Vino Vitae Gourmet Wine Shop
Vino Vitae's Educational Classes

We believe education is the key to demystifying wine.  As a wine shop that promotes "Educational Retail", we offer unique custom designed classes for your group in our shop or at your office or in your home. 

We also teach classes offered through the Continuing Education Department at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Campus which are held on site at Vino Vitae.  Register online through the interactive catalog at

Contact us if you need assistance designing  your class, help locating classes or registering online.

Upcoming Continuing Education wine/spirit or beer classes

All classes include a $15.00 administrative fee and must be registered in advance with the college.

School of Wine
Monthly Classes with "Dr. Vino"

Classes are $25 per person unless noted elsewhere as part of an event or catered party.  Our weekday classes are held from 7:00-8:30 pm and additional dates and times as needed. 
Each class begins with an informal meet and greet, sipping on some bubbly or other aperitif and afterwards we socialize and discuss the topic of the evening.  Wines tasted are available for a special discounted purchase on the day of the class only.

Specific class dates can be found on the main page and updated frequently to allow enough time to choose the one that fits you best.  Additional unique tasting classes and wine pairings may be added as needed and based upon interest and scheduling. 

We offer these classes to educate your palate and your mind through fun and informative guided tastings.  Most of the information is intended to be hands on and easy to understand.  The classes are offered in an intimate setting for the novice or connoisseur alike.  Our wines are unique and we offer a variety, especially ones that are not readily available in the grocery or big box stores.

To sign up for a class, please fill out the contact form with all of your information and the name of the class and date you are interested in attending.  You may also call or send an email directly to to arrange a class personally.

Classes must be purchased in advance or as part of a special online offer to reserve your space.  Receipt is required to verify purchase on day of class, Cancellation 24 hours in advance is necessary to allow for rescheduling.

Sample Classes 

(We offer Private classes available by appointment in our shop or your home)  

101 Discovering the Art and Science of Wine

Understand the basics of tasting wine and how to appreciate what is really in the glass.  Learn how to use the aroma wheel, how to judge the quality in the glass and most importantly to overcome the fear associated with the world of wine.

Wine by the numbers:   Side by side varietal comparison (New varietals each month)

Compare and contrast a single grape varietal and see if you can detect the similarities as well as the unique differences that different wine growing regions have on the style of the wine.

Regional Focus:   Travel the world of wine without leaving home
Different countries and regions of the world each month)

Immerse yourself in the wines, cuisine and landscape that define a region.  Learn why the grapes used for wines from one country differ from another.  How are the labels and names of the wines determined and what creates the selection and quality of that region that make it so unique and different from others.

Head to Head Competition:   Different Varietal competition each month

Taste several examples of different varietals as they compare and contrast to each other in a head to head battle.  Presented in a blind tasting format and using a formal judging scale to evaluate the wines and see which ones may surprise you and win the challenge.

Class dates and times are subject to change.  Classes that are not full are subject to cancellation.  24 hr notice will be given in case of cancellation.




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