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Wine and Beverage Classes

Discover how to complement the flavors of your favorite foods while learning about the art and science behind producing these palate-pleasing beverages! Our classes are offered through the Wine and Beverage Institute during fall and spring semesters. 

2024-25 Classes

All classes are face-to-face and held on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in McCutchen House. Visit our Wine and Beverage Institute homepage to learn more about our commitment to expanding and sharing knowledge of the wine and beverage industry.

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    Aromatic White Wines

    Sept. 3, 2024

    White wines are defined by their floral aromas caused by a special compound found naturally in grapes. As Madeline Pucket of Wine Folly says, "If you stop to smell the roses, you'll love the aromatic white wines." Craig Locascio of BreakThru Beverage agrees and he will be here to walk you through these amazing wines. Chef Walter has some great food pairings to highlight the aromatics in these wines.

    Cost: $59

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    Classic Cocktails

    Sept. 24, 2024

    Join Craig Locascio from BreakThru Beverage for an exploration of the classics. Remember, there is a reason they are called classic cocktails! Chef Walter will have some classic food pairings to go with our classic cocktails.

    Cost: $59

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  • Three whiskey bottles

    Whiskey from Around the World

    Oct. 8, 2024

    Our own Charlie Partlow is bringing us whiskies from near and far. And of course, Chef Walter will have foods to highlight the nuances of these lovely whiskies.

    Cost: $59

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    Wine Blending

    Nov. 12, 2024

    Have you ever wondered how wineries decide what will go in the blend? Let’s try it out for ourselves! Craig Locascio will walk us through the basics and let us experiment with a blend of our own! Chef Walter will definitely be challenged on this one, but as always, he will find some awesome pairings.

    Cost: $59

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  • Two wine glasses and a bottle with appetizers

    Chef's Choice

    Dec. 3, 2024

    We have decided to mix it up this time. Chef Walter will decide the menu first, and Craig will pair it with the wines!

    Cost: $65

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