The Village Wine Merchant

An Oasis in The North Shore Wine Desert

The Village Wine Merchant offers a carefully curated collection of wine and spirits at all price points that can be hand-selected to fit your taste and budget. Located in Sea Cliff, Long Island, we offer help with food pairings, events, wine education classes and custom gift baskets. 

The College of Wine Knowledge 2018 Classes

Get real experience tasting and learn all things related to wine. How to taste, what makes wines different, understanding wine terms, how to navigate a restaurant wine list, food and wine pairings, what to serve to your guests at a dinner party. We'll cover all that and more and, of course, we'll taste.

These workshops are fun, unpretentious, informative and suitable for wine enthusiasts of all levels.

Hosted by Michael Amendola, Co-Owner and Wine Director of The Village Wine Merchant. Michael has led hundreds of wine tastings, contributed educational articles and blogs for several wine publications, and has been happily sharing his knowledge and passion for wine with people for more than 15 years. 

Understanding Bordeaux

Thursday, January 18th, 7pm

Bordeaux is one of the largest wine regions in the world, producing more wine than some countries. On this night we'll focus on the reds which means Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc among others. Join us to get an on hand understanding of the appellations within Bordeaux and what they mean as we taste different expressions and styles of wine. $45

How To Navigate A Restaurant Wine List

Thursday, February 8th, 7pm

Ordering in restaurants can be overwhelming and confusing. We'll take the frustration out of it as we sample styles of wine typically found on restaurant lists.We'll look at and discuss the wine lists of several current restaurants and give you strategies of how to choose wines that pair well with your meal while getting most value for your dollar.  $45

Natural Wines

Thursday, March 15th, 7pm

Investigate the hot subject of "natural wines" which are increasingly getting more attention. We'll examine the philosophies of natural winemaking including sustainable, organic, and biodynamic techniques and of course we'll taste. These are interesting wines and this is a fun night of tasting! $45

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful, The Chardonnay Class

Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm

Chardonnay has become THE most misunderstood grape varietal by the average consumer. It's a noble grape and makes more different styles of dry wine than any other, including the most famous White Burgundies and Blanc de Blancs Champagne. The unfamiliarity of different styles is what causes the confusion. Join us on this night as we shed a light on the various expressions of beautiful Chardonnay. $45

*Class size is limited. Payment reserves your spot and is non-refundable. If you must cancel your reservation you can receive credit to attend a future class. 


Monday 12:00pm to 8:00pm  •  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm  •  Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm


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