An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with todays Groupon to Wine Shoe. Choose between the following options:
Within Wine Shoe's tastefully appointed tasting room, pairs of oenophiles gather around a 12-foot wooden banquet table to swirl small producers wines and absorb the viticultural knowledge of the store's wine experts and proprietors. Each of the differently themed classes, taught mostly on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons, begins with an instructor sliding a bottle from the room's floor-to-ceiling wine racks, uncorking it as smoothly as a tiny boxing robot beheads his blue rival, and then pouring flights of rich reds and clean whites from their unstoppered necks. In the Italian wines class, tongues swim through sparkling prosecco, a classic white varietal, and three powerful reds, whereas Wine 101 courses teach neophyte palates to detect and describe acidity and observe the differences between fruity and earthy wines. Classes are limited to 25 students, creating the informative yet jovial ambiance of a parent-teacher conference held in a crowded operating theater.
As backs rest against handsome high-backed chairs, students' eyes can take in the store's gleaming chandelier, as well as towering maple doors and furnishings built from recycled materials. Pre- or post-class, wine enthusiasts can peruse the roughly 150 varieties of wine (most cost less than $20) nesting in the store's racks where they lay their grapes every spring,
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