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We Recommend These NYC Wine and Cheese Classes

We Recommend These NYC Wine and Cheese Classes

Hmm. What type of wine goes with Bleu cheese or Stilton or even Gruyère? What perfectly pairs with an aged Chardonnay or a ripe Cabernet blanc? Set to impress with an extensive knowledge of wine, cheese, and, even better, French vocabulary--kinda. Whether you’re heading on a first date, looking to taste the best wines in the city, learn what wines titillate your taste buds, or even learn how to read a wine menu, New York offers an array of every class imaginable. Now, we’ve gone through numerous classes, and here are a few of the absolute best!

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    I’m going to be honest right now. Before this class, my knowledge of wine and cheese was limited to boxed Franzia and Kraft singles, respectively. Needless to say, Cheese and Wine 101 opened my eyes to an untapped culinary world. In this class, we covered basic wine and cheese pairing guidelines. For someone who previously understood wine pairings as “Red meat, red wine. Wait, only buy red wine.” I found this to be enlightening. Who knew a Chardonnay could satisfy my Merlot drenched lips? While discussing these pairing guidelines with a trusted Sommelier, we tasted a collection of French, Italian, American wines paired with delicious cheeses like Stilton and Gruyère. The environment was perfectly relaxed and sociable. Seriously, with a little buzz, I felt quite comfy. Maybe too comfy. This class is a definite must for anyone just entering the wine and cheese game or for someone, like myself, who panics at the sight of a wine list and holds no cheesy insight other than puns. If I were to return, I’d probably consider bringing a date because it definitely ups the romance factor.

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    Wine & Cheese -- vendor is out of business (CS 12/2/15)
    Wine & Cheese -- vendor is out of business (CS 12/2/15)

    Vino-Versity

    Generally, when someone mentions wine, you’re not thinking about upstate New York. Usually, images of French castles and rolling mountains in Napa pierce through the mind, not Buffalo, snow, and a pencil factory. To help us discover a bit more of the Empire State, we embarked on a roadtrip across the state without ever leaving NYC. In this class, we, first, discussed the unique regions, climates, and wine producers in New York--from snowy terraces in Syracuse to the more mountainous regions near Appalachia. From there, we began the taste-test, indulging in every imaginable style from sparkling to white and red to rose and some sweet wines that were surprisingly refreshing. But that’s not even the best part. Along with each wine, we tried a tasty chunk of locally-produced cheese. This can’t be recommended any more. One of the other students remarked that he hadn’t tasted cheese this good since he was in France. I’m going to assume this stuff’s in good company. At the end of the class, we came out with a decent understanding of NY State’s styles of wine and cheese along with basic pairing knowledge that’s essential for everyone. Seriously, I’ve used this knowledge already.

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    Harmony of Wine and Cheese: French Wine
    Harmony of Wine and Cheese: French Wine

    Murray's Cheese

    I’ve always loved to drink wine but I never managed to attend a wine tasting. I’ll admit, I was worried that I didn’t know enough about the subject and that I’d be surrounded by know-it-all wine-snobs. After attending the Wine & Cheese event at Vino-Versity, I felt so silly for letting my presumptions keep me away for so long! Shari Schneider, the “dean” of Vino-Versity, keeps a lovely store that resonates with welcoming vibes. Shari’s main goal was to get us to taste and understand the different wine regions and have fun! We also got to try an array of fine, international cheeses paired with white, red, and sparkling wines. Shari ensured that we tasted the best of the best combinations and let us in on many secrets to host fabulous wine and cheese parties! I felt right at home at Vino-Versity and didn’t want to leave. I’ll definitely be back and next time I’m bringing my girlfriends for an unforgettable G.N.O.!

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