Test your knowledge at D.C.’s top wine schools

If you’re looking to take your wine tasting or food pairing knowledge to the next level there are several D.C. area wine schools that can help.

Wine Tasting, Courtesy: Context Travel, Flickr

Check out the Capital Wine School if you are looking for “sommelier status” or even if you just want the wine basics.

Their “Introduction to Wine Basics” is listed as a two-hour course for $75 that covers everything from matching and tasting to serving and storing. Want to go beyond the basics? Check out the “Focus Tasting” courses to go deeper into specific wines and regions. They offer  “Wines of the Rhone Valley-France” and “Secret Spain” as some of the upcoming regional courses. But call to confirm dates, as they are listed as TBD on the site.

On the Capital Wine School site, they describe their classes as “fun and upretentious.”  That’s a plus, since we like our drinks with attitude and that’s about it!

According to the site, beginner classes go for about two hours and are reasonably priced at just under a hundred bucks. For more advanced courses, expect to pay more. The schedule is a little spotty for summer, but you can call for private bookings. Not sure if you can get the group to “wine school” on time? No worries, they offer to bring the tasting classes to you.

Wine Tasting, Courtesy: Nick J Webb

The Washington Wine Academy is D.C.’s other premier wine school. Located in Crystal City, this school is loaded with a wide variety of one-hour evening classes to meet everyone’s busy schedule.

Looks like they cover the broad beverage basics, but do offer some specialized topics with an emphasis on learning about wine regions. Looking to learn more about beer and spirits?  They’ve got that covered too. There’s an upcoming one-hour class on July 10,  “Intro to Belgian Beer,” that will include a tasting of four beers. Cheers to that!

We are tempted to tag along for the July 14 “Wine Cruise on the Potomac” event. Looks like it will include about 15 different wines as you take in the beautiful afternoon views of D.C. on a riverboat.


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