Escalier Beverage offers in-home (or office, or rented party space) wine classes designed to be both fun and educational. We bring the glasses, materials, and tools to teach you how to taste wine like a Somm, or perhaps how to open a Champagne bottle like a pro, or maybe you just want to understand French Wine labels when you go to pick out a bottle with dinner.
All classes are led by a Court of Master Certified Sommelier of wine. Classes are 1.5 hours in length, with lots of information, but also lots of time for tasting and trying in there, too. Class topics can be somewhat customized to your group if there is something within the class that you would like to focus more on than other parts, but generally classes have a broad theme such as ‘How to taste wine like a pro,’ ‘Champagne,’ or, “Understanding French Wine Labels.” Our classes are fantastic for groups of 4-20 and often tie well into a party occasion such as a Birthday, Bachelorette or Engagement Party, Bridal
Shower, or just as a reason to get your Gang together for wine night!
All classes are led by a Court of Master Certified Sommelier of wine. We bring glassware, bottle opening tools, and a workbook for each participant. During the 1.5 hour class, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, try out some new skills and taste wines corresponding to the topic at hand. To set up your class simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a date, time, location (we can help if you want to host your class somewhere other than a residence), estimated number of attendees and which of the following classes you are most interested in: 1. How to taste wine like a Somm 2. Champagne 101 (most popular!) 3. Understanding French Wine 4. Spotting the best value wine on the shelf
We will confirm availability and will send you a list of wines that are easily found at most wine shops along with a recommendation on how much to buy. Please note that the host must purchase all wine to be served (Pesky ABC laws!!) as we are legally unable to provide alcohol for the class. We will provide you the direct cellphone number of your class Somm to text or call while shopping if you have any questions. A few days before your class, we will ask you to confirm which wines you have chosen so that we may best incorporate them into the lesson. We bring everything your group needs to have an enjoyable and educational time. There’s just one little thing we ask: if we will be part of a celebration, please make us the first event of the evening. Classes are much more fun and everyone learns more if the open bar is saved for after wine class! Don’t worry, no one will limit the size of your taste pours!
1-10 participants $200
10-20 participants $250
Keepsake Wine Key $8 each
Keepsake Wine Glass $12 each
Prices do not include tax. Locations outside of the Greater Indianapolis area may require a modest additional travel fee. Tipping of your Somm for exceeding expectations is appreciated but never expected.
Ariel Reed, CS is a seasoned service industry professional who became fascinated by what separates a mediocre guest experience from an exceptional one. She began her service industry career as a server in Upstate New York and has since held a myriad of positions, most recently as the Sommelier at the historic Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY, and previously as a distributor sales representative for a large company. She is a Certified Sommelier, a lifetime certification designated by the Court of Master Sommeliers, an international body responsible for maintaining standards of wine service. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography-Environmental Analysis and is weeks away from completing a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, both from the University of Louisville. Over the past two years, she has studied how to start and grow small businesses and has chosen to merge her two worlds by forming Escalier Beverage. She is an award winning presenter and has enjoyed teaching many wine classes for corporate clients in the past and is excited to be offering a new way for wine lovers to become more informed in a fun, social way.
She is also a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force and is proud to say that Escalier Beverage is a Woman Veteran owned business.
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P.S. Did you know that we also consult with bars and restaurants who wish to take their wine list or service to the next level? We offer referral bonuses for any class participant who refers us to a business who becomes a client!
Indianapolis, IN and Surrounding Areas
Southern and South Central Indiana
Outside these areas? Please send a message with details regarding where you are located and the nature of services you are considering and we will do our best to work out a consultant travel plan. We have the ability to travel within the Cincinnati and Louisville areas.