You are here: Home > Buy Tickets for Wine Classes


Click here to visit our Events Calendar to see all of our upcoming events.
Wine Classes

Solano Cellars hosts an ongoing series of introductory and intermediate wine classes at our wine bar in Albany, CA.  Each class is structured to introduce you to the key points of the subject matter, illustrate with examples (yes, wine is included), and to solicit feedback and questions from the attendees.  We find this encourages the inquisitive mindset that makes wine appreciation easy and rewarding. 

Regular Class Offerings

Wine 101:  A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing.  In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine.    This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall.  Seating is limited to 20 people.  The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.

Wine and Food 101:  A multi-part class that illuminates the inner-workings of the wine and food relationship.  Instructed by Chef Kirstin and her supporting players, the class explains the thought process behind wine and food pairing, rules of thumb, opportunities for experimentation, and how to fix a wine and food pairing gone awry.  With food and wine examples.  This class is offered on an intermittent basis.

Wine and Cheese:  What could be easier?  With years of experience observing the interaction between wine and cheese, Chef Kirstin has some surprising insights.  With examples of commonly-found (and more esoteric) cheese, Kirstin demonstrates the world's best pairings and world's biggest trainwrecks.  Along the way, an impassioned case for artisanal cheese is made.  With several examples of cheese and the wines that love them.  Offered twice a year.


Sort By:
Page of 1
Tuesday, June 21st - 6-7:30pm - Austria and Germany Wine Class
Our Price: $45.00

The Solano Cellars buyers recently visited the great vineyards of Germany and Austria and returned with a heart full of love for these brilliant wines.

Join Julie and Jason on Tuesday, June 21st for a tour of their first-hand discoveries found on their recent voyages.

The class promises to not only clarify the sometimes confusing German and Austrian labels, but will also provide a helpful guide towards using and loving these wines.


Learn all about:

Austria's Iconic Gruner Veltliners
Single-Vineyard Dry Rieslings and Austrian Terroir
Germany's Surge Towards Dryness
The Famed but Rare German Dessert Wines
The Most Recent Vintages
How to Pronounce Heiligenstein

...And More!



TUESDAY
June 21st
SOLANO CELLARS
6:00PM - 7:30PM

$45/person

call 510.525.9463 to reserve seats!
Wine 101 : 3-class Series - Feb 3, 10 and 17 at Solano Cellars, 6:30-8pm
Our Price: $150.00

Introduction to Wine Appreciation

A 3-night class conducted over three weeks that outlines the fundamentals of wine appreciation, major wine styles from around the world, and the basics of wine and food pairing.

In addition, the class covers subjects like identifying aromas and tastes, navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering information on a label, and how to spot a "corked" wine.

This class is offered 3 times a year, in Winter, Spring and Fall. Seating is limited to 20 people. The class is taught with flair by senior members of the Solano Cellars staff.

Class 1: Fundamentals
February 3 at 6:30pm

Basics of Wine Appreciation and Finding Your Personal Preferences


Class 2: Old World
February 10 at 6:30pm

An Examination of European wines from France, Italy and Spain and a Comparison to their New World Counterparts


Class 3: The Push
February 17 at 6:30pm

This Class Makes an Effort to Push your Taste & Knowledge to the Next Level