Classes

[NOTE: Shipping for public classes is on pause during the summer’s heat, and will resume in the fall; see below for local NYC pick-up, in-person pop-ups, or reach out to inquire about private events.]

There’s more great wine being made in more places in the world today than somebody doing my job thirty years ago could have imagined.

Marginalized regions neglected for decades are waking up. Farmers are renewing soils long dead from industrial agriculture. New generations of makers are rediscovering local heritage, and experimenting with things nobody’s seen before. People who tradition has locked out of winemaking, land ownership, and compensation for their labor are fighting for, and gaining, access.

I fell in love with wine because you can see the entire world through it. What do you want to think about? Geology? History? Culture, money, chemistry, ethical philosophy? It’s all in the glass.

These tastings will bring bottles of wine that I love to your doorstep, and with them, the world.

Over a weekly slate of unique and changing class topics, we’ll explore regions whose connection is obscured by national borders, grape varieties overlooked or forgotten, and emerging producers who picked their first vintage during the second Obama administration. We’ll learn how to talk about what we like, how to serve and store wine, and what might be fun to cook for dinner after the tasting ends.

Kits for remote tastings start at $99, with NYC delivery and nationwide shipping fulfilled through our Brooklyn-based retail partner, Leon & Son. Each is suitable for 1-5 people. Class kits include three bottles of wine, class materials, and pre- and post-class emails with a weekly playlist, food pairings and service suggestions.

Whether you’re a professed wine geek or someone interested in just having some bottles open to drink over the weekend, I hope you’ll find something below that sparks curiosity, and looks delicious:

In-Person

The last year of interactive tastings has been a wonderful way to connect and foster community with wine lovers around the country. While we’ll continue to meet remotely and connect nationwide, we’ll also be planning in-person meetups starting this July that are intimate, safe, and meaningful ways for us to relearn how to be in the world.

A Journey Through the Children’s Atlas

Rule of Thirds
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Monday July 12, 7PM
10 seats
$109 per person all-inclusive
sold out

Tuesday July 13, 7pm
10 seats
$109 per person all-inclusive
sold out

Summer Sessions

The season’s heat and light are good news for the plants growing the fruit we’ll turn into wine, but summer temperatures are bad news for moving the stuff around the country once in bottle. And I find that natural wine is a more sensitive barometer for small shifts away from the ideal in shipping and storage. National shipping for summer sessions closed in mid-June. Local NYC pickup and delivery are still available for classes with remaining wines, as are recordings of any of our summer tastings. Shipping will resume in September after the heat abates.

— James

Week 1
<Break>

Week 2
A Brief History of Wine
Trains, Abbeys, and Phoenicians
Wines + recording available
[details]

Week 3
Destroy Typicity, or: Wine 101
Helpful ways to think about wine
Wines + recording available
[details]

Week 4
The New Cult Canon: Spain
SOLD OUT
Canarias, Salnes, Alella

Week 1
A Brief History of Wine 2:
“Coming to America”
The new world is older than you think
SOLD OUT
[details]

Week 2
Languages of Taste
“Fresh-cut garden hose”
SOLD OUT
[details]

Week 3
Burgundy Made By Farmers
Chanterêves, Pataille, Lafarge
SOLD OUT
[details]

Week 4
“It Doesn’t Make Itself”
(Tasting Winemaking)
One grape, three ways
[details]

Week 1
Wine Without Borders
Drinking dirt, not the lines drawn in it
SOLD OUT
[details]

Week 2
Natural Wine, But Make It Cider
We make wine from more than grapes
[details]

Week 3
Oh, No, Not Minerality?!
Taste the aragonite
[details]

Week 4
Regenerating Soils in the Pacific Northwest
Hope Well, Cameron, Eyrie
SOLD OUT
[details]

Tip Your Sommelier!

Enjoyed the tasting and want to leave a couple bills on the bar? Tips can be sent via Venmo to @james-sligh. Each week, 50% of my tips will go to initiatives promoting inclusion and social justice in wine and in the wider world.


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