Sip & Study at the Atlanta Wine School

You drink wine at home. You attend tastings at local restaurants and wine shops. And now, you’re thirsty for more.

Expand your knowledge at the Atlanta Wine School, Georgia’s institute for wine appreciation and education.

I was recently invited to attend an evening class at the Atlanta Wine School (AWS), to learn about their programs.

Located in a shopping center on Holcomb Bridge Road just off GA 400 in Roswell, the AWS is an easy drive from Atlanta.

Any concerns about being back in a classroom will disappear when you open the door and are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine. While sipping a rosé Cava I met the other students and Michael Bryan, executive director of the AWS and our instructor for the evening.

Wine should be fun, a maxim Michael embraces at the AWS. With numerous wine certifications it’s clear Michael is highly qualified, yet he’ll still admit to drinking white zinfandel when he was less experienced.

After helping ourselves to a plate of cheese and other light bites, we took our seats.

The evening’s class was targeted at beginners, with the aim to take people from describing a wine as either “yum” or “yuck” to confidently using wine vocabulary to talk about what they’re drinking.

As we went through the three whites and three reds Michael discussed techniques for holding, sniffing and tasting the wine. With the aid of a projector screen he told us the aromas and flavors that characterize the six varieties in our glasses.

Michael’s style of teaching is engaging yet laid back. Questions were encouraged, and the evening felt more like a conversation than a class.

No matter your experience with wine, there’s always more to learn. From novices to seasoned sippers, there’s a class to match your knowledge level and interest. The AWS also offers classes for people in the trade and aspiring winemakers.

Anti OTPers may be a bit hesitant to make the trip out to Roswell but the quality of the classes and the amount of knowledge you’ll gain are worth the drive.

For even more in depth knowledge you can travel to wine regions around the world with the AWS. Upcoming trips include Napa, Oregon and Tuscany. You can also work with the AWS to design your own wine trip.

The Atlanta Wine School is located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, Georgia. (770) 668-0435