True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with this Groupon.
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- $25 for Wine 101 with Svetlana for one person ($50 value)
- $50 for Wine 101 with Svetlana for two people ($100 value)
Professional wine educator Svetlana Yanushkevich draws on her prodigious knowledge of and experience with wine to teach students important tips such as choosing the right wine for an occasion or group, vocabulary for talking about wine with a sommelier, the pros and cons of decanting wine, and impressing guests with an inexpensive bottle from the grocery store. Yanushkevich will also address questions such as why sommeliers taste all wine at room temperature or why champagne is often offered as a first course. During class, six wines will be tasted blind, accompanied by a variety of artisan cheeses, salami, freshly baked bread, and chocolate. Students can purchase the wines they taste at a 10% discount. The seminar runs 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. on Friday from June 6 to September 5.
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.