The Wine Special List, one of Long Island's most engaging wine shops, has launched an educational program. Every week -- on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and on Saturdays at 8 p.m. -- owner-sommelier Michael Friedwald teaches a one-hour class designed to familiarize his customers with the world's great wines and winemakers. "I cover grape varietals, terroirs, wine-growing regions, wine profiles, and how to correctly identify the different aromas and flavors in the glass," Friedwald said.
Here's this week's lineup:
Tuesday: Napa and Sonoma (California) and the grape varietals that thrive there, how older vines have influenced these wines.
Wednesday: The wines of Sancerre and Alsace (France), including the Alsatian noble varietals and the great Loire Valley sauvignon blancs by master producers such as Pelle and Dagueneau.
Thursday: Russian River and Sonoma Coast pinot noirs and why ridges with the most maritime influence produce pinot noir with the most complexity.
Saturday: The Wines of Ribera Del Duero in Spain. Why these are some of the most difficult sites in the world to grow Vitis Vinifera and yet manage to produce some of the world's greatest wines.
Each class includes complimentary tastings of five white wines and five reds. The price is $30, and reservations are required.
The Wine Special List is at 16 Split Rock Rd., 516-558-7722, thewinespecial-list.com.