An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get a two-hour wine class at AllStar Bartenders Training, redeemable at its Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens locations (an $85 value).
AllStar Bartenders Training's wine seminar transforms students into worldly bon vivants equipped to sell discerning drinkers on reds, whites, and champagnes or make palate-pleasing choices of their own. Customers can join 19 other novices as a trained professional discusses wine varietals and pronunciation, followed by tips on how to judge color, flavor, and aroma without coming across as presumptuous or displaying a permanently splayed pinky. At the school's mock bar, students can envision themselves flipping bottles at a hot nightclub or plying witnesses with drinks at a mock trial, and provides a suitable place for learning such technicalities as how to open a bottle, what glasses to use, and where the wine will be stored at a typical bar. Along the way, wine labels load vocabularies with new and intoxicating verbiage, such as “dryness,” “acidity,” “tannins,” and “winetastic,” each ready to be dropped on guests at an upcoming PTA happy hour.
Fully approved certification by the New York State Liquor Authority ATAP, 1-800-BARTEND educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation an d the improtance of Abc Laws. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning standardized cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. 1-800-BARTEND's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending.