TC

520 have dabbled | 64 reviews
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Medium square sommelier
5.0 | 64 reviews

TC

520 have dabbled | 64 reviews
Big square sommelier
5.0 | 64 reviews
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TC Safavi

Art needs to be seen, music needs to be heard, wine needs to be drunk. TC loves demystifying wine for people for the same reason a performer likes hearing the crowd cheer--because it means she's helped other people enjoy the things she loves.

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

Art needs to be seen, music needs to be heard, wine needs to be drunk. TC loves demystifying wine for people for the same reason a performer likes hearing the crowd cheer--because it means she's helped other people enjoy the things she loves.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

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    Brad M.
    Reviewed on 07/14/14

    TC and Jeffrey - Thanks for hosting a great evening / event! Definitely took away some pearls regarding whiskey… great dinner too! Looking forward to your wine tasting class.

    TC and Jeffrey - Thanks for hosting a great evening / event! Definitely took away some pearls regarding whiskey… great dinner too! Looking forward to your wine tasting class.

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    Mallory B.
    Reviewed on 07/10/14

    Great class! It was a lot of fun and very informative. I definitely will be taking this class again!

    Great class! It was a lot of fun and very informative. I definitely will be taking this class again!

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    Melissa M.
    Reviewed on 07/07/14

    The whiskey was really good (and there was more than plenty of it) and the food was surprisingly delicious! A great dinner and fun tasting!

    The whiskey was really good (and there was more than plenty of it) and the food was surprisingly delicious! A great dinner and fun tasting!

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    Courtney N.
    Reviewed on 06/09/14

    The dinner was great, it was fun to learn a little about whiskey and to find out that I love a Sazerac.

    The dinner was great, it was fun to learn a little about whiskey and to find out that I love a Sazerac.

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    Viktoria R.
    Reviewed on 05/29/14

    This was a fantastic class! After side-by-side comparisons of the different whiskey styles, and some background on their origins and histories, I feel like I am infinitely more knowledgeable in this realm. Aside from the obvious educational benefit, we were treated to a cocktail made with each type of whiskey, and a great dinner. I'm looking forward to future spin-off classes!

    This was a fantastic class! After side-by-side comparisons of the different whiskey styles, and some background on their origins and histories, I feel like I am infinitely more knowledgeable in this realm. Aside from the obvious educational benefit, we were treated to a cocktail made with each type of whiskey, and a great dinner. I'm looking forward to future spin-off classes!

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    Pamela S.
    Reviewed on 05/21/14

    I've attended this class 3 times now and brought family and friends along as well. It's always exciting, and you always learn something new. The teacher is so knowledgeable and even let's you pick her brain after class is over. I cannot stop raving about it!

    I've attended this class 3 times now and brought family and friends along as well. It's always exciting, and you always learn something new. The teacher is so knowledgeable and even let's you pick her brain after class is over. I cannot stop raving about it!

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    Ken S.
    Reviewed on 05/17/14

    Learned a l lot about different types of beers, and my tastes in beers. Am looking forward to the Belgian beer class

    Learned a l lot about different types of beers, and my tastes in beers. Am looking forward to the Belgian beer class

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    Neeva S.
    Reviewed on 05/12/14

    An awesome experience! Things start off slow with a flight and some education about the different types of whiskey. The instructors had a great attitude - their enthusiasm and expertise were immediately evident. Dinner and cocktails follow the flight tasting - delicious! We ended with a fun Q&A on the best beer, wine, and whiskey pairings of our favorite foods. I'm looking forward to other offerings from this group and would highly recommend you check them out!

    An awesome experience! Things start off slow with a flight and some education about the different types of whiskey. The instructors had a great attitude - their enthusiasm and expertise were immediately evident. Dinner and cocktails follow the flight tasting - delicious! We ended with a fun Q&A on the best beer, wine, and whiskey pairings of our favorite foods. I'm looking forward to other offerings from this group and would highly recommend you check them out!

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    Wendy K.
    Reviewed on 05/12/14

    Great class! Will definitely be trying one of the other classes they offer here (beer tasting and whiskey tasting).

    Great class! Will definitely be trying one of the other classes they offer here (beer tasting and whiskey tasting).

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    Erinne B.
    Reviewed on 05/05/14

    The hosts were incredibly knowledgeable and also a lot of fun. The drinks we tried were excellent, and the small group atmosphere made it interactive, easy to ask questions. Another added bonus is that they made an awesome dinner for everyone. I definitely feel that I got my money's worth and would attend another class that they offer.

