2016 Fall 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 glassWorld of Wine

The best introductory wine survey for the beginner and enthusiast alike. Each class includes 8 to 10 wines.

6 Mondays:
7:30 - 9:30 PM
September 12:
$85
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  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.
  September 19:
$85
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  Taste Like a Sommelier Part I – Develop Your Palate (identifying tastes and texture in wine):
How to taste and what we taste: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, tannin and alcohol.
  September 26:
$85
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  Taste Like a Sommelier Part II – Developing Your Nose (recognizing aromas, wine styles, and what you prefer): Identifying aromas, bouquets, flavors, and Old World and New World wine styles.
  October 10:
$85
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  France - "Motherland of Wine":
The regions, grapes, and wines of the world's most important wine country.
  October 17:
$85
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  The Wines of Italy and Spain:
The most fun, varied, and, next to France, the most important wine countries in Europe.
  October 24:
$85
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  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.
  Instructor:   JoAnn DeGaglia, CSW, Certified Sommelier and Wine Judge
Full CourseTuition:
*
  $460 per course (a $50 savings)
Location:   Sam’s of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains
  Sam's o Gedney Way logo
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wine glassWine Lovers Classes

For maximum fun and learning with fellow wine enthusiasts.

8 Tuesdays
7:30 - 9:30 PM
September 13:
$85
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  The Ultimate Class on Italian Wine!
A structured blind tasting of 8-10 of Italy’s most loved wines.

You will be served blind, one at a time, 8-10 classic Italian wines and for each wine you will be given a choice of four grapes or blends and four wine regions from which to choose.  Before you finish the wine, but after you have made your choices, you will be told what the wine is.  After discussion of that wine, its characteristics and its provenance, we will go on to the next wine.

Court of Master Sommelier tasting grids will be used to identify the singular characteristics of each wine. A “cheat sheet” listing the “markers” or unique characteristics of each wine will also be available to aid in identifying the wines.

  September 20:
$95
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  AGING – the fascinating evolution of wine – what’s the change and do you like it?
Take Bordeaux, Burgundy, Châteauneuf du Pape, Barolo, Brunello and Rioja, and from each appellation compare 2 or 3 wines of different ages from the same producer in vintages of comparable quality.  What is the effect of age in each case?  Which of the aged wines do you prefer?  Is it true that Bordeaux of all wines improves the most with age?
  September 27:
$85
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  Find your everyday white Burgundy drinking wine….
The trick is to find a really good Burgundy white that’s affordable.  Taste 8-10 of the best value (under $30) white Burgundies and discover your house Burgundy white.

This is the first and only all-white wine class ever given by WWS.  Stand up and be counted, white wine lovers, and join this once-in-a-wine-School’s tasting of Chardonnays from Burgundy.

And, oh yes, to liven and inform the tasting, there will be two or three “ringer” wines added – a high-price Burgundy white, and Chardonnays from two countries other than France.
  October 18:
$85
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  French vs. Italian Wines
Served blind in pairs, it will be up to you to identify the country and your preference. Improve your understanding of the styles that define each country’s wines and discover which you like best.   Imagine distinguishing and noting the differences between a Barolo and a Pinot Noir, a Barbera d’Alba and a St. Emilion, a Brunello and a Pomerol, an Amarone and a Châteauneuf du Pape, a Pinot Grigio and a Chablis, or a Sancerre and an Arneis.  What fun and learning!
  October 25:
$85
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  Follow the famous American wine importer, Kermit Lynch: explore the French domaines and wines he selects in his book, Adventures on the Wine Route.

Go beneath the surface. Get the story behind the French wine makers and terroirs and savor 8 – 10 of the very wines Lynch talks about!

            Any second thoughts? Listen to a couple of reviews of this book:

“In Kermit Lynch’s small, true, delightful book there is more understanding about what wine really is than in everything else I have read.” Victor Hazan

“What heaven-sent common sense.”  Hugh Johnson

“I enjoyed it more than any other wine book I have read.”  Roald Dahl

Joining me in this adventure into “understanding about what wine really is…” is our own France wine traveler and raconteur extraordinaire,  Ron Fierstein.

  November 1:
$95
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  The Bordeaux Blend Blow-out
Calling all those who love Bordeaux wine!  Taste and vote on the Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc blends from, yes, Bordeaux, but also from California and Italy and perhaps a fourth mystery country… Can you tell the difference? How do the styles differ? Which do you prefer?
  November 15:
$85
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  The World-Wide Blind Tasting Discovery and Challenge
There will be 4-5 flights of classic world wines with 2- 3 wines in each.  The wines in each flight will be written down for everyone but not the order in which they are served. The two or three wines will be from different grapes, or the same grape from different regions or countries, or the same wine from different vintages. A discussion will follow each flight.

Court of Master Sommelier tasting grids will be used to identify the singular characteristics of each wine. A “cheat sheet” listing the “markers” or unique characteristics of each wine will also be available to aid in identifying and learning about the wines.

In addition to learning a lot about classic world wines, “teams” of 1, 2, and 3 persons, will compete to get the best score and win a special bottle of wine!
  November 29:
$85
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  King of the Hill Night II (formerly known as “Smack Down Night”)

We once again learn that high priced wines, like stuffy European aristocrats, are no match for the hardscrabble, up and coming, value wines of the world…or do we?

Under $30 wines square off against their haughty over-$60 cousins in this second epic and revealing wine stand-off. Have you had a $20 Cabernet recently that knocks the cork off an $80 Cab? Or, on the contrary, maybe a $70 Chardonnay that makes a $25 Chardonnay seem like it’s still in diapers….?

You decide the winners in the King of the Hill Night II tasting.

(this second King of the Hill contest is also known as “a gracious opportunity for redemption” provided to the “aristocratic wines”)
  Instructor:   Ned Towle, CWE, FWS, IWP
  Full Course Tuition:
*
  $640 (a $60 discount)
  Location:   Sam’s of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains
Sam's o Gedney Way logo
* To pay with a credit card or bank account: click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out"  and then "Pay with an online bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal credit".
The following three certfication courses have not yet been scheduled.

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 Classes: TBA
Dates: TBA
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Instructor: TBA
Tuition: $1095
  $1050 for those working in the food and beverage industry.
Payment Plan Available. Call Westchester Wine School at 914-478-5197.
Location: TBA
* To pay with a credit card or bank account: click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out"  and then "Pay with an online bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal credit".

wine glassFrench Wine Scholar

French Wine Scholar Study ManualFrench Wine SocietyTheFrench Wine Scholar Study and Certification program provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France.

Developed and administrated by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

Students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal and become one of the 400+ French Wine Scholars around the world!

10 Classes Instructor:   TBA
  Dates:   TBA
  Location:   TBA
  Tuition:   $1200
* To pay with a credit card or bank account: click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out"  and then "Pay with an online bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal credit".
Payment Plans are Available
Logo: Italian Wine Professional

wine glassItalian Wine Professional (IWP)
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.

9 Classes Instructor:   TBA
  Dates:   TBA
  Location:   TBA
  Tuition:   $985
      $935 for those working in the food and beverage industry
* To pay with a credit card or bank account: click "Add to Cart", then "Check Out"  and then "Pay with an online bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal credit".
Payment Plans are Available

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