Pboop I shoulda told you earlier. I got off the wait list not too long ago.
There was some douchebag that kept guessing obscure grapes from Italy.
Italy scares the crap out of me too.
TIL I still have no idea what picpoul cinsault aligote or even Pinot meunière taste like on their own much less add and that I know very little about the new world except the us. Couldn't even guess the syrah although I could probably count with one had the number of times I've had it.
What I appreciate the most is the blind deductive tastings with three well experienced knowledgeable master sommeliers. The class analyzes first and then offers a guess and then we get to see what the wine actually was
and more often than not we guess right. We did only taste wines faithful in typicity tho some of which were the first I've ever had like a chinon. The sommeliers then guide you through what typical wines are like and shoot down suggested wines (eg it couldn't have been a Riesling cuz the stone fruits really aren't there, there's too much vegetable notes etc). They also reinforce tricky beginner concepts like high acidity hiding behind high sugar, sweet vs fruity, intensity of color, viscosity (honestly this one is IMO misleading and maybe semiretarded and possibly useless. It's not like looking at legs does something different or better than tasting).
The knowledge portion of the class is whatever. You could pick that stuff up reading a book. The guided tasting is irreplaceable.