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Wine and Spirit Seminars

  • Proof of vaccination not required
  • Masks not required
  • All classes will take place in the seminar room at Marketview Liquor
  • Each class holds a maximum of 30 people
  • Reservations are required (for free and paid events)
  • All reservations must be made through the links below

Rye & Manhattan Class

Spirit and cocktail classes are back in action at Marketview Liquor! What better way to kick off the start of the year in the thick of winter than with some Manhattans? One of the most quintessential cocktails of all time offers the perfect chance to explore the spirit it was originally made for: rye whiskey. In this class, we’ll be taking a look at a few different styles of rye and examining how they perform in variations on the classic Manhattan. To that, we’ll try Uncle Nearest’s newly released rye, the highly acclaimed, full proof Alberta Premium Cask Strength, and more. The classic Manhattan is where we’ll start, but we’ll soon involve some amaro to taste a Black Manhattan, as well as sample a Prohibition-era New Orleans-born Manhattan variation. Take the chance to better understand and engage with your favorite winter mix for the first spirits class of the year!

Date: Wednesday, February 1st

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $10

Not So Petite!

It’s time to give the “misnamed” grapes their due. Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot are often thought to be “little” versions of a red wine, when the actual truth is that they can be monstrous! The word “petite” means small in French, but in the case of wine, it refers to the size of the berries (the grapes). Smaller grapes mean less juice to skin ration, which translates to dark wines that are concentrated and rich. Not to mention, higher in alcohol which kicks up the warming factor during the cold winter months. 😊

Date: Wednesday, February 8th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

February is the ultimate “antioxidant” month. Yes, those wonderful little molecules have been linked to good health in many ways. And it just so happens that polyphenolic antioxidants can be found in two of our favorite things – chocolate and red wine! Well, it’s no wonder that the two go so well together then. There is just some sort of magical chemistry between a piece of rich, dark chocolate and a glass of hearty red wine. The bitterness of dark cocoa can really tame down the bitterness (tannins) in the wine. The wine, in turn, can bring out the delicate nuances of the chocolate. Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way!

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

Lost Irish Whiskey Tasting with Tim Herlihy

Last year, we were exceedingly privileged to host renowned figure of the Irish whiskey industry Tim Herlihy for a special introductory seminar. This year, our luck continues as Tim comes back to lead a tasting of his outstanding Lost Irish in the leadup to St. Patrick’s Day. In his last seminar, he used Lost Irish as the featured blend because it exemplifies the best of the styles of Irish whiskey – grain, malt, and pot still. What’s more, Lost Irish maximizes that flavor potential with secondary maturation in six different types of casks – ranging from South African brandy to Japanese Mizunara oak and many in between. We invite you to try for yourself and experience the complexity and depth of flavor a well-balanced Irish blend can offer.

Date: Wednesday, February 15th

Time: 7-7:45pm

Cost: FREE

A Date with Chianti!

It’s a romantic calendar week, so we’ll end it with one of the most romantic wines on the planet. Yes, that would be beautiful Chianti from Tuscany, Italy. The actual region of Chianti lies between the cities of Florence in the north and Siena in the south. Just one visit to our store shelves and you will see the incredible diversity in the wine labels. As we taste through sub-regions and classifications of Chianti, you’ll learn about the Ricasoli “recipe”, the gallo nero (black rooster), the fiasco (iconic straw basket) and the remarkable history of this charming red. Not to mention its amazing ability to pair with food!

Date: Friday, February 17th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

The Wines of the Pacific Northwest

We have had some pretty good exposure to the highly acclaimed wines of California (#1 producing state in America), and also the incredible wines of our own backyard (New York is #3). But it’s time to take a good look at what is happening with number 2 and number 4! Yes, that would be Washington State and Oregon, the exciting frontier known as the Pacific Northwest. To geography lovers, the Pacific Northwest is a paradise of coastal plains mountain ranges and river valleys that translate to both maritime and continental climates. To food lovers, it is a culinary hot spot full of specialties from wild truffles to fresh caught salmon. To wine lovers, it is simply a treasure trove of goodies! Washington has earned its place as a top producer of Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet and Merlot, while Oregon has staked its claim to the Burgundian varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

Burgundy 101

Burgundy is not just a color! It is a place in France that makes pretty incredible white and red wines. It can be a complicated region to understand due to the myriad of soil types that alternate throughout the region. Lots of little villages, lots of different flavors and some pretty tough labels to pronounce. The character can vary in wines that are made from vineyards just meters apart. It is an amazing phenomenon, and one that makes the study of Burgundian wines an overwhelming memorization of place names! But we are here to make it very approachable (thus the 101). Join us as we navigate the magic of “terroir”, a name that the French have given to the stunning power of the earth to express itself in each and every glass of Burgundy wine.

Date: Tuesday, February 28th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $60

The Wines of New Zealand

New Zealand is a remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean, a thousand miles or so south-east of Australia. It lies between latitudes 36°S and 45°S, making it the world’s southernmost wine-producing nation. The long, thin shape of the country means that vineyards are never more than 75 miles from the coast, and most are in fact far closer than this. The long ripening period – a result of cool temperatures – allows flavor development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned. The wines here are distinctive for their purity, vibrancy and intensity. New Zealand produces only 1% of the world’s wine, yet offers an impressive range of high-quality varieties and styles! Although Sauvignon Blanc has become a standout, we will also taste other specialties of the country and update you on our newest store additions!

Date: Wednesday, March 8th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

A Taste of Rioja

Rioja (pronounced ree-OH-hah), is a wine named for the region in which it is made – Rioja, Spain! It is the country’s most famous wine. The region is a designated DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada), which is the highest category of Spanish wine classification. There are some tasty white and rosé wines here, but it is the reds that reign supreme. Red Rioja is made predominantly from a local red grape called tempranillo. There are four different categories of Rioja, which all depend on the amount of time the wines spend in oak and when they are released to the public. We’ll sample a variety of styles including joven, crianza, reserva and gran reserva, while enjoying them alongside some classic Tapas!

Date: Tuesday, March 14th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

It’s All Greek!

Greek wine is nothing new. Considering some of the first records of wine-making in history happened in Greece, I’d say they had a big head start on the rest of the planet. They were stomping grapes around 6,500 years ago, give or take a few. These guys were responsible for starting the whole wine gig in Italy by bringing their grapes across the Ionian Sea. And the Greeks were the first to discover there was a God of wine. His name was Dionysus, and he soon became known as Bacchus to the Romans. Forget about that myth that all Greek wines taste like Pine-Sol. Not true. Only one of them does and it is called Retsina. Once you get beyond that, there is a huge world of tasty stuff awaiting you. Look for whites made from assyrtiko, moschofilero and malagousia and reds made from xinomavro and agiorgitiko. Maybe a bit hard to pronounce, but not at all hard to swallow. This is a region to really focus on as they become more available on our wine shelves.

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35

Re-Discovering Chile

Located along the southwestern coast of South America, Chile has close to ideal conditions for growing wine grapes. Look to the west and it is all ocean (the Pacific). Look to the east, it is all mountains (the Andes Range). Head north and you hit the desert (Atacama). Head south and you’ll run into the ice of Antarctica. Talk about isolation. But it has worked in Chile’s favor. Although the Spanish were amongst the first to settle in Chile and begin growing grapes, the French had the most influence on the wine-making history. Many of the French winemakers traveled to South America in the mid 1800’s when the vineyards of Europe were being destroyed by phylloxera. Along with them came many of the French grapes (chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot). In the last decade, Chile has earned a reputation of being the “Bordeaux of South America”!

Date: Tuesday, March 28th

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $35