In Fine Spirits is proud to offer Wine School in five-class sessions several times per year at beginner and intermediate levels. Tickets are $75 for the five-class series; classes will be limited to 12 attendees to facilitate participation and discussion. Ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on wines used in class. 

Tickets are now available for our Wine School Winter Series beginning January 30; see below for details. Call us at the store (773-506-9463) or email Julia (julia@infinespirits.com) to ask any questions! 

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Winter 2017 Wine School Series

Wine 101

How much do I have to spend to get “good” wine? Do I have to slurp? What’s a Counoise? What does it mean when a wine is “structured”? Should I care about wine scores? How do I pair wine with food?


This five-week introductory course is designed for wine lovers interested in sharpening their palate for better tasting, expanding their wine-drinking horizons, and learning how to talk confidently about wine. No previous wine knowledge is needed, but more experienced wine enthusiasts are also welcome to join in and taste some great wine. Students receive 10% off all wines poured in class.

Class Dates: Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

January 31: Basics of Tasting: Wine and Your Senses

We’ll get into the reasons professionals taste wine the way they do, to help you hone your skills and get the most out of your glass of wine. We’ll talk about the difference between “aroma” and “bouquet,” the elements of wine structure, and more.

February 7: What is Terroir?

This French term doesn’t have a direct English translation; it’s often described as “sense of place” or, as wine columnist Matt Kramer likes to say, “somewhereness.” We’ll look at a single grape across the world to see how wine expresses elements of its home, from the climate to the neighboring farms.

February 14: Wines of Spain

Spanish wine is a go-to for wine beginners and connoisseurs alike: it’s often great value, versatile, exciting, and easy to find in stores and bars. Unfortunately, a glut of cheap Spanish wines in the last few decades has flooded the market, making the great examples a bit harder to find. We’ll look at Spain’s most interesting regions and taste wines made from some of its best grapes.

February 21: Before and After: Sparkling and Fortified Wines

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You don’t drink enough sparkling wine. But you probably also don’t drink enough port or sherry. In this class we’ll explore wines that are perfect for the beginning or end of a special evening, from dry sherry aperitifs to real, traditional Lambrusco and even a little Champagne.  This class will be delicious and--I promise--not too sweet.

February 28: Wine and Food 101

Forget everything you know about pairing wine and food if the last piece of advice you heard was “red with beef, white with chicken.” Wine pairing is all about matching and complementing things like acidity, spices, savory versus sweetness, and fat, and there’s a whole world of unexpectedly amazing pairings out there for those brave enough to do some experimentation. We’ll learn the building blocks of pairing wine and food and try some examples.

Class sizes are extremely limited; please purchase a ticket to guarantee your spot. No-shows will not be refunded.

Purchase 101 tickets here.

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Wine 201

How do I sort the good Pinot from the overpriced stuff? I love Nebbiolo and Barbera, but what do I try next?  Is there more to Argentina than cheap Malbec? Should I be drinking more wine from Walla Walla? Now that I've been drinking more wine, can I really tell the difference between a $30 bottle and one that's on the value table?

This five-week intermediate course is designed for wine lovers interested in sharpening their palate for better tasting, expanding their wine-drinking horizons, and learning how to talk confidently about wine. No previous wine knowledge is required, but many students prefer to take our 101 class before starting 201. Students receive 10% off all wines poured in class.

Class Dates: Mondays at 7 p.m.

January 30: Outsmarting Pinot

The “Sideways effect” is a cliche in the wine industry now: Pinot Noir demand has made this finicky, sometimes hard-to-love grape a frequently overpriced and underwhelming gamble. We’ll help you take out the guesswork, discussing underrated Pinot regions, consistently outstanding producers, and tricks for finding quality in a sea of mediocrity.

February 6: Hidden Gems of Italy

Ever since they invented wine, Italians have excelled at it. Somehow, though, much of Italy has retained a value-minded, table-driven wine philosophy that makes the nation an absolute delight for the wine drinker. We’ll look at some regions and grapes that might not yet be on your radar!

February 13: Discover South America

Argentina and Chile made their international name on budget-friendly Malbec, Cab, and Merlot, but the association with cheap wine has caused many drinkers to overlook their higher-quality bottlings. Then there’s Uruguay, an amazing country with an ace-in-the-hole grape (Tannat) that makes killer wine. We’ll discuss the terroir and winemaking styles of these countries while tasting some delicious examples.

February 20: The Pacific Northwest

Whether it’s Oregon Riesling or Washington Merlot, the Pacific Northwest has so much to offer the adventurous wine drinker. We’ll talk about the region’s unique geography, impressive host of successful grape varieties, and pioneer winemakers. If you haven’t tasted a lot of Oregon and Washington wine due to the price tag, now’s your chance.

February 27: Wine Pricing Throwdown

A favorite exercise from our summer blind tasting series returns! We’ll  taste a series of two wines of similar grape or style of vastly different prices--without knowing which is which. This class will help hone your blind tasting skills and include a discussion of what factors go into wine pricing.

Class sizes are extremely limited; please purchase a ticket to guarantee your spot. No-shows will not be refunded.

Purchase 201 tickets here.