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    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

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    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the delicate art of wine tasting by cultivating your palate and expanding your wine vocabulary
    • Taste several classical grape varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles
    • Gain command of wine and food pairings, storage, and how to select wine at a restaurant or shop
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    4 positive reviews
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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    9030 S. Hermitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    9 positive reviews
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    Wine and Cheese of France

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    What's beyond Bordeaux and brie? During this tasting, you'll be sipping and munching your way through a knockout lineup of some of the best wines and cheeses that France has to offer. Just as with its eclectic wine scene, every region of France has its own particular cheeses. You'll be enjoying these famed products region-by-region, discovering matches that don't just taste great together, but were actually made for each other! Under the guidance of a professional connoisseur, you'll wake up your palate and send it into another plane of existence thanks to some of the most sophisticated flavors you'll have ever tasted. Ça te dit?
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    Wine and Cheese of France

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Discover some of the best pairings from one of the world's foremost hubs of wine and cheese
    • Expand your wine knowledge while enjoying a variety of vintages from different regions
    • Learn about the extensive realm of French cheeses and how to bring out their flavors
    • Give your taste buds the thrill ride of their life
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    4 positive reviews
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    Ze Wines of France!

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    Bring Paris to Evanston in this introductory wine class! Learn about the fundamentals of French wine and enjoy a delicious and delightful wine tasting. Discover what it was exactly about French wine and culture that kept expatriates like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald writing about it for years. Taste a variety of textbook wines from the most famous appellations and gain the necessary skills to distinguish one type of wine from another. One of the glasses of French wine is bound to send your taste buds into utter bliss... so drink up, and find out which one!
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    Ze Wines of France!

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of French wine and enjoy a delicious tasting
    • Taste a variety of textbook wines from the most famous appellations
    • Learn the basics of distinguishing wines from one another
    • Discover the types of wines you enjoy most and why
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    4 positive reviews
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    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

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    Who says vegans can't mangia? In this one-of-a-kind Italian cooking class, you'll discover how to bring the rich flavors of Italy into your vegetarian feasts. With a professional chef ready to guide you along the way, you'll learn about the region's cuisine and discover the secrets to preparing dishes like a pro. Working in groups, you'll cook up satisfying recipes like arugula and pine nut salad with lemon vinaigrette, porcini mushroom and herb risotto, eggplant parmesan, and fresh ricotta and chocolate filled cannoli. Practice important techniques such as making vinaigrettes, sauteing eggplant, and balancing flavors. When your creations are complete, you'll sit down and savor the fruits of your labor in true Italian fashion.
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    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cook up a variety of vegan dishes in the Italian style
    • Cook up tasty recipes like porcini mushroom and herb risotto
    • Practice techniques such as selecting and sautéing eggplant
    • Gain a new appreciation for Italian flavors
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    29 positive reviews
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

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    These tasty little dumplings of Italian descent are ready to make an appearance at your dinner table. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the secrets to creating such delicious dishes as potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu, spinach gnocchi with roasted garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs, and cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese. As you work alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills like selecting potatoes, shaping and cooking gnocchi, selecting sausage, and working with leeks. When your dishes are ready, you'll grab a fork and reap the rewards of a job well done.
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating Gnocchi from scratch
    • Prepare tasty recipes like potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu
    • Practice shaping and cooking gnocchi with the guidance of a professional chef
    • Discover the secrets to cooking up an Italian favorite
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    29 positive reviews
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    Pilsen Neighborhood Tour

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    You want Italian food...but you want Mexican food. ...But you want Italian food...but you want Mexican food... The solution? Jalapeno cannolis. Just kidding! That sounds gross. Instead try this cool tour that will take you through Pilsen, Chicago's oldest Italian neighborhood, AND Little Village, known as "The Mexico of the Midwest." You'll get your fill on both cuisines, and learn a little bit about the food, art, and culture of the area. The best part? You'll be driven around by a chef who can teach you all about the history, process, and culture behind the delicious eats! But if that doesn't sound good you could always go back to those jalapeno cannolis... But we don't suggest that.
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    Pilsen Neighborhood Tour

    455 North Park Drive, Chicago

    • Tour the vibrant and bustling West Side neighborhoods that are known as the "Heart of Chicago"and "The Mexico of the Midwest"
    • Drive around with an experienced chef at the wheel
    • Learn about the wealthy and working class Czechs and Eastern Europeans, as well as the Latinos, who shaped these areas
    • Taste some of the more scrumptious delights the neighborhood has to offer!
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    12 positive reviews
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    Cheap n' Good Wines

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    Instead of showing up to the party with an overrated, expensive bottle of wine, you can take this class, learn about cheap and delicious wines, and enjoy your night free of the debt a bottle of wine could put you in. Wine is supposed to be enjoyed! With this class, you'll learn about tasteful wines suited for every occasion and the best places in town to find them. Basically, gain the insider knowledge a true wine connoisseur seeks! The best part about this class is that you will get the chance to taste the wine mentioned in class (talk about absorbing information!). Afterwards, you'll take home the Wine Goddess' "Cheap 'n' Good" wine list for 2014, hot off the presses. Taste, learn, and enjoy!
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    Cheap n' Good Wines

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Savour a handful of inexpensive but tasty wines
    • Learn about the best places in town to find these rare gems
    • Take home the "Cheap 'n' Good"wine list for 2014
    • Gain insider knowledge on the wine market like a true connoisseur
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    4 positive reviews
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    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to Rome

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    Let your senses escape to Rome as you smell, touch, and taste the foods of Italy in this all-levels cooking class. A professional chef will be your tour guide as you learn all about the region's favorite fare and how to prepare it in your own home. Practice important skills such as rolling fresh pasta dough, preparing egg-based sauces, sauteing green vegetables and more! You'll work in small groups with your classmates to create delicious menu items like roasted broccolini with garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then, take a seat at the table and enjoy your handmade Italian feast.
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    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to Rome

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook with the flavors Italy
    • When in Rome, eat as the Romans do!
    • Cook delicious dishes like Spaghetti alla Carbonara with homemade pasta
    • Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure
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    29 positive reviews
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    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    The Midwest is famous for their casseroles and freezing winters, but who ever heard of Midwestern wine? You have now that you have been on this tasty tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your central Chicago hotel. Take part in a departure toast, then head out to visit three wineries for your day in wine country. As the day progresses, your guide will explain to you how grapes that have been cultivated for cold climates have a special character that cannot be found in other parts of the world. In between tastings, you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch, paired with wine of course. You'll be dropped off at your accommodations tipsy, tired, and content.
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    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    Central Chicago hotels, Chicago

    • Explore what the Midwest has to offer and surprise yourself with wines that are food friendly and quite different than what you can get in California or France
    • Take a private tour perfect for those who have recently had their interest in wine sparked
    • Enjoy this beginner's wine tasting tour, filled with knowledge, wine tastings, and a delicious lunch
    • Discover the little-known world of midwestern wine and the pleasant surprises within it
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