    The hosts were incredibly knowledgeable and also a lot of fun. The drinks we tried were excellent, and the small group atmosphere made it interactive, easy to ask questions. Another added bonus is that they made an awesome dinner for everyone. I definitely feel that I got my money's worth and would attend another class that they offer.

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    Jennifer S.
    Reviewed on 04/27/14

    Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about whiskey history, tasting, and drink mixing... and fantastic food to boot (gluten-free chicken fried in kettle chips was amazing!).

    Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about whiskey history, tasting, and drink mixing... and fantastic food to boot (gluten-free chicken fried in kettle chips was amazing!).

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    Jo Ann T.
    Reviewed on 04/06/14

    Lots of information is given out on basic wine tasting techniques. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Take this class.

    Lots of information is given out on basic wine tasting techniques. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Take this class.

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    Eugene F.
    Reviewed on 03/22/14

    I arrived at the location - which is unmarked really but was able to figure it out. Grabbed a seat next to a few couples and the tasting began. The instructor was very knowledgable about her craft. She went over a lot of material but I think the most fun was just experimenting the different types of wine, guessing where and when it was made and so fourth. By the end everyone loosened up more and the crowd of people were all having a great time. Great way to spend a Friday night! Met some really cool people and learned some useful info about wine and pairing. Definitely recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about wine and just meeting cool people and having a great Friday evening. Also doesn't matter if you want to go alone or with someone - you have an entire night to make new friends!

    I arrived at the location - which is unmarked really but was able to figure it out. Grabbed a seat next to a few couples and the tasting began. The instructor was very knowledgable about her craft. She went over a lot of material but I think the most fun was just experimenting the different types of wine, guessing where and when it was made and so fourth. By the end everyone loosened up more and the crowd of people were all having a great time. Great way to spend a Friday night! Met some really cool people and learned some useful info about wine and pairing. Definitely recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about wine and just meeting cool people and having a great Friday evening. Also doesn't matter if you want to go alone or with someone - you have an entire night to make new friends!

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    Bill S.
    Reviewed on 03/09/14

    Great and amazing experience! This was my second wine tasting and I learned so much. I went in with an open mind ready to take it all in. The pop scene was inviting and intimate. We got a long great with our table. You went through two similar wines at at time. Discovering, body, alcohol, region, grape, smell, taste, etc. TC explained everything perfectly. After you have learned about each wine you get a bit more to taste and relax. It was a very fun, enjoyable and informative meeting. When the formal tasting is over we were welcome to stay and try a bit more wine and ask any questions. I never knew so much about the history of wine making, regions, storing wine, steam wear etc.

    Great and amazing experience! This was my second wine tasting and I learned so much. I went in with an open mind ready to take it all in. The pop scene was inviting and intimate. We got a long great with our table. You went through two similar wines at at time. Discovering, body, alcohol, region, grape, smell, taste, etc. TC explained everything perfectly. After you have learned about each wine you get a bit more to taste and relax. It was a very fun, enjoyable and informative meeting. When the formal tasting is over we were welcome to stay and try a bit more wine and ask any questions. I never knew so much about the history of wine making, regions, storing wine, steam wear etc.

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    Lynda I.
    Reviewed on 03/09/14

    This class was very informative and useful. I learnt more about wine and how to differenciate them. The instructor is very knowledgeable and loves what she is doing. Very good experience.

    This class was very informative and useful. I learnt more about wine and how to differenciate them. The instructor is very knowledgeable and loves what she is doing. Very good experience.

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    Michelle T.
    Reviewed on 02/18/14

    We were looking for a beginners class on wine tasting and this exceeded our expectations for sure - will definitely do this again, hopefully with a bigger group of friends. TC was so knowledgeable and the class was such fun!

    We were looking for a beginners class on wine tasting and this exceeded our expectations for sure - will definitely do this again, hopefully with a bigger group of friends. TC was so knowledgeable and the class was such fun!

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    Elizabeth L.
    Reviewed on 02/11/14

    This class was fantastic. I absolutely loved the information, the food and all the wines. Totally got my money's worth. I would definitely attend again, I hope to bring lots of friends back!

    This class was fantastic. I absolutely loved the information, the food and all the wines. Totally got my money's worth. I would definitely attend again, I hope to bring lots of friends back!

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    Tim S.
    Reviewed on 02/11/14

    Loved the class. TC, the instructor, was really great. The wine and the snacks were all delicious. I actually snacked a lot and left kind of full. I must admit, I was so drunk by the end of it, I could barely remember the heuristics for determining relative age and region. I guess I'll have to do it again!

