True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with today’s Groupon to Washington Wine Academy in Arlington. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-hour wine class for one (a $63 value).
- For $49, you get a one-hour wine class for two (a $136 value).</p></p>
Voted one of the five best places to study wine by Food & Wine magazine, Washington Wine Academy earns acclaim by refining the tastes of oenophiles of all experience levels during one-hour classes, some of which are held with assistance from Cabot Cheese. A battalion of experienced teachers leads the classes, which introduce libation sippers to the scientific world of bacchanalian revelry. Graduate from juice boxes to fermented-juice boxes by taking an Introduction to Wine class, or explore the tipple that made Napoleon so famously mellow by enrolling in one of the Wines of France classes, each of which focuses on the signature wine of a single region. Students can opt for non-wine classes, including Introduction to Whiskey, or the Introduction to Beer course, for those more interested in the habits of wheat and hops.
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.