Kat truly teaches principals of wine that can applied in real life. I heard several people say, it’s refreshing to have such an incredibly knowledgeable teacher.

– Megan McCarren

Wine Education Philosophies

 

Remember your favorite class? The one where you were actually excited by what youwere learning? Re-live that time minus the small desks and #2 pencils. House of Wine offers wine education classes perfect for professionals and enthusiasts alike. What makes us our classes great? Read on to learn more about our wine education philosophies.

Here are some of our guiding tenants:

1. We’re science geeks at heart.

We believe in delivering classes that discuss the latest research, conduct hands-on learning experiments, and even include chemistry. But don’t worry, we’ll show you that wine chemistry is really fun, albeit sometimes messy.

2. We’re teachers at heart.

Sound familiar? This means we believe in utlilzing various teaching methodologies so we don’t just teach to you but WITH you. It’s not just Powerpoint plus wine. We promise!

3. We believe in the basics.

Just like any skill (tennis, chess, underwater basket-weaving), wine knowledge comes from practice, so you have to hammer the basics to keep getting better. Think of it as line drills for your palate.

4. We’d like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to your palate with much more than a handshake.

All the scores and medals in the world can’t tell you what you’ll like. Don’t get us wrong, wine competitions have their place and marketing materials can help us to buy more effectively and efficiently. But when it comes down to it, you’re the best you’ve got. So get trained and get on with it. What’s your best weapon when it comes to wine snobs? Your palate.  There, we said it.

5. Real wine people aren’t snobby.

We’re anything but. We’re blue-collar people with a white collar hobby. So yes, we can drive forklifts and tractors but also don a black dress and heels when needed. Plus, we’re great beer drinkers too.

6. We aren’t directly affiliated with any wineries, distributors, or wine shops.

While our laboratory is located at the 44th Street wineries and we love those guys, we are our own business. This means we don’t push brands or specific wines and don’t receive incentives to sell certain wines. We just look for the best wines for our students and our curricula.

7. We’re wine production professionals.

You can learn more about us here. We’ve grown grapes, made wine, sold wine and of course, taught about wine. We love passing that knowledge onto our students.  We’re not ones to toot our own horns but we know our stuff.

8. We believe in QPV. Quality per Value.

While lots of factors can make a wine great, we don’t taste or drink wine in a vacuum. We always look for wines that give you the highest hedonistic return on your dollar. We want to help you find wines that deliver far past their monetary value. With hundreds of thousands of different wines available worldwide, the opportunity to find wonderful wines is practically limitless.  Let’s go exploring!

9. The day we stop learning about wine is the day we shut our doors.

In an ever-evolving wine world, staying current is key.  We are committed to continuing our  own wine education as you can learn here.  Hey, wine’s fun so we actually LOVE learning even more.

10. Wine should be enjoyed AND appreciated. 

Wine isn’t boring and definitely shouldn’t be intimidating.  We do our best to create at atmosphere that makes learning fun.  Come join us, meet some new friends and have a great time.