Learn to Blind Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier

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In a Nutshell

Using six of his favorite wines, Fernando Beteta shows you how to identify a varietal's age, grape, and country of origin by taste alone

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What You'll Do

There's an entire story begging to be told within a single sip of wine. With a trained palate, you can discern a wine's region of origin, the grapes from which it was made, and the different processes used to create the final bottle—all without a single glance at that bottle's label. Master Sommelier Fernando Beteta teaches you these skills as you taste six of his favorite wines, revealing their unique features and explaining how to distinguish between new and old world grape varietals, as well as oaked and unoaked wines.

  • Wine Tasting
    Sample six of Master Sommelier Fernando Beteta's favorite wines

  • Learn to Read a Wine's Story
    Beteta teaches you how to analyze a wine's legs, body, nose, and other markers to understand the varietal's features, such as its region of origin and age

Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Fernando BetetaFernando Beteta
Master Sommelier

In an interview given to Wine Spectator in 2009, Fernando Beteta revealed that his family has always loved wine, and his great-grandfather was a winemaker who ran a wine shop more 100 years ago. Today, Beteta is one of only 129 Master Sommeliers in the United States, and he is among the country's most acclaimed, appearing on television, in magazines, or at the judge's table at international sommelier competitions. Beteta took first runner-up in The Best Sommelier in America Competition in 2009, was named one of America’s Best New Sommeliers in 2007 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and was listed on the Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under 40."


  • Wednesday (7 p.m.–9 p.m.)
    November 20
    December 11

  • Saturday (3 p.m.–5 p.m.)
    November 9 | November 16
    December 7

Where You'll Meet

Tenzing takes its name from the Nepali word for balance, and its staff draws inspiration from Sherpa guides. The team here doesn't lead customers up a mountain cliff, however. Instead, they teach visitors how to find balance between food and drink. Master Sommelier Fernando Beteta hosts classes on how to taste and pair different wines and spirits. These lessons—as well as private dinners and events— take place within The Lab, a dining area accented with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls.

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    165 North Morgan Street

    Chicago, IL 60607

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