Wine Classes


Join us for wine class! 

These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in our Enoteca. Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement the wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team.

Can’t join us on Saturday or have a large group? Private classes are available on an ad-hoc basis for parties of 6 or more people. 

Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity, 3% admin fee and tax.

To make a reservation, please email or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559 ext. 2. 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm  

Wine Myths, $60 – Saturday, May 4, 2019
A darker rose is sweeter than a lighter rose. Red wine should only be enjoyed at room temperature. Red wine has more sulfites than white wine. These are just a few of the wine myths we will “debunk,” while enjoying some tasty Italian wine.

Produttori Del Barbaresco, $145 – Saturday, May 11, 2019
Circa 1958 this wine cooperative is a “must know” of Northern Italy. Their commitment to terroir and traditional wine making approaches result in classic Barbarescos. Their wines are everything a nebbiolo should be: timeless and elegant. We will try a horizontal tasting of their single-vineyard Barbarescos!

Back to the Basics, $60 – Saturday, May 18, 2019 
Unfamiliar with Italian wines? This will be a fun crash course on some of our favorite Italian wines. We’ll cover some of the basics of grape varieties and wine making and sip on some tasty wines.

Orange Wines, $75 – Saturday, May 25, 2019
What is orange wine? Why is it called “orange”? We will discuss this cool style of wine, while trying some Italian versions of orange wine. You will want to be in the know as orange wine is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S.

Tuscan and Piemonte Whites, $60 – Saturday, June 1, 2019
While Piemonte and Toscana are both applauded for their reds’, they also make impressive white wines. In this wine class, we will explore white wines from these regions of Italy. Vermentino, Arneis, and Timorasso are just a few of the grape varietals used to produce these often under-appreciated wines.

Rosè, $60 – Saturday, June 8, 2019
Summer is officially upon us!!! We are going to try some of the easy sipping wines that are usually enjoyed during the warmer months of the year. We will sip on this food friendly wine and nibble on some Italian cheese. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Modern vs. Traditional, $75 – Saturday, June 15, 2019
You may have heard these two terms, but what the heck does that mean? These two diverging approaches to wine making used to be more black and white, but now the differences are more nuanced. We will talk about what, historically, these two camps stand for and taste wines belonging to both.

Sassicaia, $350 – Saturday, June 22, 2019
If you don’t immediately recognize this name then maybe you have heard of the style of wine referred to as “Super Tuscans”. Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia is widely known as the original Super Tuscan. This OG wine by this world-renown producer is one you will have the fortune of trying in this class. We will try several different vintages side-by-side and talk about the Super Tuscan movement.

Picnic Wines, $60 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Planning on hosting or attending a summer shin dig and want to bring along some wine? We will try some examples of easy drinking styles of wines that are sure to please. Light, dry whites along with juicy crisp reds. Easy drinkers along with wines that pair well with our favorite summer dishes.

Maceration, $75 – Saturday, July 6, 2019
Maceration (n.): a period of time during the wine-making process in which the crushed grape skins are allowed to remain in contact with the grape juice (must) to extract desired phenolic compounds. And what does this portent? Today we we’ll find out!

Summer Whites, $60 – Saturday, July 13, 2019
Tired of ordering “Pinot Grigio,” or “Sauvignon Blanc,” when you go out to eat? We will taste you on some delicious white wine alternatives to the ones you already know. These lesser-known Italian white wines will soon become your go-tos because they are just that good. 

Northern Reds, $125 – Saturday, July 20, 2019
From Piemonte in the West, to Veneto in the East, there are beautiful reds coming from Northern Italy. Barolo and Amarone are a few of the styles you can expect to try in this “red wine lovers” class. Accompanied with some meats and cheeses this is a sure way to keep your Saturday tasty!

Organic and Biodynamic, $60 – Saturday, July 27, 2019
We all know the difference between a normal apple and an organic apple, but what does it mean for wine to be organic? The answer is different based on the wines country of origin. Is organic wine the same as biodynamic? We will explore what these two terms mean and taste five wines that are organic and/or biodynamic (often they are both!).


To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559 ext. 2.

Private Wine Classes
Can’t make one of our public sessions? Looking for a special event? Private wine classes are available for groups of 6+ guests. For more information, please contact our team at

Further Questions
If you have any further questions, please email us at or call us at 212-995-9559.


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