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World of Wine: A Tasting Series

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

As America continues our streak as the world’s #1 wine consumer, Chicagoland’s dynamic wine market offers more wines and more ways of buying wine than ever before. But choice comes with questions: How do I keep up with unique grapes, emerging regions and ground-breaking techniques? Why does one wine taste (and cost!) different than another? What’s a delicious wine for entertaining, to pair with dinner, for a quiet evening at home? We’ll answer...

Thursday Jan 4th, 6–8pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Wine Tasting: Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Learn the Fine Art of Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation. Join us for an exciting evening of fine wine & good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting! For budding wine enthusiasts, this workshop is designed to help you cultivate your palate & expand your "wine vocabulary." Learn to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro. Taste several of the "classical" grapes varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles. Gain...

Friday Oct 20th, 6–8pm Central Time

Raise a Glass

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

We have elevated the happy hour experience here at The Chopping Block! Join us as we taste three delicious, food-friendly wines that have been hand selected to complement our classes this evening. Our interactive tasting includes a mini wine lesson featuring Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, where you’ll learn about the wine’s characteristics, tasting profiles and pairing suggestions to better further your wine knowledge. This is a great way to get...

Friday Oct 6th, 5–6pm Central Time


Wine Making

Beverage Art Inc @ 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL 60620

Experience the fine art of wine making as we take you through the step-by-step procedure of making your first varietal wine. Chardonnay to Estate grown Cabernet can be made. Wines are made in class with our equipment and guidance in the first of this two-session class. Fermentation is conducted in our temperature controlled cellar and is overseen by our winemaker experts. What's included: Basics of quality fine winemaking from grape to...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 7–9pm Central Time

for 2 students

The Italian Renaissance of Wine

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

In quality, quantity and pure enjoyment, Italy is the world’s greatest wine-grower.  But until the 1950’s, most Italian wine was sold in bulk, with no reference to grape, region or vintage. How did this nation known for straw-wrapped bottles of plonk transform into America’s favorite import? Join Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross as we taste 5 favorite Italian wines paired with (Italian noshes), practice Italian wine terms and reveal how...

Friday Oct 6th, 6:30–8pm Central Time

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Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Are you skilled in the sensory evaluation of wine? The practice of wine tasting requires a formalized methodology that includes understanding perceived wine flavors, aromas, and characteristics of wine. Sommeliers understand and can explain the structure, style, balance and quality of wine, as well identify winemaking flaws. This workshop is a must for those seeking to improve or master their wine tasting skills and knowledge.  Includes guided...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Chardonnays of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Cab is often proclaimed as King, but Chard is everywhere... Chardonnay is Pinot’s Burgundian cousin, California’s most widely grown grape and is grown all over the world. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Taste it with and without oak, from cool and warm climates. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 6 wines. Despite the differences you will...

Thursday Oct 19th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Zinfandels of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Zinfandel is a California classic and accounts for almost 10% of California grape vine acreage. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Compare it to its genetic relatives from Italy, Croatia & perhaps beyond. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Zin lovers...

Thursday Oct 12th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Sauvignon Blancs of The World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world and ranges from easy poolside sipping to intensely herbaceous to lean and minerally to succulently sweet. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Sauvignon Blanc lovers and those seeking...

Thursday Nov 9th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Cabernet Sauvignons of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

"God made Cabernet Sauvignon" - André Tchelistcheff  Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest of the Bordeaux family of grapes are grown all over the world. Learn Cabernet’s origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads.  This class is a must for Cabernet lovers...

Thursday Nov 16th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Sweet and Fortified Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Nectar of the Gods Sweet white wine used to greatly outnumber dry reds among the revered wines of the world. Return to sweetness, learning about the classic dessert wines of the world, other homes, various production methods, and styles. Discover through a guided tasting how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Dessert...

Saturday Dec 23rd, 11am–1pm Pacific Time

Wines of Northern France

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

France is one of the world's major wine-producing nations. In fact, their national Appellation d'Origine Controlee system is the basis for most wine labeling laws around the world and many of their grapes are grown throughout the world.  In this course, you will learn the cool climates, grapes and wine styles of northern France. We'll explore Champagne, Alsace, Loire and Burgundy. This workshop is part of the Certified Specialist of Wine...

Sunday Oct 1st, 2–5pm Pacific Time

Rieslings of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Who says Riesling is sweet? Riesling thrives in cool climates and ages for decades but many only know the sweet and simple styles. It is made in many places from still to sparkling, bone-dry to dessert sweet. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 6 wines. Despite the differences, you will find common threads....

Thursday Oct 26th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Syrahs (Shiraz) of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Travel the world of Syrah... Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned wine grape variety that can taste dramatically different depending on where it's grown.  In this workshop, we'll explore the power, elegance and versatility of Syrah/Shiraz and its potential to challenge Cab & Pinot as king of CA reds. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how Syrah varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various...

Thursday Nov 2nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Intro to World Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Join us in unravelling the mysteries of the EU labelling scheme and compare it with wine from the rest of the world. We will look for global wine patterns touring the world in a glass. Take in the highlights of France, Italy, and Spain, plus various New World regions. The tasting of 5-7 wines will focus on New World vs Old World and examples from various climates and grapes. This workshop may be taken as part of our Intro Series or individually a...

