Learn About Wine and Spirits at Upcoming House Wine Classes

Looking for a fun and intimate environment where you can learn how to make your own cocktails? Cocktails at House Wine is a series of six classes led by local mixologist Cris Dehlavi. The class begins on February 9 and runs for six continuous Saturdays, ending on March 16, and it takes place at House Wine in Worthington. Whether you're interested in bartending or you'd simply like to learn more about classic cocktails, this course is for you. Not only will you get to enjoy a lineup of cocktails, but you will learn the story and techniques behind each one of them. Cris Dehlavi is the head bartender at M at Miranova, where she has been shaking and stirring cocktails since 2002. A BarSmarts Advanced Certified Mixologist, Cris is the brand mixologist for Middle West Spirits, regional ambassador for St. Germain and Ohio Secretary for the U.S. Bartender's Guild. In addition to being invited as an apprentice to Tales of the Cocktail for the last three years, she was named Best Bartender by 614 Magazine and was the winner of the Iron Bartender Columbus.

To sign up for one class or the entire series, visit cocktailswithcris.eventbrite.com. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect each week:

February 9: Mixology 101

History of cocktails and cocktail basics, including glassware, tools, importance of measuring, mixers, ice and more.

February 16: Vodka

You'll learn about the different types of vodka and taste OYO made by local spirits producer Middle West Spirits.

February 23: Gin

Learn about the history of gin in the U.S., how gin is made and the different types.

March 2: Rum and Tequila

Find out what classifies a spirit as rum or tequila and where they come from.

March 9: Whiskey

Learn about this broad category, including the difference between Bourbon, Tennessee, Irish, Canadian and Scotch.

March 16: The Next Level Class

Learn how to create your own signature drinks at home.


Wine 101

If you're a casual wine drinker who wants to learn more about wine, join House Wine owner and Certified Sommelier Donnie Austin for Wine 101, a class of tasting and learning about sparkling, white, rose, red and fortified wines. The class takes place in House Wine's casual, interactive atmosphere where you can ask questions and learn everything from how the wines are made to the main varietals, wine terminology and more. This popular class is already full for February and March, but sign-up is still open for April. Visit wine101.eventbrite.com.

For more information about House Wine, visit www.housewine.biz or for information about upcoming wine tastings and other events, go to http://visitworthingtonohio.com/calendar/.