$29 for a Two-Hour Wine-Basics Class at American Bartenders School ($69 Value)


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Sommeliers demystify restaurant wine lists, teach how to store wine properly & share tips on pairing wine & cuisine

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Promotional value expires Dec 29, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiples as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 $29, you get a two-hour wine-basics class at American Bartenders School (a $69 value).

For decades, American Bartenders School has educated soon-to-be sommeliers in the arts of grape cultivation, fermentation, and appreciation. During the two-hour class, students master the basics of wine types, selections, and storage, and learn a number of wine-related skills, such as how to navigate a restaurant wine list or determine the origin of a grape through stomping. Oenophile experts elucidate tips on buying and storing wine and explain concepts such as dryness, acidity, varietals, and vintage. After learning about a broad selection of fermented grape juices, novices can demonstrate the skills they have absorbed and impress their friends by discriminatingly pairing wines and cuisine and distinguishing between popular wines based on color, aroma, flavor, and the name written on the bottle. Check the schedule for upcoming class times and dates.

American Bartenders School

For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.

Customer Reviews

67 Ratings

Very informative, the instructor was very knowledgeable
David E. · June 24, 2013
My instructor Dave was so much fun and really encourages us to learn more than what was taught in the class.
Carla J. · January 6, 2013
Coo l class.
James T. · June 27, 2012
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