Learn while you wine, or wine while you learn. Whichever you prefer, it seems Sydney is all for learning about (not just indulging in) our booze RN.
Whether you’re keen to sample the subtle similarities between a Barossa shiraz and a Montepulciano made in Queensland; to learn how to match whisky with a creamy camembert, or just DIY killer cocktails—there are loads of masterclasses coming up that’ll leave you with the sort of bar and booze know-how guaranteed to impress your all friends.
So raise a glass, and prepare to be (wine) schooled. Here are a bunch of boozy classes happening soon in Sydney!
NOMAD Wine School
Finally, NOMAD’s Director of Wine Simon Howland is here to save us all from our clumsy and clueless attempts at deciphering any and pretty much all wine lists. The Surry Hills restaurant famed for its super impressive cellar door and wine subscription service has launched its very own wine school this month, and it's called (naturally) NOMAD Wine School.
The focus is on Australian wine and winemakers, and of course, wines will be matched to NOMAD’s delicious housemade charcuterie, cheese and, for longer classes, lunch via NOMAD chef Jacqui Challinor. The vibe is fun, not fussy: shorter masterclasses will be hosted once a month on Tuesday evenings, and longer five-and-a-half hour classes will be run on Saturdays (with lunch). Oh, and you’ll be able to enjoy a little art as you learn too—NOMAD’s wine classes will take place in the gallery at China Heights (next-door to the restaurant). Book your spot here.
When: Once a month, starting Saturday 21 July and Tuesday 24 July.
Cost: $150 per person for Tuesday evening classes, $250 per person for the full Saturday wine school.
Whisky And Cheese Masterclass At The Doss House
Home to about 150 different whiskies, The Doss House is a must-visit if you’re keen to get on board with the honey-coloured spirit. Actually, it’s a must-visit if you like cheese and charcuterie, with a side of Sydney history too (the bar was once an opium den and gangster hang out). And because learning is fun, The Doss House is hosting a whisky and cheese masterclass once a month on Tuesdays, so you can finally appreciate what peat is and why it matters to whisky.
Masterclasses will be hosted by a rotating roster of whisky wizards and cheese expert Claudia Bowman (side note: check out her cheese app, Ask The Cheesemonger). Each session will run for 90 mins and will be limited to an intimate group of 16. You’ll try four whiskies, four kinds of cheese, and you get a drink on arrival too. Tickets and more info are available here.
When: Once a month, on Tuesday evenings.
Cost: $125 per person.
Gin Lane Gin School
Want to expand upon your love of the timeless, humble, failsafe G&T? Gin Lane, a little bar with a lot of gin in Chippendale, has launched a school this month too. Master mixologist Grant Collins will be sharing his expertise in the form of a rare gin tasting and a cocktail-making class.
Held by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll learn Grant’s gin and tonic secrets, as well as how to master the classics (martini, anyone?). Oh, and throughout the session, the G&Ts will be flowing, along with snacks and expertly paired cheese and charcuterie. Book your class here.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, by appointment.
Cost: $110 per person
Jacob’s Creek Kitchen Collective
Ever thought you have what it takes to battle it out on the stove on MasterChef? Well now you can give it a whirl, minus the pressure of millions watching, and with a glass of vino in hand. Huxtaburger chef (and once-upon-a-time guest chef on MasterChef) Daniel Wilson has buddied up with good people at Jacob’s Creek to give us a three-week wining and dining pop up called Kitchen Collective—and it’s basically a non-televised, just-for-fun version of Australia’s fave cooking show.
You’ll test your culinary skill against other willing participants and the clock, while enjoying a three-course meal with matching Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature wines and a flight tasting. Also cool: 100% of the proceeds will go to SecondBite, an organisation providing fresh, nutritious food for people in need. Book here.
When and where: From 27 July to 12 August, 500 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
Cost: $95 per person.
Keen to advance your culinary and kitchen skills too? Check out Sydney's best cooking schools here.
Image credit: The Doss House.