2016 Winter/Spring 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 Starting February 2016:
7:30 - 9:30 PM
February 1:
$85
  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.
  February 22:
(rescheduled)
$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.
  February 29:
$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.
  March 14:
$85
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  France - "Motherland of Wine":
The regions, grapes, and wines of the world's most important wine country.
  April 4:
$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.
  April 18:
$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:   Ned Towle, CWE, FWS, IWP
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
* 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 glassWine Lovers Classes

For maximum fun and learning with fellow wine enthusiasts.

7 Tuesdays
7:30 - 9:30 PM
January 26:
$85
  Training Your Palate Using the Court of Master Sommelier Tasting Grid – a highly structured review of color, aroma, flavor, tastes, and finish, ending with conclusions on the wine's climate, New World vs Old World, country, grape, vintage and quality.
  February 23:
$85
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  Sangiovese Explore the Differences - between Chianti, Chianti Classico, Morellino di Scansano, Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, plus Corsican and US Sangioveses.
  March 8:
$95
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  Revisiting Auray Gourmet cheese shop in Larchmont, where 5-6 superb examples of favorite cheeses will be matched with two wines for each cheese.
       Before the tasting you will be asked to identify which type of wine will go best with each of the types of cheese.  The group will vote on the best matches and the person with the best forecast wins big!!!
  March 29:
$85
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  Riesling Around the World - how the Riesling grape is expresses itself in various regions including Germany, Alsace, Finger Lakes, Washington State, Australia, South Africa, etc. 
  April 12:
$85
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  California Rhone Rangers vs. the Wines of the Rhone Valley - many of the wineries of California's Central Coast grow the grapes of the French Rhone Valley: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault.  The wine makers even refer to themselves as the "Rhone Rangers". Find out how their "Rhone wines" compare to those from the Rhone Valley.
  May 10:
$85
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  Adventures on the Wine Route*
Doug Polaner is one of the wine industry’s most successful importers. He combs the world looking for producers whose wine he is proud to represent. Included in his repertoire are Piedmont’s Giacomo Conterno and the Loire’s Dagueneau family. There have been many adventures along the way, and Doug will share some road stories with us and lead us through a sampling of his discoveries.

*inspired by the Kermit Lynch book of the same name.
  May 24:
$85
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  The Ultimate Class on French Wine! - a structured blind tasting of 8-10 typical French wines – select which it is among a choice of grapes and regions.
       You will be served blind, one at a time, 8-10 typical French 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. The person who identifies the highest number of wines wins big!!!
  Instructor:   Ned Towle, CWE, FWS, IWP
  Tuition:   $545 (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".

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 Mondays: February 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14, April 4,11,18, May 2, 9
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Miller, CSW, FWS
Tuition:  
  $1095
  $1050 for those working in the food and beverage industry.
Payment Plan Available. Call Westchester Wine School at 914-478-5197.
Location: Best Wine Purveyors
210 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NYBest Wine Purveyers
* 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".
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.

9 Tuesdays starting in February
7:00 - 9:30 PM
February 2 Unit 1:   Introduction to Italy and Italian Wines
February 9 Unit 2:   Northern Italian Reds
March 1 Unit 3:   Central Italian Reds
March 15 Unit 4:   Southern Italian Reds
April 5 Unit 5:   Whites of the Coasts and Islands
April 19 Unit 6:   High-Elevation and Inland White Wines
May 3 Unit 7:   Sparkling Wines, Dessert Wines, & Spirits
May 17 Unit 8:   Luxury Wines
  June 7 Unit 9   Class Presentations and Examination
  Instructor:   Doug Croll, CSW, IWP
  Location:   Best Wine Purveyors
210 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NYBest Wine Purveyers
  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