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 public humiliation with a class at The Wine Cellar for $18 (a $39 value). Choose from two classes: "The Seven Things Everyone Should Know About Wine" and "Getting to Know Pinot." See the schedule for specific dates and times.
For being the shop with one of the largest wine volumes 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 "Getting to Know Pinot," instruction on different ways to make pinot noir taste delightful, since pinot grapes are more versatile than a one-man juggling band. Or "Seven Things" will teach you an arsenal of wine-drinker's vocabulary so that you can describe your taste experience more articulately than is possible with a system of grunts and throat-clicks.
Your knowledgeable, friendly teacher will also introduce you to the basics of glassware and proper storage (hint: the sidewalk is for walking, not wining). 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, second in antiquity only to Ecto-Cooler.
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.
Yahoo! Local users give The Wine Cellar 4.5 stars:
- 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
- It's a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere with very knowledgeable staff. I found the Wine Cellar through the classes they teach about wine and wine pairings. Those are great fun and I highly recommend them. – Dave B.