in sensory analysis of wine. Now come with us as we explore the “why”. Go “behind the scenes” on oak aging with real examples of “oak of the world” and modern-day “oak artifacts”.  Take the exciting concept of “terroir” to the next level as we explore climate, soil, and geography.  Experience the range of “wine faults” hands-on and learn to identify those most common.  Taste the effect of aging and understand what is actually going on in the process.  Put yourself in the shoes of the winemaker and the many decisions that are made as we go from grape juice to wine.  Calibrate your taste buds as we examine how food affects wine, and vice versa.


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!


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? 



Viva South Africa: Wines & Tastes of South Africa

With the first grape harvest outside Cape Town in 1659, South Africa became the first "New World" producer of wine.  From that time, South African wine had more than its share of challenges, positioning it as a second-rate producer, and really more famous for brandy production than fine wine.  However, once Apartheid ended in the mid-90's, everything changed, and for almost 20 years, South Africa has become the world-class producer it was destined to be. 


Vieux Télégraphe Paired Experience with Daniel Brunier

Join Daniel Brunier of Domaine du Vieux-Télégraphe for a one-of-a-kind paired experience featuring eight (8) premium French wines. Experience for yourself some of the finest wines of the Southern Rhone in a meticulously paired wine and food experience.


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.


Tasting with Jorge Liloy of MundoVino

This class will be held at Vino Venue, home of Atlanta Wine School, located at:

4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

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Viva Vinho Verde! Wines & Tastes of Portugal

With summer right around the corner you’ll undoubtedly find yourself walking into a wine shop and grabbing a bottle of Vinho Verde anticipating the satisfaction of the light, bubbly, crisp white wine known for its incredible value and versatile food pairings. Join us for an in-depth tasting of this diverse wine producer. We'll taste 7-9 wines and have a taste of authentic regional dishes.


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Ventisquero Family: Extreme Chilean Viticulture & Paired Experience

Join Horacio Fuentes, Atlanta resident & American importer for Ventisquero Family wines, for a one-of-a-kind paired tasting experience featuring eight (8) superior Chilean wines paired to perfection with Chef Patric's authentic regional tastes. 


New Zealand Wines Paired Experience

Join Helen Morrison, Marlborough winemaker, for a one-of-a-kind paired tasting experience featuring five (5) extraordinary New Zealand wines paired to perfection with regional recipes inspired by Villa Maria’s Vineyard Cafe and created by our own Chef Patric.