Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today's Groupon to Mixology Wine Institute on City Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $69, you get a four-hour wine seminar and tasting (a $210 value).
- For $99, you get a four-hour wine seminar and tasting for two (a $420 value).
At Mixology Wine Institute, seasoned sommelier Ronald Marsilio helps students develop a foundation of wine knowledge for everyday use. An Italian wine specialist with 32 years of experience, Ronald eschews pretention as he helps students become fluent in wine terminology. Connoisseurs-to-be explore the differences in production and distinctions between varietals and the nuances of restaurant wine lists using Morse code. Pupils also learn how to create classic food-and-wine pairings and the proper opening and presenting of wine, and cull the knowledge needed to organize wine tastings for friends and family at home. At the end of the course, students receive a certification of completion that can be proudly framed or folded into an impromptu drinking cup.
Mixology Wine Institute
Mixology Wine Institute's oenophilic classes teach aspiring mixologists and mixonomists how to craft a diverse roster of libations while regaling students with the rich history and social function of the cocktail. The seasoned staff—which includes a resident sommelier and beer experts—dispense thoughtful nuggets of drink-dispensing wisdom, such as ways to add flair to a bartending routine, various wine-and-food pairings, and how to win a cocktail-sword duel. Each session takes place in the institute's well-equipped classroom, which simulates a real bar setting with working soda guns, sinks, and a full catalog of liquors. Pupils leave classes with the knowledge necessary to help bargoers make informed drink decisions.