Saturday Sep 30th, 11am–1pm Pacific Time

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Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Wine has become increasingly popular in the US over the last decade. Wine drinkers are estimated to consume 2.8 gallons of wine per year on average. The beverage’s rise in popularity is thanks to the introduction of online wine retailers who will ship bottles to your door along with the exponential growth of American wine production, and the drink’s health benefits. 

The first traces of a wine-like substance were found in 60-million-year-old fossils. Different cultures contributed to the production of wine across history, finding the best ways to de-stem, crush, and ferment varieties of wine grapes. As the production of wine evolved, so too did the way people enjoy wine. Wine tastings are evident in the writings of Greek philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. Wine enthusiasts since have come up with formalized the wine tasting process. 

There are wine tasting classes available across the US that can teach you about the wine tasting process and how to assess the quality of wine. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting in Chicago

Wine tastings can help broaden your palate. Many people try a specific type of wine and never branch out to other varieties. Attending a wine tasting will introduce you to several wines you may have not tried otherwise. An instructor will help you pick out flavor notes in the wines you try, which can help you find other wines that pique your tastebuds. 

Wine tastings are also great social activities. They encourage conversation with others at the tasting and can be attended as a fun group activity. Wine tastings are often booked by couples on Valentine’s Day or as anniversary dates. They also make good corporate events if your business or organization is looking to schedule an event to encourage socialization. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes & Schools in Chicago

Wineries, community centers, and restaurants around the Chicago area host in-person wine tastings. Wine tastings are led by experts, or sommeliers, who can teach you the basic principles of wine tasting and tell you about the history behind the wines you are trying. Classes may provide you with general wine knowledge and vintage-specific knowledge. 

For a casual night of wine tasting check out Raise a Glass, a happy hour experience provided by The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square. You’ll receive a mini-lesson on the history of wine as you snack on wine-friendly foods. Your tasting will include several wines and all wines purchased during the tasting will be 10% off. 

Region-specific and history-focused classes are also available. The Chopping Block offers the class, Wine Lands of Spain, which discusses Spain’s wine heritage across the globe and a tasting of six Spanish wines. History buffs are welcome to join their War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine class. This two-hour class will walk you through the history of World War II and the role that wine played in France’s resistance movement. 

The Discovery Center, located in Irving Park, hosts a wine tasting and appreciation class for in-experienced and experienced wine tasters alike. You’ll expand your palate and wine vocabulary in this workshop. Come prepared with your questions about vintages, pairings, and more, as your instructor will be happy to answer them. 

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes & Schools

In-person wine tastings are a hands-on way to learn about and try new and flavorful wines. They also provide you with the chance to meet other wine enthusiasts. However, you may not have time in your schedule to attend an in-person class. If that’s the case, virtual wine tasting classes might interest you. Virtual classes are taught by live instructors who are wine experts. They’ll be able to answer your questions while informing you about the session's tasting choices. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers a large number of online wine tasting classes. Some classes focus on wines from specific regions while others introduce several different wines and the process of wine tasting. If you’re new to wine tastings and would like to be led through the process, sign up for their Wine 101 class. In this class, you’ll taste six different wines while focusing on the structure of the wine and the main grape varieties. 

If you’re interested in tasting and learning about wines from different countries, the San Francisco Wine School can provide you with an introduction to Italian wines and an introduction to French wines. You can find the other introductory courses the school offers on CourseHorse. 

You can also take virtual tasting classes focused on other types of alcoholic beverages. The San Francisco Wine School, for example, offers a class on beer and sake, and Whisky Gourmet hosts a Cognac tasting class

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago

Is your business or organization interested in scheduling a wine tasting as a socialization event for your team? Or are you and a group of friends looking for a fun activity to do together over the weekend? CourseHorse offers private group wine tasting classes that they can deliver to you.

CourseHorse offers two different virtual wine tasting workshops. The first workshop features wine from Spain, Italy, New Zealand, and California. The second workshop features a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Spanish Rosé, and a Californian Pinot Noir.Both classes can accommodate up to 500 people. 

For groups interested in learning about wine and cheese, CourseHorse offers a virtual wine and cheese workshop. The instructor of your class will teach you about the methods used to produce wine and cheese and how to elevate your conversation about the two. All participants in this class must be over the age of 21. 

CourseHorse supplies your group with all necessary class materials. Bottles of wine and food pairings will be shipped to each participant once participant addresses have been submitted to the fulfillment team. 

You can use the contact form on CourseHorse’s website to inquire about what other wine tasting classes they can offer you and your group. You can ask them about specific vintages or pairings and discuss the size of your group to ensure that they can accommodate it. If you don’t know the size of your group when booking a class with CourseHorse, you can provide them with the minimum group size and update your headcount later. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class. There is a $150 rescheduling fee if you reschedule less than 48 hours in advance. It’s recommended that you take your class using Zoom. CourseHorse can accommodate WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Google if you provide them with the meeting details.