Introduction to Wine:A Comprehensive Series Demystifying the World of Wine
Join the Wine Workshop as we offer an intensive overview of the extensive world of wine. This seminar will explain the vocabulary used to discuss wine and provide you with the necessary tools to taste, appreciate, and comprehend the total wine experience. We will deep dive into wine tasting technique, red and white varietals, discuss the major wine-growing regions, and prime you to further explore what is inside a bottle of wine. This introductory course will enhance your love of wine, develop your palate, and empower you with the information you need to select and purchase wine with savvy and confidence. Join us for this informative tasting series, filled with delicious wines and friends
David Hamburger is the Director of Special Events at Acker Merrall & Condit Company; a member of the Acker family for almost twenty years. He serves as a senior wine buyer, and most prominently as Director of The Wine Workshop, an educational and experiential arm of Acker Merrall where the world’s finest wine tastings, dinners and master classes are hosted. David has personally developed and moderated wine events for an incredible number of the world’s greatest winemakers, including Christian Moueix, Jean Philippe Delmas, Paul Pontallier, Olivier Krug, Philippe Guigal, Michel Chapoutier, Jacques Lardière, Veronique Drouhin, Erwan Faiveley, Olivier Humbrecht, Gaia Gaja, Paul Hobbs, Jean-Louis Chave and many, many more. He curates bespoke wine dinners and tastings for corporate and private clients. David also arranges and moderates The Greatest Wines of the World Weekend in both the US and in Asia – spectacular three-day events at the most prestigious restaurants in the world, paired with some of the oldest, rarest and most highly coveted wines on Earth.
David will be leading this introductory series, imparting his many decades of knowledge and experience into four, highly educational and focused seminars, after which you will depart with a true confidence and newfound knowledge of the essentials of wine.
I: Introduction to White Varietals
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 | 1:30-3:30PM
108 West 39th Street, Suite 903
Even the most experienced wine drinkers can struggle when trying to decipher neutral white wines, especially blind! Join us for an exploration of global white wines designed to train your palate and help you better understand what distinguishes the classic whites wines from Albarino from Zibbibo. We will briefly visit the fundamentals of wine tasting before tasting 14 distinct white varietals from around the world.
Wines include: Sonoma Chardonnay, Rias Baixas Albarino, Wachau Gruner Veltliner, Alsatian Pinot Gris, Italian Pinot Grigio, Burgundy 1er Cru, Vouvray Chenin Blanc, Rieslings from the Mosel and Australia, Viogner from the Northern Rhone, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire and New Zealand, and Torrontes.
II: Introduction to Red Varietals
Sunday, November 4th, 2018 | 1:30-3:30PM
108 West 39th Street, Suite 903
Single varietal wines are often written off because of their relative success in blends, but after this class, you’ll be able to identify and appreciate them all! Taste through the spectrum from light and refreshing reds to full bodied and hearty wines to keep you warm in the winter. A tasting technique refresher will begin the seminar before we learn what separates a St. Julien from a St. Joseph.
Wines include: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, the Left Bank of the Medoc, Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Amarone, Cru Beaujolais, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Malbec, Napa Merlot, St. Emillion, Barolo, Chianti Classico, Burgundy 1er Cru, Sonoma Pinot Noir, Northern Rhone Syrah, Shiraz, Rioja, and Zinfandel.
III: Tasting the Earth: Soils, Sun, Sites and the Meaning of Terroir
Sunday, November 18th, 2018 | 1:30-3:30PM
108 West 39th Street, Suite 903
Any high-level wine debate usually comes down to one mysterious word—terroir. The term encompasses so many important facets that distinguish one fine wine from another, mysteriously and magically presenting to such an extent that the difference of just a few feet between vines is notable, apparent and celebrated! Join us as we decipher how the land where vines are grown directly influences the taste of a wine.
Wines include: 2015 Duroche: Gevrey Chambertin Champ & Les Jeunes Rois; 2010 Chateau Leoville Barton & Chateau d’Armailhac; 2010 Barolo Clerico Pajana & Ciabot Mentin; 2016 Willi Schaefer Gracher Kabinett Domprobst & Himmelreich; Tardieu-Laurent 2008 Cote Rotie & 2007 Hermitage
IV: Old Wine vs. New Wine
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 | 1:30-3:30PM
108 West 39th Street, Suite 903
Age and beauty are not equivalent. As high quality and well-stored wine matures, incredible aromas and flavors develop that just cannot be replicated in younger wines. However, not everyone loves aged wine! The vibrancy, structure and freshness of a youthful wine make a powerful argument to drink some wines on the younger side. We will explore and discuss the profiles of older bottles when compared to their youthful equivalents, and will walk away with an understanding and greater appreciation for both.
Wines include: 1988/2006 Domaine Ruinart Blanc de Blancs; 1993/2015 de Montille Pommard Pezerolles; 1989/2005 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou; 1989/2012 Chateau Beaucastel; 1987/2014 Dominus*
$550 per person, plus tax
(includes all 4 classes)
All classes will be held at 108 West 39th Street, Suite 903 on Sunday afternoons between 1:30-3:30PM.
*Wine selections for all series subject to change.
David Hamburger
Director of Special Events
  The Wine Workshop
160 West 72nd Street, Suite 2R
New York, NY 10023
  Phone 212 875 0222
Fax 212 799 1984
TASTINGS BEGIN AT 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Cancellation Policy
There are NO refunds, only credit towards future classes (based on availability). Credit is given if cancellations are received no later than ten business days prior to the tastings or fifteen days prior to dinners. All reservations are confirmed and final upon payment.

Jackets and ties are not required. Please, no perfume or after-shave... it interferes with the wines’ aromas.

**Please Note: The Wine Workshop reserves the right to deny admission to any potential workshop participant (with full credit), or remove participants for unruly behavior (no credit). We are not responsible for any alcohol-related incidents. All participants must be 21 or older.

Gift certificates are available from The Wine Workshop. They make a wonderful gift for almost any occasion! Please inquire.