- Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E. 13th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 646-873-6071
Master sommelier Laura Maniec had the notion that her wine bar and workshop would offer classes in the manner of a yoga studio: affordable (as low as $50 a pop), commitment-free (no need to sign up for a multi-class series), and unintimidating (subjects like Bubbles Before Brunch). On Friday afternoons, blind tastings are an even more accessible wine-education alternative: $15 buys a flight of reds or whites and a knowledgeable barkeep to quiz you on the particulars of taste. But Corkbuzz isn’t only for novices. Once you get initiated, you can dig into more advanced seminars on French Burgundies, seasonal pairings, and “the technique of wine enjoyment.”
Best Wine Class
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).