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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. 

Spring 2023 Classes

All classes are face-to-face and held on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the 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.

  • A glass of Amaro

    Jan. 17, 2023

    Here is a new category for us! Amaro is an Italian digestif and one of Craig Locascio’s favorites! Join us as he shares some of the delicious variations to this very popular Italian after dinner drink. As always, Chef Walter will create something fabulous from his kitchen. $50.00 per person

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  • A glass of bourbon

    Bourbons Not From Kentucky
    Feb. 7, 2023

    Even though most bourbon comes from Kentucky, legally it can be made anywhere in the US. This growing category of spirits has expanded widely, and some very interesting iterations have evolved. Join Charlie Partlow as he shares the latest on Bourbon! Chef Walter will create some great culinary compliments for us to enjoy. $50.00 per person

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  • Glasses of beer sitting at a bar

    Beer 101
    Feb. 21, 2023

    Learn the basics of beer, brewing and history of our oldest of beverage. Scott Taylor will help you discover the best of beer. And, Chef Walter will have fun complimenting beer with some of his creative culinary inspiration! $50.00 per person

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  • Hand pouring sake in a cup

    March 14, 2023

    In recent years, Sake has become very popular. This traditional Japanese rice wine comes in many variations with a wide assortment of textures and flavors. Craig Locascio has some wonderful Sakes for us to try, and Chef Walter will help us learn how Sake and food compliment each other very well. $50.00 per person

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  • Bottles of wine

    Bargain Wines
    April 4, 2023

    Who doesn’t want a bargain? Don’t worry, they are still delicious! The wines we will be tasting come from many different regions around the world. Craig Locascio is excited to share new and interesting and often lesser known wines with us. Chef Walter will create some delicious nibbles for us to enjoy as well. $50.00 per person

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