    Loved the class. TC, the instructor, was really great. The wine and the snacks were all delicious. I actually snacked a lot and left kind of full. I must admit, I was so drunk by the end of it, I could barely remember the heuristics for determining relative age and region. I guess I'll have to do it again!

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    Matt B.
    Reviewed on 02/08/14

    I've actually been to several wine events and wine classes but none with quite as much hands on experience and knowledge as what was shared in this course. TC was informative, held a deep breadth of knowledge and presented everything in a way that anyone from beginner to connoisseur could enjoy.

    I've actually been to several wine events and wine classes but none with quite as much hands on experience and knowledge as what was shared in this course. TC was informative, held a deep breadth of knowledge and presented everything in a way that anyone from beginner to connoisseur could enjoy.

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    Nathalie S.
    Reviewed on 02/01/14

    It was one of the most fun evenings I've had in a long time! TC clearly had a ton of knowledge and she presented it in a non-dumbed down way which I appreciated - the breadth of her knowledge was impressive! The wines selected were wonderful and the food accompaniments were clearly well chosen and thoroughly enjoyable as well. It was a good group of people and an overall worthwhile experience which I'm looking forward to doing again!!

    It was one of the most fun evenings I've had in a long time! TC clearly had a ton of knowledge and she presented it in a non-dumbed down way which I appreciated - the breadth of her knowledge was impressive! The wines selected were wonderful and the food accompaniments were clearly well chosen and thoroughly enjoyable as well. It was a good group of people and an overall worthwhile experience which I'm looking forward to doing again!!

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    Darla J.
    Reviewed on 01/25/14

    The class was great. The instructor was knowledgeable and brought the information down to a level that anyone could understand. I had a great time, ate good food, drank good wine and I would recommend the class to anyone.

    The class was great. The instructor was knowledgeable and brought the information down to a level that anyone could understand. I had a great time, ate good food, drank good wine and I would recommend the class to anyone.

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    Victoria M.
    Reviewed on 12/09/13

    This was a lovely course, which I learned more than your typical wine tasting class. The energy of the class was really nice. Although I think I would need to take the class several times before I really got the hang of it. Definitely something I would recommend for a group of friends to do together.

    This was a lovely course, which I learned more than your typical wine tasting class. The energy of the class was really nice. Although I think I would need to take the class several times before I really got the hang of it. Definitely something I would recommend for a group of friends to do together.

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    Lindsey T.
    Reviewed on 10/16/13

    I learned A LOT! I would definitely take another class with this teacher-- highly recommend.

    I learned A LOT! I would definitely take another class with this teacher-- highly recommend.

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    Mary W.
    Reviewed on 09/10/13

    This is a very informative class. TC definitely knows her stuff and makes the most of the class time to give students a chance to thoroughly explore the wines.

    This is a very informative class. TC definitely knows her stuff and makes the most of the class time to give students a chance to thoroughly explore the wines.

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    Jaime Z.
    Reviewed on 08/19/13

    Awesome class! TC was very knowledgeable about wines, and made the class really fun! I learned a lot, and will definitely be going back for some of the advanced classes she teaches.

    Awesome class! TC was very knowledgeable about wines, and made the class really fun! I learned a lot, and will definitely be going back for some of the advanced classes she teaches.

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    Jeff W.
    Reviewed on 08/19/13

    Great teacher! Right amount of serious/knowledgable and casual/fun.

    Great teacher! Right amount of serious/knowledgable and casual/fun.

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    Camdin C.
    Reviewed on 08/19/13

    This class was great! It was informative, interactive, and the atmosphere was super low-key and fun. Definitely recommend this class for anyone looking to get a better understanding of what's in their wine glass!

    This class was great! It was informative, interactive, and the atmosphere was super low-key and fun. Definitely recommend this class for anyone looking to get a better understanding of what's in their wine glass!

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    Sonia Y.
    Reviewed on 08/19/13

    What an outstanding class! Thoroughly entertaining - you'll learn the fundamentals to whet your appetite for a deeper appreciation of this earth's bounty. It's a wonderful opportunity for exchanging feedback with others in a group. Safavi is the perfect host, providing light fare and anecdotes to keep your taste buds and nose on their toes. She does a great job guiding the translation of smells with sticky metaphors. I get the feeling that the joy she experiences in the pursuit of discovering wines contributes to making each class unique.

