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Weekly Live Virtual Wine Class Series; Thursdays at 7pm EST

June 25: SAMsARA Wine Co Masterclass with Winemaker Matt Brady

June themed virtual class dates: June 4, 11, 18

Wine Classes

Virtual Wine Classes

I am excited to bring my years of Seasonal Wine Education Class series’ to you… virtually. With the growing importance and need for online and virtual education, I look forward to providing you with wine education in the comfort of your home.

For the wine enthusiast looking to enhance their enjoyment and knowledge in a more concise program, this concept is for you! Every month, I will offer a new themed live virtual wine class every week on Thursday at 7pm. Learn and enjoy each theme and tasting in an interactive environment. My virtual tastings will be viewed on Zoom. The themes will focus on a trend, a specific region, grape varietal or style of wines.

Useful reference notes and maps will be provided for you to follow along in these one-hour sessions designed to take your wine appreciation and knowledge to a new level. For each class, you will receive a list of varietals, regions and price points to focus your wine selections on.


Monthly Virtual Wine Class Schedule

The Educated Grape Cluster Membership

Take your Personal Wine Journey to a New Level with a Membership. My next Membership Launch will be from July 23-30.

Click here to access the PDF of the presentation.

Cost for Masterclass: $35 – Register Now

June Classes

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00-8:15pm EST via Zoom link

Experience Chile & Argentina’s New Identity

Chile and Argentina have long been known for great values at competitive price points. Over the last 5 years, each country has evolved by producing wines from new and exciting growing regions highlighting different grape varietals and blends from up and coming winemakers. Argentina has exploded with expressive, terroir driven wines and has moved beyond the simple, fruit forward wines from the popular Malbec grape. Chile has discovered more growing regions and varietals discovering some cool climate regions that enhance its amazingly consistent growing conditions. This class will reintroduce you to South America’s two wine crown jewels.

Click here for wine selections, food pairings and recipes for the June 4 virtual class

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Thursday, June 11 at 7:00-8:15pm EST via Zoom link

Jewels of the Mediterranean: Sicily and Greece

While each country shares the same passion and approach to wine as a natural partner to food, the selection and style of both white and red wines are uniquely different. Indigenous varietals are what each country is known for, the expression of terroir is unmistakable. Sicily has exploded on the wine scene in the last 5 -10 years elevating wine quality and bringing us beautiful whites from the Grecchetto and Grillo grape and sensuous reds from Nero d’Avola and Nerello Muscalese. Same for Greece; the vibrant, and intense whites from Assyrtiko and Moscofilero are so refreshing and the reds from Xinomavaro and Agiorgitiko and a must for the wine lover who loved rich reds. In addition, these wines are great for Summer grilling, both fish and meats.

Click here for wine selections, food pairings and recipes for the June 11 virtual class

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Thursday, June 18 at 7:00-8:15pm EST via Zoom link

Super, Summer Wines that Will Surprise!

One of my favorite classes of the year! It is here where the most ah-ha moments take place. In this class, we will feature white and red wines that are ideal for warm weather enjoyment and lighter, brighter food preparations. It is in this class that I highlight some amazing wines that are not in the mainstream but may soon be on your short list of Summer wines to buy. For whites, crisp, clean, aromatic wines with intensity and acidity are front and center. Kerner, Pinot Bianco, Arneis for whites; Gamay, Sagrantino and Grenache for reds. These wines will also fill in your grilling wine list for the season. Fun, fun!

Cost for class– $25 – Register Now

Monthly Masterclass

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00-8:15pm EST via Zoom link

SAMsARA Winery Masterclass with Winemakers with Matt Brady and Lily Hays

Santa Barbara County is home to world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The quality of producers and, in turn, the wines have grown significantly over the last 7-10 years as they are now capturing the share of mind of wine lovers around the globe. Dave and Joan Szkutak purchased SAMsARA 3 years ago and have dedicated their energy and resources to producing world class wines from the top cool climate vineyards in the region. SAMsARA wines are crafted for complexity and elegance while still retaining power. In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they make wonderful Grenache and Syrah. I am a big fan of these wines and am excited to share their wines and story with you. Winemaker Matt Brady will lead the Masterclass along with SAMsARA Education Director Lily Hays as I moderate.

Click here for wine selections for the June 25 virtual Masterclass

Cost for Masterclass: $35 – Register Now

Seasonal Wine Classes in Restaurants

The Educated Grape offers seasonal wine classes in different venues around New Jersey. These classes focus on either prominent wine producing regions, grape varietals or wine-style trends happening in the world of wine.

Join George Staikos of The Educated Grape this Spring for 3 new wine classes designed to enlighten and inspire both the novice and enthusiast. One of the classes, the “Cellar Session”, will be a limited seating class featuring reserve level wines and heightened wine education. You will learn and enjoy in an interactive environment. Each 2-hour wine tasting class will feature 7 memorable wines with 3 dishes and cheese expertly prepared to pair with the wines.

Handouts are distributed to each attendee that offer facts and insights on the class theme which are great reference tools for your continued wine appreciation. Gain confidence and knowledge and take your appreciation of wine to a new level.

Seasonal Wine Class Schedule

To be held at:
55 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
T (908)-284-1551

When restaurants are able to reopen, I will be holding my Seasonal Wine Class Series at 55 Main in Flemington, NJ. They will take place on a Tuesday from 7-9pm.


Cost for class 1 or 3: $85 per person
Cost for classes 1 and 3: $160 per person
Cost for Cellar Session class: $95 per person


The Educated Grape 203 Main Street, #259 Flemington, NJ 08822 973.699.2199