- $59 for an Italian wine class for two ($140 value)<p>
Although Italy has historically grown more grape varietals across more of its surface area than France or Spain, the concept of fine wine has only been adopted relatively recently. This is the subject of The Wine Steward’s Secrets of Italian Wines class, which covers the Boot’s long winemaking history with special attention to choosing the best vintages from various regions and pairing wines with food.<p>
During the class, students sample six Italian wines complemented by an antipasto plate. Secrets of Italian Wine classes take place on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. from January 10 through April 25, 2014.<p>
Owner Svetlana Yanushkevich has spent the majority of her life surrounded by wine. She grew up on the southern peninsula of Ukraine, in a territory renowned for its 2,000-year-old winemaking tradition. After moving to the US in 2002, she built upon that foundation by managing wine programs at prestigious restaurants and earning a diploma from the renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
In 2010, Svetlana added "wine-shop owner" to an already impressive résumé when she opened the doors to WineNot Boutique, winner of The Hippo magazines Best Wine Shop in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Today, WineNot Boutique's visitors gather to enjoy tastes from around the globe and, perhaps most importantly, benefit from Svetlana's wealth of knowledge. This year, Svetlana has partnered with local merchants to host a 7-night guided tour of one of the world's most renowned winemaking regions, as well. Collectible wines, artisan cheeses, and gourmet foods parade across the shop's shelves, and wine education events, such as weekly complimentary tastings, let novices ingest loads of wine-related facts without having to eat the pages of their Wine for Dummies book.