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Wine Tasting at The Chopping Block

The Chopping Block is proud to partner with Fine Vintage, to bring the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to Chicago.

The WSET is the "gold standard" in wine education, offering certification courses that are recognized around the world as formal qualifications in wine. The UK-based WSET runs courses in 55 countries and has appointed Fine Vintage to provide the courses in several cities, including Chicago.

If you are interested in expanding your wine knowledge while gaining the ability to converse, serve and shop for wine with confidence, you will receive a first class experience of expert instruction and exceptional wines.

James Cluer, one of only 312 Masters of Wine in the world and only 38 in North America, is the founder of Fine Vintage and has put together a team of the most knowledgeable wine experts in the United States.

Class fee includes all textbooks, wine tasting glasses, course materials, wine samples throughout the course and the WSET exam.

Bookings for Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now being accepted online. Visit Fine Vintage for the upcoming class schedule.

From wineries in California to France to Canada and even Mount Everest, James travels the world tasting the finest wines to bring them to his students. Find out how altitude affects the taste of wine at the top of the world in James' Mount Everest video.


Watch all of James' Wine Route videos.

Hand-Picked Wine SelectionShop our Hand-Picked Selection

The Chopping Block offers a global selection of hand-selected fine wines at both locations. Our list is all about thinking out of the box, so you won't see these wines on just any store shelves. Since we focus on cooking, our wines have been selected for their food-friendliness. You'll find the perfect pairing for any meal in our Sub-Zero temperature-controlled coolers.

View our current retail wine list.

Private Wine EventHost a Private Wine Event

Perfect for both social and corporate occasions, our wine tastings can be custom designed to take you on a tour of France, Napa or beyond. Kick off your cooking event with a wine tasting exploring the region of your event's featured cuisine, or host a party that fully focuses on wine and all of its glorious attributes.

Request information about our private wine events.

Wine AcademyLearn More about Wine

The Chopping Block offers wine classes for every level of oenophile. Our instructors are skilled at providing a wide range of expert vino knowledge on a layman's level. From Wine Tasting 101 to our Sommelier Series, our classes bring you delicious wine with tasting notes and interesting facts, as well as fun-filled evenings. You will taste your way through vinous enlightenment!

Our Wine Academy program is an experience that will increase your grape knowledge and perhaps elevate your status to "wine geek". These six-week classes offer a solid foundation in wine tasting and sensory evaluation, how wine is made, the major grape varieties and vinification styles and food and wine pairing. With two different levels offered, Wine Academy is designed for those working in the food and wine industry or serious wine lovers.

Bieler Pere et Fils RoséWhat We're Drinking Now

Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé 2013, Provence, France

This delicious, dry rosé is Syrah-driven (55%) blended with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Grenache. This rich, deeply colored wine is perfect for a warm summer evening on the patio with mild cheeses and a Niçoise salad. It is beautifully crisp and flavorful on the palate with medium body and notes of red berries, bing cherries, spinch and no oak. The finish is long and refreshing. It's a true warm weather gem!

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