Wine Tasting Classes Washington, D.C.

Discover the world of wine with interactive and educational wine tasting classes in Washington, D.C.. Learn about different wine varietals, how to properly taste and evaluate wines, and gain confidence in your wine knowledge while enjoying a fun and social experience.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, but 15 classes live online are available.

Tasting, Chemistry & Flaws

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Are you skilled in the sensory evaluation of wine? The practice of wine tasting requires a formalized methodology that includes understanding perceived wine flavors, aromas, and characteristics of wine. Sommeliers understand and can explain the structure, style, balance and quality of wine, as well identify winemaking flaws. This workshop is a must for those seeking to improve or master their wine tasting skills and knowledge.  Includes guided...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 2–5pm Pacific Time

Chardonnays of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Cab is often proclaimed as King, but Chard is everywhere... Chardonnay is Pinot’s Burgundian cousin, California’s most widely grown grape and is grown all over the world. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Taste it with and without oak, from cool and warm climates. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 6 wines. Despite the differences you will...

Thursday Oct 19th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Zinfandels of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Zinfandel is a California classic and accounts for almost 10% of California grape vine acreage. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Compare it to its genetic relatives from Italy, Croatia & perhaps beyond. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Zin lovers...

Thursday Oct 12th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Sauvignon Blancs of The World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world and ranges from easy poolside sipping to intensely herbaceous to lean and minerally to succulently sweet. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Sauvignon Blanc lovers and those seeking...

Thursday Nov 9th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Cabernet Sauvignons of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

"God made Cabernet Sauvignon" - André Tchelistcheff  Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest of the Bordeaux family of grapes are grown all over the world. Learn Cabernet’s origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads.  This class is a must for Cabernet lovers...

Thursday Nov 16th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

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Sweet and Fortified Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Nectar of the Gods Sweet white wine used to greatly outnumber dry reds among the revered wines of the world. Return to sweetness, learning about the classic dessert wines of the world, other homes, various production methods, and styles. Discover through a guided tasting how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Dessert...

Saturday Dec 23rd, 11am–1pm Pacific Time

Rieslings of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Who says Riesling is sweet? Riesling thrives in cool climates and ages for decades but many only know the sweet and simple styles. It is made in many places from still to sparkling, bone-dry to dessert sweet. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting of 6 wines. Despite the differences, you will find common threads....

Thursday Oct 26th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Wines of Northern France

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

France is one of the world's major wine-producing nations. In fact, their national Appellation d'Origine Controlee system is the basis for most wine labeling laws around the world and many of their grapes are grown throughout the world.  In this course, you will learn the cool climates, grapes and wine styles of northern France. We'll explore Champagne, Alsace, Loire and Burgundy. This workshop is part of the Certified Specialist of Wine...

Sunday Nov 5th, 2–5pm Pacific Time

Syrahs (Shiraz) of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Travel the world of Syrah... Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned wine grape variety that can taste dramatically different depending on where it's grown.  In this workshop, we'll explore the power, elegance and versatility of Syrah/Shiraz and its potential to challenge Cab & Pinot as king of CA reds. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how Syrah varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various...

Thursday Nov 2nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Tuscan (aka Toscana) Wines

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Discover the major wine denominations of Central Italy’s Toscana region or as many say in English, Tuscany. Explore the famous appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and much more. Learn where they're located, what grape varieties they're made from, their styles and importance, and an introduction to foods and culture of the regions.  This workshop is the first of 6...

Monday Oct 30th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wines of Idaho and British Columbia

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

If it were an American state, British Columbia would be our fifth largest producer of wine, just behind Oregon. It’s growing regions range from the verdant Vancouver Island to the gorgeous, lake-strung Okanagan Valley. It offers convincing wines from international varieties, such as Cabernet Franc and Gewurtztraminer, but also delightful wines from little-known hybrid grapes.  Learn all about BC—and Idaho which has a surprising number...

Monday Nov 20th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Rosé Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Real men drink pink, and so do real women. Rosé, or Blush, wine consumption has been increasing rapidly in recent years. From simple and fruity to complex, ageworthy, food wines, $5-$500 a bottle and everywhere in between. In this eye opening workshop, we'll learn about the original wines of the elite and how they're coming back strong. Any red grape can be used to make rosé and there are classic examples from hot to cool climates all over the...

Saturday Dec 16th, 11am–1pm Pacific Time

Temperate Climate Wines of the World

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Learn all about wines from temperate zones and regions around the world. Flying at 10,000 feet, we will look at global climate patterns and their impact on wine as we tour the world by glass. We leave the extreme climates of cold and hot and strike out in the middle with both white and red wines as we journey through the highlights of Central France, Central Italy, Northern Spain and California.  Our guided tasting of 6-8 wines will focus...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

Wines of Southern France

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Continue enhancing your French wine knowledge. Journey with us in the classroom as we leave last week's cool climate wines of the north for this week's warm climate wines of the south. Study and taste the French wines that are often imitated but never duplicated. In this course, you will learn the warm climates, grapes and wine styles of southern France. We'll explore wines from Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Rhone Valley and the highlights of the south...

