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 Warrington. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a wine-pairing fundamentals class for two (a $60 value).
- For $45, you get a wine-pairing fundamentals class for four (a $120 value).<p>
Classes will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.<p>
The gourmets at Taste unlock secrets to a sensitive palate via direct experience with wines from Sand Castle Winery, paired with Di Bruno Bros artisanal cheeses. Each 90-minute wine fundamentals class covers all aspects of selection and appreciation, beginning with deciphering each label’s Magic Eye puzzle and concluding with proper bottle storage. Filling glasses with varietals such as cabernet, chardonnay, Johannisberg riesling, or pinot noir, instructors demonstrate methods for picking out oak or blackberry in the bouquet as they carve morsels of cheese that draw out subtler notes to showcase the wine’s full profile. As taste buds start firing and relationships between flavors emerge, students may inscribe their impressions on their printed list of the pairings, saving enthusiastic kiss marks for the souvenir glass they take home.
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.