Unlike Similac Baby Formula, which is unfairly reserved for babies and experimenting teens, wine can also be consumed by adults. Separate the towerers from the toddlers with today's Groupon: for $15, you get to participate in any one class offered at The Vino Gallery, a new center for oenophilia in the Central West End (a $30 value).
The Vino Gallery's Wine 101—An Introduction to Vino class ($30) arms aspiring aficionados of the vinefruit with the knowledge and vocabulary they need to walk into a wine store and describe exactly what type of grape blood they're looking for. During the one-hour class, all the basics of wine consumption will be covered, including varieties, wine-growing regions, helpful hints for discovering one's own favorite wine, common food pairings, and which way to hold a glass to reverse gravity. Co-owner Rachael Buehrer teaches most of the classes, though instruction isn't just verbal—students will get mouths-on experience with a wine tasting and light appetizers. Currently Wine 101 is the only class available, though several classes are to be added in the future, including a regional spirits class, a specialty wines class, and an absynthe class. This Groupon is good for any class offered up to $30. Students can take classes valued more than $30, but must pay the remaining balance not covered in this deal. A full list of scheduled classes can be found on the events calendar.
Before or after a class at The Vino Gallery, students can become customers or patrons, as the shop contains both artisan wine vendors and an art gallery for browsing between sips. Peruse the selection of hand-crafted wines from around the world armed with new knowledge of what lurks beneath the coyly worded labels and treacherous, black-hearted corks.
Must be at least 21. Call ahead to schedule. Classes are subject to availability.
The Vino Gallery
The Vino Gallery—located in a renovated police substation in the Central West End—houses an impressive selection of small-production and artisan wines, beers, and other libations amid an ever-evolving collection of local art. The staff guides visitors to the tasting bar or the outdoor patio, allowing guests to sample selections and avoid pouring wines they don’t like into a roommate’s humidifier. Rachael Buehrer, wine enthusiast and educator, and coowner Alex Head, promote informed wine consumption with complimentary tastings after 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and all day on Saturday. One-hour wine classes lend imbibers further wine expertise, and the wine-of-the-month club helps customers branch out from go-to varietals.