Classes & Events

Upcoming Classes & Events:

1.21 Dazzling Sparklers: An Exploration of Sparkling Wine

1.24 & 1.25 Sips & Suppers

1.29 $15 vs. $50: Can You Tell the Difference?

2.3 Survey of French Wine

2.13 Ugly Ducklings: Outliers of the Wine World

2.14 A Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting

2.14 The Perfect Dessert for Your Valentine

 

DCanter’s wine and beer classes are designed to help those who are new and long time connoisseurs gain a greater appreciation for these craft beverages. Unless otherwise noted, classes include background information on the thematic topic, tastes of wines or beers, and open discussion with expert professionals. Seated classes are capped at 16 participants, so you’re sure to get up close and personal attention during the tastings.

 

DCanter’s Cancellation and Late Attendance Policy


Wine Class:  Dazzling Sparklers: An Exploration of Sparkling Wine

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 PM

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It’s not New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pop open the bubbly! “Dazzling Sparklers” is DCanter’s most popular class, during which you will taste delicious sparkling wines, and get answers to questions like: Where do the bubbles come from? How are sparkling wines classified? How is sparkling wine made? What is the difference between Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco?

Learn what flavor each type of sparkling wine provides and what you can generally expect from each of them.  After this class, you’ll be able to confidently pick your sparkling favorite just by reading the label or wine list!

  • Six sparkling wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$35.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

This event is SOLD OUT. Please email us to get on the waiting list.

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Event:  Sips and Suppers

Sips is on Saturday, January 24, 2015 (7:30 PM)

Suppers is on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (6:00 PM)

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DCanter is thrilled to support and be a part of Sips & Suppers this 2015.  Sips & Suppers is a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. Now in its seventh year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges.

The weekend supports the wonderful work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital.

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Sips celebrates the contribution young people make to feeding and supporting their community. This lively cocktail reception features top artisan chefs and mixologists preparing their signature dishes and drinks. Held at the dramatic space, the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, DC, and featuring a live jazz band, it is a fun and educational evening.

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On Sunday, January 25, 2015Suppers features some of the country’s finest chefs preparing meals in private homes throughout the city. This year, we expect that Suppers will be served at more than 30 homes in the metro area to more than 500 guests. Renowned chefs from the DC region, from across the country, and, indeed, across the world, donate their time and skills to participate in these extraordinary evenings featuring great food and wine, and stimulating conversation.

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Wine Class:  $15 vs. $50: Can You Tell the Difference?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 PM

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Does expensive wine really taste better than inexpensive wine? There’s only one way to find out — put them to the test! Or should we say, put them to the taste?

During this class you will blind taste six wines, three that are appropriate for a special occasion and three great “weeknight” wines. We’ll discuss how to evaluate the wines, why one costs so much more than the other, and how to uncover some great bargains. This will be a highly interactive class, so come prepared to discuss, choose a favorite, and — of course — find something delicious!

  • Six wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$35.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

This event is SOLD OUT. Please email us to get on the waiting list.

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Wine Class:  Survey of French Wine

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Clos Blanc De Vougeot Castle, Burgundy, France

One cannot know France without knowing wine, and one cannot know wine without knowing France. During this class and tasting, you will learn about the classic regions and styles of French winemaking, some of its fascinating history, and why wine lovers around the world consider France to be the benchmark to which all other wines are compared.

  • Six French wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$35.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

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Wine Class:  Ugly Ducklings: Outliers of the Wine World

Friday, February 13, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 PM

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Not all grapes are meant to be blended. Some are lone wolves, some have been banished from their homelands, and some are straight up misfits. Nonetheless, these outliers of the wine world can grow up to make remarkable, delicious wines. On this Friday the 13th – the most unromantic of holidays – we will explore these unfairly unloved wines. No doubt, by the end of this class you will want to take at least one of them home.

  • Six wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$35.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

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Wine Class:  A Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting

Saturday, February 14, 2015

6:00 – 7:00 PM

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What’s Valentine’s Day without Champagne? And what is it about Champagne that – more than any other beverage in the world – has made it so inextricably linked with celebrations of love? Is it the grapes? Is it the bubbles? Is it the stories? On this Valentine’s Day, we’ll sort it all out while you sip on six distinctly different styles of this romantic elixir!

  • Six Champagnes will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$65.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

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Wine Class:  The Perfect Dessert for Your Valentine

Saturday, February 14, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 PM

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Good things come in small packages, and that includes dessert wines! On this Valentine’s Day evening, we’ll match our favorite sweet pairings for you and your sweetheart. From Sauternes to Tokaji, and from Eiswein to ice cider, we’ll take the mystery out of those tiny bottles and help you find a new wine to fall in love with.

During this class, you will taste six distinctly different dessert wines. They will be paired with savory cheeses, delectable desserts, and fresh fruits that will demonstrate the full range of tasting possibilities.

  • Six dessert wines will be tasted.
  • Artisanal cheeses & small desserts will be served.
  • Discounts available for wines tasted in the class that you would like to take home!
  • This is a seated wine tasting class. Space is limited. Don’t wait to sign up!

$45.00 per person (plus tax and fees)

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DCanter’s Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations by attendees are allowed up to 48 hours prior to the class/event start time to receive full refund.
  • Cancellations made by attendees within 48 hours of the class/event will be charged in full.
  • If the Federal Government or the DC Public School system announces an unplanned closure, DCanter will reschedule the class.
  • Attendees will receive an email notifying them of the cancellation, date and time of rescheduled class, and any other necessary information.

DCanter’s Late Attendance Policy:

  • Attendees have a 15 minute grace period.  Arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of a class/event does not guarantee you a seat. You remain responsible for the payment of the class.  Please plan ahead and aim to make the class/event on time.

DCanter’s Waiting List Policy:

  • We encourage you to email us if a class that you’re interested in attending is sold out.  In the event that a seat opens up, we will contact individuals on the wait list according to a “first to sign up for the wait list” basis.