2015 Spring/Summer Schedule and Registration

To buy a Gift Certificate click here or call the Westchester Wine School at 914-478-5197 or email nedtowle@westchesterwineschool.com

wine glassItalian Wine Dinner

an evening of great food and good cheer
led by Ned Towle, Wine School Director and Sommelier,
and Mima's owner, John Leggio, chef and staff

Sold Out

Tuesday, May 19
7:30 pm
Location:   Mima Vinoteca, 63 Main St, Irvington  
  Cost:
  $115 all inclusive  

Menu

Light nosh on table 
Parmigiano, puglese olives, hot & sweet sausage
Franciacorta, Berlucci Cuvee 61 Brut  NV

Grilled Portuguese octopus, potatoes, kalamato olives,
red onion, red radish, citrus vinaigrette
Verdicchio del Matelica, Colle Stefano 2012

Sweet corn ravioli, truffle brown butter, sage,parmigiano
Regaleali Bianco, Tasca d'Almerita 

Branzino, baby carrots, watercress puree,
heirloom tomato compote
Galioppo, Librandi "Duca Sanfelice Ciro Riserva" 2010

Braised beef short ribs, green beans, apple chutney
Brunello di Montalcino, Uccelliera 2010

Blueberry & white chocolate bread pudding,
amaretto cream, vanilla gelato
Moscato d'Asti, Vietti 2014  

 

wine glassFrench Wine Scholar Certification Course

“The French Wine Scholar Program is the industry’s most comprehensive in-depth course on the wines of France.” Jay Youmans, Master of Wine

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The Wine Scholar Program is developed and administered by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture. This 12 session review and exam preparation course will be given Monday evenings beginning September 8. For further information click on the link above, email nedtowle@wwsny.com or call 914-478-5197

11 Mondays Date:   June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 31
Time:   7– 10 p.m.
New Location:   Grapes the Wine Company (2nd floor meeting room) 
731 North Broadway, White Plains, NY10603
Grapes The Wine Company
Tuition:
*
  $1095
*
$1050 for those working in the food and beverage industry
      Payment plan available
* "Add to Cart" brings you to PayPal which will allow you to use your PayPal account or a credit card. To pay by credit card click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out", then click "Don't have a paypal account". 
Logo: Italian Wine Professional

wine glassItalian Wine Professional (IWP)
New Course and Credential for Professional-Level Italian Wine Knowledge

The Italian Wine Professional™ (IWP) is a training and certification program designed to help students of wine become comfortable with the complex world of Italian wine. It has been created specifically to give those who have experience with wine but have not dealt much with Italian wine—and even those who are quite familiar with certain categories of Italian wine but want to broaden their scope to less familiar territory—the confidence needed to discuss, sell, and buy Italian wine.

This program is geared toward those who work in retail, restaurant, import, and distribution roles, but is also ideal for wine writers, educators, and avid wine-lovers who wish to increase their knowledge of Italian wine.

8 Weekly online units beginning Monday, April 13: these online lessons are self-paced e-learning lessons, permitting students to pursue the course at their own pace in their own time/space. Lessons include exercises and one tasting assignment per week.

8 Weekly online units Unit 1:   Introduction to Italy and Italian Wines
Unit 2:   Northern Italian Reds
Unit 3:   Central Italian Reds
Unit 4:   Southern Italian Reds
Unit 5:   Whites of the Coasts and Islands
Unit 6:   High-Elevation and Inland White Wines
Unit 7:   Sparkling Wines, Dessert Wines, & Spirits
  Unit 8:   Luxury Wines
3 moderator-led student discussion groups 1 in April; 2 in May   7:00 – 9:00 PM
  Location:   At Grapes the Wine Company, 371 N. Broadway, White Plains
One 12 hour intensive weekend review session Saturday, June 13: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, June 14 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:   At Grapes the Wine Company, 371 N. Broadway, White Plains
  Full Course Tuition:   $885
* "Add to Cart" brings you to PayPal which will allow you to use your PayPal account or a credit card. To pay by credit card click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out", then click "Don't have a paypal account". 
Payment Plans are Available

wine glassWine Lovers Classes and Dinners

6 Tuesday Classes
7:30 - 9:30 PM
$75 per class
January 27:
Sold out
 

Haut-Médoc: the 4 major communes and how they differ
For the Bordeaux fans – Haut Médoc, yes, but learn about and taste the wines of the four major communes that you "must" know….St. Estèphe, Pauillac, St. Julien, and Margaux…..

