Seattle Wine School


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Washington vs. Napa: Wine SmackDown! Class, April 21st, 7-9pm SPECIAL! $35

It’s time for a Washington state v/s Napa valley Wine SmackDown!

I couldn’t begin to count the times someone has asked me how Washington wines stack up to those from other regions, particularly Napa valley. While we’re certainly proud of our local juice it can be pretty intimidating to consider matching them to some of the famous glam-vins of Napa. So I think its time to lay down the gauntlet and let the corks fly. This Monday at the Seattle Wine School at the Elliott Wine Outlet I will match up wines from both regions and see what happens.

The class will begin with a brief overview of each wine region before the various varietals will be tasted blind and discussed in class. We’ll see who can guess which wines are from where. Anyone who can place all the wines will win a bottle of wine. So taste for yourself and make up your own mind. Let the games begin!

Wine 101, April 28th, 7-9pm $65

I wish I had a class like this when I was starting my career in the wine industry. Back then there were no classes available to learn the basics of wine. It took me years just to figure out how to approach this vast and complicated subject. That is why I created this class and why I believe it is so important to anyone trying to understand wine. I will break out the different areas of study and give an overview of each along with advice about how to begin your studies.

Please call 206-285-1129 or email to register for classes. Please note, your credit card number is needed to hold your reservation. CANCELLATION POLICY: We require a minimum 48 hour notice prior to the start of the class to cancel your reservation. If a cancellation is made after 48hrs, we’ll charge your card for the full amount of the class. Thank you for your understanding.


Read about your host – One moment please…

Richard Kinssies began his career in the wine industry in 1972 and is the most visible wine authority on the Northwest wine scene today. Today, Kinssies works independently as a wine and food writer, a wine consultant and as owner and operator of the Seattle Wine School.

Kinssies has been a wine journalist since 1976. He has been the wine columnist for the daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1981. He also writes currently for other regional and national publications.

As a consultant, Kinssies provides a range of services including consulting to members of the restaurant industry, advising internet grocery stores, valuing wine cellars and hosting special events. Because of his international reputation, Kinssies is frequently called upon as a wine judge and as a lecturer in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has also served as a celebrity instructor for tours and cruise ships.

Through the Seattle Wine School, Kinssies offers a wide variety of classes and seminars on wine and wine related topics to both consumers and wine and food professionals. In addition to these classes, Kinssies has provided training to restaurants and members of the wholesale and retail wine trade and has been retained by the French government to instruct the wine trade on the wines of France.

Along with his other activities, from February 1996 through April 1999, Kinssies owned and operated the highly-acclaimed Vina, a wine bar and restaurant, located in Seattle’s Belltown district.

Kinssies is also a familiar personality on local television and radio. From 1991 to 1993, he was featured in “The Wine Guys” which aired weekly on KIRO-TV, Seattle’s CBS affiliate. From 1981 through 1988, Kinssies hosted the popular “Speaking of Wine” radio program that aired six evenings a week on classic KING-FM. He also hosted, from 1985 through 1988, “Inside Dining with Richard Kinssies,” a two-hour talk show aired on talk radio KING-1090 AM that featured interviews with great chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors and wine luminaries.

Kinssies began his career by turning a small Seattle-area wine shop into the what was largest chain of wine shops in the Pacific Northwest at that time. He was also responsible for helping a major grocery chain transform a jug wine business into one of the largest sources for premium wine in the country.

CONTACT: Richard Kinssies at the Wine Outlet, 946 Elliot Ave W., Seattle, WA 98119
Telephone: (206)285-1129
Facsimile: (206) 285-1277