What You'll Get
Wine classes allow fans to re-create an episode in the life of everyone's favorite crime-fighting sommelier, Mr. Belvedere, without having to produce a hit ’80s sitcom. Raise a sophisticated glass with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a wine class at Washington Wine Academy (a $68 value). Choose a class focusing on one particular region: New Zealand, Australia, Virginia, South Africa, Chile, Germany, Italy, or Spain. All classes are held in the Wine Academy Education Center, located on the ground floor of the Bennington Luxury Apartments in Crystal City.
Tasting schools are the field briefings of discerning drinkers and toddler-like flavor buds alike, supplying critical information and first-tongue experience. Each class starts off with an instructor-led educational session on the history, major wine-producing areas, and popular grapes of your selected region, followed by a guided tasting and discussion of two white and two red wines. Pairings of Cabot Creamery cheeses are provided, and students get to keep their complimentary Washington Wine Academy wine glass. Though classes don't transmogrify students into master sommeliers, you'll leave your session with a mouth compass better calibrated to navigate nerve-racking dinner dates and nerve-calming breakfasts.
Washington Wine Academy was chosen as one of the Five Best Places to Study Wine by Food & Wine magazine, and although there aren't many reviews for the school, eight Yelpers give it a four-star average:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Must register online by 2/14/11 or Groupon is forfeited. 72-hour cancellation notice. Must be 21 or older w/ valid ID. Classes are subject to change. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Washington Wine Academy
Named one of the 5 Best Places to Study Wine in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Washington Wine Academy has something for novices and experts alike. The school’s offerings include professional-certification classes, tours of local wineries, singles mixers, and wine-and-a-movie nights, all overseen by top wine writers and sommeliers. This blend of education and entertainment has proven successful: on average, the Academy educates more than 100's of enthusiasts per month and hosts more than 150 wine and beer classes each year.
Students and visitors gather in the academy’s brick and mortar wine school–the first of its kind in the DC area. A large hall provides the perfect setting for presentations or Model UN practice, and the nearby Crystal City stocks an extensive collection of beer and wines from around the world.