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Boston Wine School

Boston Wine SchoolBoston Wine School (BWS), founded in 2000 by wine writer Jonathon Alsop, is a 501c3 Massachusetts non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of wine and food education in the USA and China.

Our education focus is on interactive experiential learning: tasting, thinking, and talking about wine. We teach fundamental topics and basic wine tasting skills all the way to in depth sessions on famous wine grapes and important wine regions.

Wine 101: Fundamentals of Wine

Classes are small – usually 15 to 36 students – and feature one night, multiple week, and weekend classes with dinner. The combination of small scale and high quality represents what Boston Wine School stands for: the very best tasting, teaching, and learning experience possible.

BWS is a 100% snob-free zone where all people can come to learn about wine – no matter who you are, no matter how much you know, or don’t know, about wine. You don’t have to be a somm or even want to be a somm to come to the Wine School. Our students are wine lovers of all kinds who want to learn more about wine and food, get more comfortable and confident, and learn how to communicate and understand wine.

Our professional level classes educate salespeople – wholesale, retail, restaurant, bartenders, caterers, event planners, anyone who orders or recommends wine – and give them the tools to increase sales. Boston Wine School hosts many wine makers and vineyards from around the world eager to educate wine lovers on new and emerging wines.

Upcoming Events

April 2018

Wine and Caramel: Making the Perfect Match | Boston Wine School and McCrea’s Candies @ VINOvations

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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$69.00

Get your slow-form tasting skills ready as we put wine together with the hand crafted caramels from McCrea's Candies in Hyde Park. Make amazing wine connections through a whole range of wines paired up with the inspired stylings of caramel concierge Julie Ayotte.

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BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

April 28 @ 10:00 am - April 29 @ 3:00 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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Sat + Sun, April 28 + 29, 10am - 3pm
Level 1 is an introductory course that assumes some exposure to wine but little or no formal wine knowledge. Appropriate for both consumers and professionals in any wine, food, hospitality and service industries.

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May 2018

Come To Cheeses! Wine + Cheese Tasting Workshop | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Solera Wines | Roslindale Village MA, 16 Birch Street
Roslindale, MA 02131 United States
$69.00

Wine and cheese have been together for 8000 years, and we've been busy in wine class figuring out ways to make both of them more and more delicious all the time.

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Night In Tuscany (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

May 5 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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$119.00

Join us for a the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Tuscany without ever leaving the Boston Wine School! Get yourself ready for a broad range of Tuscan wines, from crisp whites to gutsy bold reds.

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Language Of Wine: Italian Wine And Words | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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$69.00

This class is a unique combination of wine tasting and language that will introduce you to Italian wine words as you might hear in Italy, and here in the US, as you often see represented on Italian wine labels.

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Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of | Boston Wine School @ Ipswich

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cellar Door | Ipswich MA, 1 North Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938 United States
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$69.00

One of the greatest things about wine is that there's always something new to discover - grapes you've never heard of, up-and-coming wine regions, new techniques, innovative packaging, and more.

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Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The KITCHEN @ Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice is an ideal class for those just starting their explorations of wine. You'll learn the fundamentals of tasting, thinking and talking about wine.

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June 2018

Burgers & Bordeaux | Boston Wine School @ Clyde’s Roadhouse Bar & Grille

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Clyde’s Roadhouse Bar & Grille, 642 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
$86.00

Sure, Bordeaux is famous — maybe a little too famous for its own good sometimes. We're going to shed the snobbery and take it down a notch by sampling fancy French Cabernet and Merlot blends with a selection of fun beef, lamb, turkey sliders, and more.

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Night In Tuscany (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

June 9 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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$119.00

Join us for a the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Tuscany without ever leaving the Boston Wine School!

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Taking the Bite Out of Whiskey (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

June 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
$119.00

Taking the Bite Out of Whiskey is an ideal class for all levels - experienced whiskey adventurers and those just starting their journeys. You will learn how to taste and talk about whiskey while comparing whiskey styles, ingredients, and origins.  After class, we'll clear our palates and our heads with an American barbecue dinner paired with wine.

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Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The KITCHEN @ Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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$69.00

One of the greatest things about wine is that there's always something new to discover - grapes you've never heard of, up-and-coming wine regions, new techniques, innovative packaging, etc. These are often the areas where you will find the best values. The Best New Wines You've Never Heard Of class will explore some wine regions which are relatively new to the global wine market.

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September 2018

BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

September 29 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 3:00 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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Sat + Sun, Sept 29 + 30, 10am – 3pm
The emphasis in Level 1 is on providing an overview of wine and wine tasting, plus an introduction to wine and food pairing concepts. Students learn technical wine tasting, the major wine grapes, and the elements of wine style.

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November 2018

BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 18 @ 3:00 pm
VINOvations | Sharon MA, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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Sat + Sun, Nov  17 + 18, 10am – 3pm
Appropriate for both consumer enthusiasts and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries. Students learn technical wine tasting, major wine grapes, wine and food pairing, and fundamentals of wine style.

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December 2018

Gift Certificate for Boston Wine School

December 31 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Boston Wine School, 2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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$69.00 - $250.00

Perfect for the wine lover on your list! Order your gift certificate online, download the gift card, and your shopping is complete.

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