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 to Taste in Phoenixville. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a wine- and cheese-pairing class for two (a $60 value).
- For $49, you get a wine- and cheese-pairing class for four (a $120 value).<p>
The gourmets at Taste transfer their knowledge to up to 24 pupils per class via eight varietals and 16 food pairings. Each 105-minute class takes students on a whirlwind tour of the wine- and cheese-making process, disabusing listeners of the rumor that dessert wine comes from steamrolled raisins. Cheeses from Di Bruno Bros., ranging from piave to six-year aged gouda, enhance the flavors of the wines.
Participants may sharpen their palates by pairing pinot noir with white chocolate, sampling tarragon-infused extra-virgin olive oil, or constructing tiny ships out of charcuterie to slide into emptied bottles. Classes are currently scheduled on select Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through November; budding oenophiles should call for availability.
At Taste, the retail store for the storied Sand Castle Winery, rows of wooden racks display the winery's vintages alongside Di Bruno Bros. cheeses and gourmet oils and vinegars. Regular tastings and hands-on classes take place amid the store's marble countertops and vineyard-inspired artwork that is only detectable by oenophiles. During wine-pairing classes, students learn to coordinate nosh and nectar as experts present them with various combinations of wine and accenting fare, such as cheeses and fruits.
236 Bridge St.
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460