Introductory Course

Over four nights you will be guided through our course by an industry professional who’s aim is to demystify wine and create an open forum for your questions. Bound not just in the class room but also over the internet to ensure that you progress on your wine journey into the future. Numbers are limited to ensure a thorough and personalised learning experience – all in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

– Impress your friends and clients with your new wine knowledge
– Have more confidence when confronted with the wine list
– Find out what you like and why, so you can tell others when buying wines
– Learn how to understand and use the professional 20 point judging system
– Conduct sensory evaluation on wines
– Get an insight into your favourite varietals and styles

Part 1

How to Taste and Judge Wine – skills and knowledge you can use for a  lifetime

Part 2

Quality vs Price – why are some wines more expensive than others?

Part 3

White Wines – how are they made, what makes a great white

Part 4

Red Wines – how reds are made, what to look for in quality red wines

MAY 1st, 8th, 15th, 22th – 4 week wine appreciation course for $299

Each class includes comprehensive notes, six international standard tasting/judging glasses, wine in a nutshell wine aroma wheel, all wines and a selection of cheeses.

Bookings: OR 1300 202 262 OR in-store at Darlinghurst Fine Wines OR Paddington Fine Wines


2018 is well underway, and Wine Class has put some amazing wine experiences in the diary to be held in our Fine Wine Room at our Darlinghurst store. Come and join us, sit around the table and taste and learn about beautiful wines. You will walk away with a bunch of juicy wine knowledge! Stuff that you can use to impress your friends. The events are limited to 13 people ensuring quality small group learning, so book early or you’ll miss out! Led by industry expert, Ben Hughes.
Ben has been in the wine industry 26 years and has a very broad deep knowledge of the industry. He has been drinking for 39 years now and has a wealth of knowledge that he loves to share. There are no boring bits, just plenty of useful information and passed over in a fun, social environment. Come and join him at the wine table.

THURSDAY FEB 8th – The Best Bunch from 2017 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm – $89

All the wine that comes into our stores is tried and tested by the staff.  This means, we try a lot of wine! We asked the staff, “What was the best wine you tried in 2017?” So we now have eight distinctly different wines, all being the best picks of the bunch. There are some truly beautiful wines, matched with cheeses, and you will miss out if you don’t join us.  From sparkling right through to fortified wine.

THURSDAY MAR 8th – Tickled Pink | Rosé for 2018 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm – $89

Video killed the radio star, as the song goes. Well, Sauvignon Blanc killed the Chardonnay star; now rosé is killing the Sauvy B star.  Come and find out all about rosé, what is it, how it is made, is pale a good sign?  What food should I have with it?  Come and join us as we taste eight yes, eight delicious but different rosés matched with cheese.  Rosé and cheese what is not to like?!

THURSDAY MAY 10th – Big, Bold Reds for the Cold Night Ahead – 6.30pm – 8.30pm – $99

Love the big red? This is for you.  Eight bone warming reds that insulate you from the cold weather. We visit Australia, Argentina, Italy and Spain to taste and learn about the big reds that come from those countries. Shiraz, Malbec, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo will all be on the table with some wonderful hard cheeses. Fight the cold, come and join us as we warm up and learn about the chunky reds.

Coming up in July

THURSDAY JUL 12th – Tour de France – 6.30pm – 8.30pm – $89

Fact: the French make amazing wines.
Fact: the labels and regions are a mystery to most people.
If you are one of those people, join us on our own Tour de France.  We will be stopping and tasting and learning about eight delightful French wines.  Do you know what Bordeaux is made from or what Chablis is?  You will taste and find out.  All matched with amazing French cheeses, yes that do that well too.

Bookings: OR 1300 202 262 OR in-store at Darlinghurst Fine Wines OR Paddington Fine Wines

Master Class

Once you have completed the first four parts of the course you will be able to attend various specialised tastings e.g. Sparkling Wine & Champagne, palate tuning and red blending as well as varietal specific and international wine masterclasses.

Part 5

Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Part 6

 Climate, Buying, Storing, food and wine matching

Part 7

Fortified Wines, Port, Muscat Tokay etc

Part 8

Varietal and regional masterclasses

Information to your memory

Every experience you have with Wine Class is designed to plant information into your memory. By understanding and remembering what to look for, smell for and taste for in a wine you will enter a new realm of wine appreciation. Each part or subject will deliver theoretical information through your tutor and course booklet as well as practical learning through the sensory evaluation of six wines per night.