    What an outstanding class! Thoroughly entertaining - you'll learn the fundamentals to whet your appetite for a deeper appreciation of this earth's bounty. It's a wonderful opportunity for exchanging feedback with others in a group. Safavi is the perfect host, providing light fare and anecdotes to keep your taste buds and nose on their toes. She does a great job guiding the translation of smells with sticky metaphors. I get the feeling that the joy she experiences in the pursuit of discovering wines contributes to making each class unique.

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    Viktoria R.
    Reviewed on 07/25/13

    This class took us through two blind tastings, one white and one red, and gave us a chance to taste actual food and mineral items that are normally present in wines so as to help us identify what was actually in our glasses. For example, picking out lime specifically, rather than simply calling a flavor "citrus," was made easy because we had lemons, limes, grapefruit and orange wedges to try along with our wine. TC had even boiled slate and limestone so we could taste the water it had been boiled in - what a fantastic idea!

    This class took us through two blind tastings, one white and one red, and gave us a chance to taste actual food and mineral items that are normally present in wines so as to help us identify what was actually in our glasses. For example, picking out lime specifically, rather than simply calling a flavor "citrus," was made easy because we had lemons, limes, grapefruit and orange wedges to try along with our wine. TC had even boiled slate and limestone so we could taste the water it had been boiled in - what a fantastic idea!

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    Jen M.
    Reviewed on 07/08/13

    A great class - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor! all-around great! My only negative comment would be that there was so much information to absorb in three hours! I'm so glad I took this class.

    A great class - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor! all-around great! My only negative comment would be that there was so much information to absorb in three hours! I'm so glad I took this class.

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    Barbara Drohan D.
    Reviewed on 07/08/13

    Lots of interesting details and fun class.

    Lots of interesting details and fun class.

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    Sara B.
    Reviewed on 06/17/13

    I was expecting a typical wine class where you try different things but she really went into the theory of wine and how to properly appreciate it. It was a great experience! She was so great and so knowledgeable! She structured the class well, had everything planned out and made it a really fun and informative experience that I highly recommend.

    I was expecting a typical wine class where you try different things but she really went into the theory of wine and how to properly appreciate it. It was a great experience! She was so great and so knowledgeable! She structured the class well, had everything planned out and made it a really fun and informative experience that I highly recommend.

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    Danielle G.
    Reviewed on 06/17/13

    This class exceeded my expectations with the level of knowledge of the instuctor and the mix of relaxed and educational tone of the class. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn about wine in a small, personalized setting with access to a great teacher.

    This class exceeded my expectations with the level of knowledge of the instuctor and the mix of relaxed and educational tone of the class. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn about wine in a small, personalized setting with access to a great teacher.

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    Keith G.
    Reviewed on 05/13/13

    A fun, interesting class. Tc knows a lot about wine, but keeps things casual, engaging, and unpretentious. The format is a blind tasting, where you sample different wines and describe their characteristics, ultimately attempting to guess the source and varietal. A total novice can hang on for the ride if they're adventurous, but someone who already has a basic understanding of the major varietals will get more out of this class.

    A fun, interesting class. Tc knows a lot about wine, but keeps things casual, engaging, and unpretentious. The format is a blind tasting, where you sample different wines and describe their characteristics, ultimately attempting to guess the source and varietal. A total novice can hang on for the ride if they're adventurous, but someone who already has a basic understanding of the major varietals will get more out of this class.

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    Victoria V.
    Reviewed on 02/12/13

    A fun, nonpretentious way to learn a lot about wine in a relaxed setting.

    A fun, nonpretentious way to learn a lot about wine in a relaxed setting.

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    Jon D.
    Reviewed on 02/12/13

    TC was a great teacher

    TC was a great teacher

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    Amanda G.
    Reviewed on 02/11/13

    This was a great class, because you definitely get a good amount to drink, but also learn a lot as well. The teacher was very knowledgeable, and could answer any question asked about wine. She took us through step-by-step on how to figure out where your wine is from, what climate the grapes were grown in, how high the alcohol content is, and more just from looking/smelling/drinking it. Really cool class.

    This was a great class, because you definitely get a good amount to drink, but also learn a lot as well. The teacher was very knowledgeable, and could answer any question asked about wine. She took us through step-by-step on how to figure out where your wine is from, what climate the grapes were grown in, how high the alcohol content is, and more just from looking/smelling/drinking it. Really cool class.

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    Mike T.
    Reviewed on 01/07/13

    Well, when we got there, we weren't too sure about the building. The whole directions for getting in was kind of sketchy, and I tried calling the contact numbers I had with no response. Luckily, a person came down propping open the door saying there was a problem with the intercom. After that, the whole event went smoothly. The room was a little crowded, it somehow got overbooked, but everyone fit and there was plenty of wine to go around. It was a really fun experience overall, and although I still can't tell you everything about wine, it was a really fun start.

