Wine Classes

Come learn about wine! 

Corkbuzz Chelsea Market wine classes span a variety of levels and topics ranging from beginners courses to in-depth wine education, and are taught by Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec and her team of sommeliers. Classes are thorough and interactive, inspiring conversation in a lively, social environment. We encourage you to sign up in advance below, as classes do fill up quickly. If seats are still available, though, drop-ins are welcome!



All wine classes include assorted cheese and bread. Don’t see the class or time you want? Drop us a line with your ideas. We also offer custom wine classes for private parties and corporate events. Click on a month below for the list of currently scheduled classes. 



Classes are also offered at our Union Square location!

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Wine 101
Learn the basics and discover what you like in a wine so you can choose bottles in a restaurant or wine shop with confidence. We'll cover: how wine is made; the difference between Old World and New World styles of wine; how climate affects the body, alcohol and acidity of wine; how to determine and describe what you like.
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A Tour of France
Learn about the major wine regions of France, from Alsace to Languedoc-Rousillon and everything in between. Traditionally, this has been one of the most important countries for wine in the world, and understanding the "classic" regions, grapes and wine styles is fundamental to a solid wine knowledge. (Not to mention, they're good wines!) We'll taste and cover: French wine laws and history; six major wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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Cheese & Wine Pairing
Though they're famous for going well together, cheese and wine aren't the easiest of things to understand. Stilton and Syrah or Gruyère and Grüner — who knows?? We do. We'll taste and cover: composition of cheese and wine; main types of cheese; general pairing guidelines; specific pairing suggestions.
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Burgundy Basics
Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, with a legion of passionate devotees. It can also be one of the most confusing to explore, with some vineyards boasting only a few rows of precious vines tended by multiple producers. We'll taste and cover: Burgundy's history and organization; its main grapes and sub-regions; recent vintages.
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Raid the Cellar with Laura Maniec: Rhone Varietals
Taste some of Laura's favorites along side snacks to pair with them from our Chef's menu. Each raid has a theme selected by Laura, where she will pull and share some bottles with informed, casual and fun conversation. Each of these bottles and regions holds a special place in our cellar, join us and learn why.
Please note this class cannot be used as a part of the 5 class pack.
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Shades of Red: Exploring Red Varietals
Ever wonder how sommeliers can name a wine with just a sniff and a sip? It starts with knowing the characteristics of different varietals...such as how cabernet differs from pinot noir or syrah.

Join us and sample 6 different red varietals and enjoy some cheese and bread while we walk you through the range of aromas and structural differences across the spectrum of red varietals.
We are truly entering the season of red wine!
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A Tour of Germany & Austria
Riesling, Gruner, Spatburgunder, Blaufrankisch? Come explore these historic cool climate regions of Europe on a tour of Germany and Austria. Kabinett, Eiswein, Smaraagd, Gutswein, Gross Gewachs, we'll discuss all these terms while we taste delicious wines from the Mosel all the way to Styria. By the end you will be able to discuss the whites and reds (yes there are reds too!) that make this region so rich and equally delicious!
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Exploring White Varietals
From Burgundian barrel aged chardonnay to zesty New Zealand sauvignon blanc, join us at Corkbuzz as we take an in depth tour of white wine varietals. In this class we'll explore classic white wines, distinguishing their unique attributes and identifying benchmark characteristics.
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Drink Local: The New New York
"Drink local!" has become a popular slogan as New York State's wine industry has taken off, and quality has seen a huge upswing of late. We're excited to show off our favorite wines from our home turf! Did you know New York State has been producing wine for over 400 years?
We're proud to say that world-class wines are coming out of the Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment, and Long Island! We'll taste and cover: major appellations, our current favorite producers and grape varieties. 

This class is supported by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation as part of the NY Drinks NY Program.
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Exploring Wines of the Southern Hemisphere
Earth's Southern Hemisphere is home to some of the most fascinating up-and-coming wine-growing areas, with vineyards popping up everywhere from the hot high desert to the foothills of the Andes to the cool and foggy coast (and everywhere in between). We'll discuss new and established appellations while we taste through a diverse array of whites and reds from some of these most exciting wineries.
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A Tour of Italy
Learn about the major wine regions of Italy, from Alto Adige to Sicily and everything in between. There's such a wide range of wines produced here — over 1,400 native grapes! — it's no wonder Italian wine can be a little confusing. But the wines are delicious and well-worth getting to know. We'll taste and cover: Italian wine laws and history; six major Italian wine regions and their climates, grapes, styles of production and suggested pairings.
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5-Class Pack: January
Start the New Year off right with wine education! This 5-class pack is a great way to take a wide range of wine classes, from Wine 101 up through 200-level classes, to food-and-wine pairings, to regionally focused classes — for just $250.

Add just this item to your cart. After check-out, you will receive an order confirmation email. To request seats and register for classes, simply email with your desired class names and dates. You can always request additional class registrations within the month as you desire; all registrations are subject to class availability and will be confirmed by email reply. The 5-class pack is valid for 30 days from the date of your first class.

Please note, the 5 class pack cannot be used for Laura's Classes.

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