  February 17:
Sold out
 

CA Rhone Rangers vs. a Range of French Rhones
Wordplay aside, there are very good Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier being grown here – and how do they compare to wines of the Rhone Valley? Come find out.

  March 17 :
Sold out
  Can the True Pinot Noir Step Forward
Can you have fun, learn something, and enjoy Pinot Noirs from eight different countries, all at the same time? I think so!
  April 21:
  Oregon – not Exactly Burgundian and not Californian
Oregon is original – taste its Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, and Rieslings and   learn about its distinctive terroir and wines.
  May 5:
$75
Sold out

To be on the waiting list click here
  "Renaissance in Sicily: Wine Culture is Reborn…"
Find out what the excitement is all about – the terroir, grapes and wines of the up-and-coming wine regions of Sicily.

  May 12:
rescheduled from
March 3
Sold out
To be on the waiting list click here
  Pessac-Léognan: Whites and Reds from this Superb Appellation –    Bordeaux's only region making both world-class reds and whites is Pessac Léognan. A region worth knowing.
  6 Class Tuition:   6 classes for $440
  Location:   Sam’s of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains
2 Wine Dinners March 31   French Wine Dinner
May 19:   Italian Wine Dinner
Mima Vinoteca, 63 Main St, Irvington
* "Add to Cart" brings you to PayPal which will allow you to use your PayPal account or a credit card. To pay by credit card click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out", then click "Don't have a paypal account". 

wine glassWorld of Wine

The best introductory wine survey for the beginner and enthusiast alike.

6 Tuesdays Starting September 2015:
7:30 - 9:30 PM
    The Most Important Grape Varieties and Wine Regions of the World:
An essential overview of the eight principal red and white grape varieties and the famous regions from which they come
      Taste Like a Sommelier Part I (identifying tastes and texture in wine):
How to taste and what we taste: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, tannin and alcohol
      Taste Like a Sommelier Part II (Recognizing Aromas and Wine Styles; Developing your Nose):
Identifying aromas, bouquets, flavors, and Old World and New World wine styles
      France - "Motherland of Wine":
The regions, grapes, and wines of the world's most important wine country
      The Wines of Italy and Spain:
The most fun, varied, and, next to France, the most important wine countries in Europe
      Leading the "New World" - Wines of the USA:
California, Oregon, Washington and New York - our formidable entries into the world of wine - the regions, grapes and wines that make these states famous
  Location:   Sam’s of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains
Full CourseTuition:   $420
      $390 each for couples and friends signing up together

wine glassCertified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Training Course

Certified Specialist Pin

The Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam is a rigorous exam which tests a candidate's knowledge and mastery of key elements of wine production and evaluation, and of the major wine regions, their climates, soils, grapes, and wine styles. The Westchester Wine School's CSW Course is a comprehensive, clearly structured approach to help ensure each student's success in passing this exam.

10 Wednesdays: Next Course scheduled to begin September 16, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Tuition:  
  $1095
  $1050 for those working in the food and beverage industry.
Payment Plan Available. Call Westchester Wine School at 914-478-5197.
Location: Grapes the Wine Company (2nd floor meeting room)
731 North Broadway, White Plains, NY10603
Grapes The Wine Co logo
* "Add to Cart" brings you to PayPal which will allow you to use your PayPal account or a credit card. To pay by credit card click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out", then click "Don't have a paypal account". 

Note

  • no one under 21 is allowed
  • refunds of deposits will be given up to two weeks in advance of a class
  • credit for a future class will be given up to two days in advance of a class
  • with open-ended Gift Certificates, recipients must alert the School one week in advance of attending a class