    Well, when we got there, we weren't too sure about the building. The whole directions for getting in was kind of sketchy, and I tried calling the contact numbers I had with no response. Luckily, a person came down propping open the door saying there was a problem with the intercom. After that, the whole event went smoothly. The room was a little crowded, it somehow got overbooked, but everyone fit and there was plenty of wine to go around. It was a really fun experience overall, and although I still can't tell you everything about wine, it was a really fun start.

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    Elisa S.
    Reviewed on 12/06/12

    TC was great! Extremely knowledgable and engaging. The class was so much fun and I hope to take more from TC!

    TC was great! Extremely knowledgable and engaging. The class was so much fun and I hope to take more from TC!

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    Mike F.
    Reviewed on 12/03/12

    Class was very well done. Teacher extremely knowledgeable, well prepared. Very fun experience!

    Class was very well done. Teacher extremely knowledgeable, well prepared. Very fun experience!

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 12/01/12

    Totally fantastic class. TC has a great teaching style--tons of personality. I had fun and I actually really learned a lot. I have a totally new appreciation for wine now.

    Totally fantastic class. TC has a great teaching style--tons of personality. I had fun and I actually really learned a lot. I have a totally new appreciation for wine now.

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    very knowledgeable instructor. variety of wines and foods to sample. small class.

    very knowledgeable instructor. variety of wines and foods to sample. small class.

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    "Knowledgable, Down to Earth Teacher
    Small Class Size
    Super Fun!"

    "Knowledgable, Down to Earth Teacher
    Small Class Size
    Super Fun!"

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Instructor was very knowledgeable and her method of teaching and class participation was excellent

    Instructor was very knowledgeable and her method of teaching and class participation was excellent

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    I really enjoyed the instructor, she was very knowledgeable and entertaining!

    I really enjoyed the instructor, she was very knowledgeable and entertaining!

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    The imstructor was very personable and very well verse in her craft

    The imstructor was very personable and very well verse in her craft

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Great teacher, enthusiatic and knowledgeble.

    Great teacher, enthusiatic and knowledgeble.

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    I loved learning wine tasting just like the sommelier's learn - methodical and organized so I can remember how to analyze other wines on my own without an instructor's help. Instructor was super knowledgable, fun and approachable. I'm hoping for another class! The venue was cozy but it worked just fine for the number of people that we had. Overall, really great experience!

    I loved learning wine tasting just like the sommelier's learn - methodical and organized so I can remember how to analyze other wines on my own without an instructor's help. Instructor was super knowledgable, fun and approachable. I'm hoping for another class! The venue was cozy but it worked just fine for the number of people that we had. Overall, really great experience!

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    The course was perfect in that we were taught how wine taste-testers evaluate wine. It wasn't overly dumbed-down for us, which I appreciated. I felt like I learned a fair amount and had fun doing it.

    The course was perfect in that we were taught how wine taste-testers evaluate wine. It wasn't overly dumbed-down for us, which I appreciated. I felt like I learned a fair amount and had fun doing it.

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Wonderful venue. The teacher was incredibly knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She also welcomed audience participation and rewarded good guesswork. We fit so much in!

    Wonderful venue. The teacher was incredibly knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She also welcomed audience participation and rewarded good guesswork. We fit so much in!

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    very accessible and informative. also very fun

    very accessible and informative. also very fun

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Very knowledgeable teacher, great selection of wines and food pairings, excellent preparation, homey venue, other students were fun

    Very knowledgeable teacher, great selection of wines and food pairings, excellent preparation, homey venue, other students were fun

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Lots of information; good blind tasting concept to reinforce what we were learning about the grapes; liked the line up by price at the end

    Lots of information; good blind tasting concept to reinforce what we were learning about the grapes; liked the line up by price at the end

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    Lots of shared knowledge. Lots of wine choices. Great pairing of food with wine. Loved it!

    Lots of shared knowledge. Lots of wine choices. Great pairing of food with wine. Loved it!

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    instructor was very knowledgeable. she made an intimidating subject matter very approachable and comfortable.

    instructor was very knowledgeable. she made an intimidating subject matter very approachable and comfortable.

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    Dabble Student
    Reviewed on 10/10/12

    The instructor was very knowledgeable. I was very comfortable soothing also provided a lot of knowledge as well as a good time

    The instructor was very knowledgeable. I was very comfortable soothing also provided a lot of knowledge as well as a good time

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