"Best Wine Classes in SF Bay Area"
San Francisco Chronicle SFGate Baylist Award (3-Time Winner)
About Wine Education Classes at Savvy Cellar:
Fun, informative, interactive with lots of tasting!
Taught by Sommeliers and Certified Wine Educators.
The "Fine Print":
Classes are held at 750 W Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041
Must be 21 to attend classes.
Registration fees are non-refundable. Fees may be applied to a future class if cancelation is made one week prior to the purchased class date.
Pre-registration required for all classes - bring confirmation to class.
Do not wear perfume, cologne or other fragrances.
Build Your Own Custom Wine Class:
(10 person minimum*)
Do you have a groups of friends, neighbors, colleagues or family that have always wanted to learn more about wine? Whether you want to focus on a particular region, or have a private class about "how to taste" wine, we can arrange for a private and customized glass for you and your favorite people. Please contact us at to make arrangements.
*Please note that the cost per person, and available dates and times may be impacted by
the theme of the class, and the total number in your group.
"Fundamentals of Wine Tasting"
Saturday (Dates to be determined!) 1:30-2:30pm
$39 per person
Are you new to wine tasting? Are you looking for a better understanding of what you like (or don't like) in a wine? This fun, straightforward class, will show you how you to taste, analyze, and describe the wines you encounter. A tasting flight is included with easy, step by step directions that will help you get the most out of all your wine tasting experiences. Taught by Owner and Sommelier, Holly Orchard.
(All attendees must be 21 years and older)
******************************************************************************************Past Classes have Included:
Advanced Food & Wine Pairing
This class builds on Intro to Food & Wine Pairing class. Class includes a basic review then advanced rules, tricky pairings, ethnic foods and more adventurous and unusual wine varietals. Course begins at 6pm and will move to a nearby restaurant for a gourmet meal and pairing dinner.
Bubbles for Beginners: Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Puff Daddy . . . . Throughout history the brilliant, charismatic, heroic and scandalous have shared a passion: Champagne! A primer on the history and wines of Champagne; the laborious technique behind the world’s finest tiny bubbles; and styles of sparkling wines from around the world.
How to Order Wine in a Restaurant Class
Confused by restaurant wine lists? Intimidated by wine language, wine terminology and wine regions? Want to try a new wine but don't want to waste your money? You can begin to judge a wine by how it's listed on a wine menu. Learn the clues of how order wine in a restaurant in this wine class.
Intro Organic & Biodynamic Wine
An introductory wine class to the concepts involved in organic and sustainably produced wines: organic grapes, sustainable farming, biodynamic, organic wines. Many wines available today meet some organic qualification but are not marketed this way. Can organic wines taste as good as the best wines out there?
Intro to Spanish Wines
Come experience the beautiful and diverse wines of Spain. In a night packed with education, tasting and fun! We'll take a tour of the Spain's unique wine regions, taste the superstar grapes alongside the ones you've never heard of, and learn about the wine renaissance happening right now in this "Old World" country. We'll taste sparkling, white, red and dessert wines and you'll leave ready to book your next vino-cation! VAMOS!
Italian Wine Appreciation
Italian wines and Italian wine culture are a glorious gift. But with over 2000 indigenous varieties (native grapes) and 20 Italian wine regions, learning enough about Italian wines to appreciate them can be overwhelming. This Italian wine appreciation class will explore from Pinot Grigio to Trebbiano and Sangiovese to Nebbiolo.
Pinot Noir: A Wine of Passion
We'll share our passion for pinot noir in this upbeat and tasting-centered wine class. Learn about pinot noir's regional styles around the world, its wine making challenges, pinot noir food pairings made in heaven and how to decipher a pinot noir label. We'll taste pinot noir examples from Burgundy, New Zealand, California and Oregon.
Port & Chocolate
Experience the amazing interplay of some of the world’s most luxurious taste sensations: chocolate and port. Learn how chocolate is made, from bean to bar and how different flavors appear in chocolate. Learn also how the best dessert wines, Ports, Sherries and Madeira, are made. Best of all, sample chocolate and port pairings.
Science of Healthy Wine Drinking
Does a glass a day really keep the doctor away? Come find out! We'll cover topics related to moderate wine drinking producing positive health benefits. Cardiovascular heath, cancer prevention, Alzheimer, boosting immune function, gastro-intestinal issues and more. Give yourself another reason to imbibe with peace of mind!
Wine & Cheese Pairing
Wine & cheese pairing class provides an in-depth explanation of cheese. Taste several wines with an assortment of artisan cheeses. Learn the history and traditions behind cheese production methods, regional cheese specialties, and the science behind pairing styles of wines to specific cheeses. Author and cheese expert, Laura Martinez.
Wine Appreciation: From Vineyard to Glass (2-night series)
Taught by a Pichetti Head Winemaker, Aimee Baker, this wine class provides an overview of wine making, starting with the grapes in the vineyard through the winemaker’s finishing touches. Learn from a winemaker about the 30 potential choices/decisions they make before bottling.
Wine Tasting for the Wine Challenged Class
Our most popular wine tasting 101 class. Wine tasting is easy and you don’t have to be a scientist to figure out how to wine taste and find what wine you like! Learn the basics in evaluating wines in this introductory wine class. Take on “wine snobs” with a great introduction to the world of wine tasting.
Wines of California Class
Learn all about California wines such as the best-known and up-and-coming California wine regions, why wine grapes grow so well in California, the history of the California wine industry, how to read and understand a California wine label, great places to go wine-tasting and more.
Wines of France Class
From Bordeaux to Burgundy to Champagne, French wines are world-renowned for their quality. What makes French wine so special? What is "terroir", and does the place a wine is made really matter? How do you read a French wine label and how can you tell what kind of wine is in the bottle? Unravel the mysteries of French wine with us at Savvy Cellar.
Why You Taste . . . What You Taste!
Why does my wine taste like apricots, grapefruit, almonds . . . and chalk!? Gain insight into how the distinct aromas, flavors, and textures develop in wine. Demystify how they get all those flavors and scents from one little grape!