Sunday Nov 12th, 2–5pm Pacific Time

Wines of Spain, Portugal & Greece

San Francisco Wine School @ Online

Sunshine, warm breezes, olive oil, wine and the Mediterranean Sea tie Portugal, Spain, Greece and several other countries together. Learn the similarities and differences of some of the oldest wine regions of the world and some of the trendsetting new wines, as well.  We'll explore Cava, Rioja, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, Jerez, Vinho Verde, Douro, Porto, Madeira and more.  This workshop is part of the Certified Specialist...

Sunday Oct 8th, 2–5pm Pacific Time

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Discover the Best Wine Tasting Classes in Washington, D.C.

Wine tasting is a popular activity among wine enthusiasts. During wine tastings, the quality of the wine is assessed by noting its appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste. The taste of wine has been noted in writings by Aristotle, Plato, and other Greek philosophers. Unlike wine tastings of the past, however, wine tasting today may be more formalized and done in a wine tasting class. 

Wine tasting classes can be taken with no prior wine tasting experience. Although there are more advanced-level classes offered by wineries and schools, you can find beginner-level classes in your area. These classes will teach you about the history of wine in your area, the regions that the wines you’re tasting are from, and the flavor notes in the wines. 

Why You Should Learn Wine Tasting in

If you haven’t tasted wine before or if you tend to stick to the same types of wine, you should take a wine tasting class. Wine tasting classes expose you to new grape varieties and vintages, which can expand your palate. After trying several wines at a wine tasting class, you’ll become more familiar with flavor notes and profiles. This can aid you when buying or ordering wine in the future. Additionally, many wine classes will inform you of food pairings that go well with the types of wines you’re tasting. 

Attending a wine tasting class in the area can introduce you to other wine aficionados and amateurs. Wine tastings are social events. You can spend the time trying new wines and discussing them with other participants. Wine tastings also make fun group outings and date nights. 

In-Person Wine Tasting Classes in

In-person wine tasting classes are offered at schools, wineries, and restaurants. You can find wine tasting classes offered in your area through CourseHorse. 

When taking a wine tasting class, you’ll be guided by a wine expert or sommelier. They’ll serve you a variety of wines and inform you of their history. Many wine tasting classes also include crudités or other snacks that pair well with the wines being tasted. At the end of your class, you may also be able to purchase one or more of the wines tasted during the session. 

You can find new and returning wine tasting classes in the DC area on CourseHorse. Each class page details the content of the class, including the wines being tasted. You’ll also be able to find out what other classes are offered by the same school, winery, or restaurant on CourseHorse. 

Previous wine tasting classes offered by locations in the DC area have focused on wines produced in Argentina, Eastern Europe, and other regions. Taking a region or history-focused wine tasting class can help you determine the wine grape varieties that suit your tastes. 

Virtual Wine Tasting Classes 

In-person wine tasting classes are a great opportunity to relax and socialize with other wine enthusiasts in your community. All wines being tasted during your class will also be provided to you, which makes in-person classes an affordable way to taste a variety of wines. 

If you can’t attend an in-person wine tasting class, virtual wine tasting classes are a great alternative. These classes are taught remotely by expert instructors synchronously. Because they’re taught using an online video platform, you can take a class from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection. 

Virtual wine tasting classes require you to procure the wines yourself. Most class instructors will direct you to an online or in-person wine retailer to purchase a wine tasting kit. Information about the materials you’ll need to procure before your class can be found on the class page. 

The San Francisco Wine School offers a wide variety of virtual wine tasting classes. For a basic introduction to wine tasting, sign up for their class, Wine 101. This class samples six different wines with a focus on the structure of the wine, various styles, and main grape varieties. By the end of this class, you’ll have a good understanding of the wine tasting process. 

If you’re interested in learning about popular wine producing regions, the San Francisco Wine School has you covered. You can learn about US-produced wines by taking Intro to California Wines and Wines of Santa Barbara & Beyond. If you’d prefer to branch out to Italian wines, look into their class on Tuscan wines or their introductory class to Italian wines

The San Francisco Wine School also provides online classes for those in food service. They offer a class on wine service techniques and a class on how to design and develop a wine program.

Private Group Wine Tasting Classes in

Are you interested in booking a private wine tasting class? CourseHorse offers private group wine tasting classes that can serve as a fun activity among friends or as a socializing event for businesses and organizations. These classes are fully remote and can be taken using Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, or WebEx. 

CourseHorse offers several wine tasting workshops that may be right for your group. Groups of up to 500 can take their three-bottle wine tasting workshop or their four-bottle wine-tasting workshop. In these classes, your group will taste wines from around the globe, including a Spanish Rosé and a Californian Pinot Noir. Your instructor will guide you through the basics of wine tasting, such as wine grape varieties, region and history, and everyday wine appreciation tips. 

You can book a virtual wine and cheese workshop through CourseHorse. Your group will be sent two bottles of wine and two types of cheese to taste during the workshop. In this class, you’ll learn about pairing and serving wine and cheese. 

CourseHorse has a contact form on their website that can be used to inquire about other wine tasting classes they can offer you. You can find out about the number of participants they can accommodate as well as the types of wines that will be tasted in your class. 

CourseHorse classes accommodate small to large groups. If you’re unsure of your group’s size, you can provide them with the minimum group size when booking and update the number at a later date. Please note that a final headcount is needed at least two weeks before your class to ensure that their fulfillment team can send wine bottles and other materials to each participant before the class. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees, however, there is a $150 rescheduling fee if you request to reschedule less than 48 hours before your class. Free cancellations are also available up to two weeks before the class is scheduled.