Drinking wine is a popular activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon indulges these harmless illusions with a two-hour wine class of your choice at Wine Shoe. For $20, you'll pair the distinct flavors of hard-to-find wines from small producers with pizza, sushi, art, nachos, top 40 hits, and more.
Because wines and food pairings vary in price, so do the values of the classes. Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, beginning on January 4. Meet up and get settled from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and enjoy your chosen class to the very last drop at 9 p.m. Get the best value by going for the sushi and wine class, held at local restaurant Wasabi, or learn to paint a wine glass with illustrator David Campbell.
Located in Castleberry Hill, so named by its original hobbit founders, Wine Shoe is a stunning boutique adorned with rich wooden wine racks that rise to the ceiling, where a gleaming chandelier illuminates a wide, rustic tasting table. Pull up a handsome, high-backed chair to learn the history, tasting profiles, and food pairings for some of Wine Shoe's elegant vintages.
Jumpstart your newfound hobby-habit with Wine 101 to learn about the different styles of wine and how to taste them with class. Learn to make a pizza and pair it with wine, or tour the local Zucot Gallery while enjoying a heady pinot noir. Let renowned artist David Campbell lead you in creating original wine glass painting, or nibble nachos from No Mas Cantina with some of Wine Shoe's Spanish wines. If you can't decide which class to take, stock up on multiple Groupons and check the course calendar take an array of Wine Shoe's relaxed and intimate classes.
Wine expert Ted Field will guide you through each tasting, and because your class will be limited to 12 participants, you'll have plenty of opportunities to express your strongly held wine opinions, discuss the wines with your fellow classmates, and ask the experts all sorts of grapey queries such as "What are grapes?" and "Are raisins just grapes who were drained by vampires?" Unlike tequila shots and shotgunned root-beer floats, wine is slowly sipped, making it a more enjoyable libation. Whether you're a novice or connoisseur, Wine Shoe's classes will delight your palate and fortify your body and brain with wine and wine knowledge.
Note: You must schedule your class at least a week in advance. Classes based on availability.
- ...Castleberry Hill’s newest headturner of a shop and pouring room. Stop by for 138 boutique labels and daily samples that the artsy district’s always been missing. – Daily Candy
- Floor-to-ceiling wine racks adorn the "Wine Wall." The front and rear of the shop have expansive windows. Accents abound in the shop, with the most striking being a large vault hung from the ceiling with a bronze and crystal chandelier glittering underneath. A 12-foot rustic wood table sits below the chandelier. Because the Wine Shoe cares about the earth, the space is filled with reclaimed items and environmentally friendly finishes. – Atlanta
- The owners of Wine Shoe are passionate about their wine. They stock a wide variety from all over the world, and they can always help you find the right one for your needs. – notesjones, Citysearch
- I love the atmosphere- and Nora is wonderful. They have a great selection of wines and their weekly tastings are educational and fun! – mlj528, Citysearch
In a culture with so many beverage choices, many available in Gulp and Big Gulp size, why would anyone need to learn about wine? The truth is, many of those other beverage options have terrible, terrible secrets.
Water: This building block of all life is often frozen to serve as the building block of all Antarctic super-prisons.
Juice: Actually fruit blood.
Soda: A nutritionally barren carbonated drink containing lab-synthesized flavoring and is inefficiently sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.
Yoo-Hoo: Anything that delicious is clearly from space.
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When Wine Shoe owners Nora and Shannon Wiley started planning the shop's design, they wanted something that would blend their worldly travels with the historic culture of the surrounding Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The result was promptly recognized by Atlanta magazine, which compared Wine Shoe to a "private wine cellar in France stocked with wines from all over the world."
Today, the facility's floor-to-ceiling wine wall stands as a new challenge to rock climbers and as a stunning backdrop to an assortment of wine-related activities, including classes that drew more than 3,000 total students during 2011. Many of those students gathered around Wine Shoe's 12-foot rustic table, where, sitting beneath a glistening bronze and crystal chandelier, they paired sips with scrumptious hunks of education.
The shop carries more than 150 different wines, the majority of which come from small producers. It also keeps its door open to pooches, as Nora and Shannon's security dog, Beeren, is always looking for new buddies with whom to discuss the nuanced flavors of rawhide bones.
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