WFNP Online Wine School

Wine for Normal People Classes are like the podcast brought to you live and online, with wine, and a few other very cool normal wine people. Oh, and you can wear your pajamas if you want, since you’ll be at home.

A wine class was what got me into wine when I first started, so I’m a big believer in the value of structured learning and I’m a passionate teacher. A framework made an enormous difference in my enjoyment of wine.IMG_7663

I want to get you excited about and comfortable with wine too! So in each class I’ll provide a framework with plenty of chances for dorky, down-to-earth explanation, and non-stop interaction. Here are some details on the classes:

  1. These wine classes are different from anything else you’ll take because they’re fun! You’ll laugh, learn, and enjoy yourself!
  2. You’ll learn by experiencing the wine, having personal interaction with me (the class is limited to 14 people) and by having things explained in a casual,
    “normal” way.
  3. I’ll send you an email outlining the wine types, you select wines
    in your budget (I send label shots of what I’m drinking, all under or around $20/bottle). Most of the wines I recommend will last for up to a week with the right storage.
  4. The $40 fee is for 2 (TWO) people in one location (there are a limited number of ports for online classes). So split the cost with a wine loving friend if you want (going solo is fine too)!
  5. Every class comes with detailed handouts so you don’t have to take any notes, you can focus on listening and having fun.
  6. All classes are about 90 minutes long and are conducted via Google Hangout — you need a robust internet connection to participate!


 Current Classes 
The Fundamentals of Tasting Wine

September 9, 2017


In this absolutely essential and more than basic session, we will learn about the fundamentals of how to evaluate wine. We will slow down the process of looking at, smelling, and tasting wine to figure out:

  • What to look for in a glass of white, red, and rosé.
  • The things that are important and the things that aren’t in evaluating a wine.
  • Vocabulary and geography and how to describe wine based on the attributes of the three wines we taste.
  • Bonus topics include: Wine serving temperatures, glassware, how to chill a rapidly, color and flavors of cool climates v warm climates.

Previous participants have found this session valuable, even if they have been to other wine classes because we break down what’s in the glass in a way most classes don’t.

$40.00 Add to cart

Wines of Spain: A 10,000 Foot Overview

September 23, 2017


Spain is known for its robust reds — Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Priorat are famed around the world. But styles vary drastically and sometimes these wines aren’t as good as they should be. There are also many bargain Spanish wines on the shelves and that can be confusing. How do you figure out what to look for to get a high-quality Spanish wine at a good price? It’s not hard to do, but wouldn’t you like to be more directed in the grapes, regions and styles you’re buying? In this class we cover a high level view of Spain, which has been making wine since 1100 BC and explore 5 wines that will light your world on fire and show you the diversity of this amazing, value-laden country. The wines will be:

  • The whites: Albariño and Verdejo
  • The reds: Rioja, Jumilla, and Mencia

Using these wines to help you figure out flavors, textures and descriptions, this class will give you all the tools to shop the wines of Spain to get what you like.


$40.00 Add to cart

Wines of Bordeaux

October 7, 2017


Bordeaux makes nearly every style of wine. Some of it is outstanding, and a lot of it isn’t! In this class we will dive into the wines of Bordeaux, discussing history, the Banks, the communes, and how to get the best wines for your money. We’ll try white Bordeaux and reds from the Left Bank and Right Bank, and we’ll talk about (but not try because it’ll put a hole in your pocket!) Sauternes, the famed sweet wine. After this class, you should be able to shop comfortably for all these wines and get the best you can for your budget!

$40.00 Add to cart

Pinot Noir Around the World

October 21, 2017


Oh, Pinot! The heartbreak grape, this one is a pain for growers and producers…and for us when we get a thin, acidic version. In this class we’ll discuss the ins and outs of Pinot Noir – and the reality of what it can be and what it often is. Using four wines from around the world, we’ll discuss the attributes of this very terroir influenced grape, and how the style varies dramatically based on where it’s grown and by whom. This will be an eye-opening class for those who have never tried Pinot side by side by side from different regions!

Regions explored:

  • Burgundy, France
  • Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Santa Barbara, California

$40.00 Get on Waitlist

 OR Buy a Gift Certificate or a Private Wine Class

Gift Certificate


Need to get someone a gift in a hurry? Buy them a gift certificate! Forward them the code or, let us know if you want a printable gift certificate after purchase that you can give to your friend, colleague, or family member!

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Private Wine Class

Want to do a private tasting just for you and your friends? Let’s make it happen! We’ll choose the topic together, customize the event and have fun for 75 minutes with just you and yours. $300 minimum + $25 pp for more than 10 people in one location.

$300.00 Add to cart


Cancellation Policy:  Your cooperation and understanding of our cancellation policy is greatly appreciated. Registration must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the full rate of the class. In certain circumstances, you may be able to transfer the payment to an alternative future class. This is offered at the discretion of Wine For Normal People. In the event that a transfer is agreed between both parties it is understood that no further refunds or transfers will be permitted.

Gift Certificates: To redeem a gift certificate for any of the classes above, use your code or please send an email to elizabeth (at) winefornormalpeople (dot) com with the class name and I’ll register you.