Choose Between Two Options
- $39 for one wine tasting cultural class with cheese pairings (an $80 value)
- $175 for five wine tasting cultural classes with cheese pairings (a $400 value)
At the onset of each 90-minute class, Jaye immediately doles out sips of vino, giving participants about 20 minutes to mingle and get comfortable with the instructor and the other students. The entire session explores various facets of the wine sipping experience, from proper food pairings to judging a wine's flavor profile by the design of its label and bottle. As part of a 10-class curriculum, each informative meeting includes snacks and cheeses that help underscore the nuances of their paired wines. Group classes are offered Sundays at 5 p.m.
Jaye, the Dallas-born connoisseur behind Proud Wineaux, can tell whether a wine originated on the right bank or left bank of the city of Bordeaux simply by tasting it. This isn't just a party trick or a way to navigate France while blindfolded; it's evidence of more than a decade spent up front and behind the scenes at renowned restaurants such as Jean Georges, Dean Fearing's The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and various New York City hot spots, where she shares her gifts as a wine and beverage consultant.
During one-on-one or group classes, she helps students explore the world of wine in a friendly environment free of pretension. "The moment you begin to release the fear of not knowing, the learning begins," she says on her website. She teaches her students to pair wines with cheeses according to their region or the texture of the cheese.