For the inexperienced beveragist, there are few experiences more embarrassing than sipping wine at a fancy party and exclaiming, "Attention, everyone. Some rapscallion has poisoned the grape juice!" Today's Groupon prevents your public humiliation with a Head First into Wine class at The Wine Cellar for $18 (a $39 value). The class is about 90 minutes and takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Classes start in January and end in March.
For being the shop with the second-largest wine volume in Portland, the family-owned Wine Cellar provides all the approachable coziness of your Aunt Jolene's wine cellar, only with more wine and fewer pun-spewing crypt keepers. It's an ideal atmosphere for the shop's Head First into Wine class, which will teach you an arsenal of wine-drinker's vocabulary so that you can describe your taste experience more articulately than is possible with your current system of grunts and throat-clicks. Your knowledgeable, friendly teacher will also introduce you to the rules of etiquette for wine-tasting, as well as the less-common wine-duel. They'll even transform your oafish sloshing into an artful swirling technique. By the end, you'll have gained a sturdy understanding of one of the world's oldest beverages, along with which wines pair well with which foods.
For added value to today's Groupon, disguise your newfound oenological skills behind your old mask of ignorance and use it to hustle unsuspecting socialites at your next wine-tasting.
- It is very tastefully decorated and has a lot of personal notes attached to the wines giving the novice a better understanding of the wine they have chosen. I'm very, very impressed with her understanding of the different tastes. – Winer-Diner-Gal, Yahoo! Local
- If you are on the west side and you want a friendly, top-quality wine shop, this IS the place. Erin's lively personality is worth the visit -- Carol, CityVoter
Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill
13486 Nw Cornell Rd
Portland, Oregon 97229Get Directions