Cook Street will pour out wine and knowledge in its new Wine Annex

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking has educated many aspiring chefs -- and now the school wants to do the same for aspiring sommeliers, as well as those who simply want to learn more about wine.

On July 26, Cook Street will open its Wine Annex, a space within the school where it will offer wine classes.

"We've always had a wine cellar, but it was separate from the school," says Cook Street chief operating officer Terry Freeman. "It makes more sense for us to have a space to integrate into the school."

The annex will offer two kinds of courses: professional classes for those attending the culinary school and four or five night classes a month for anyone with a recreational interest in wine. "What we try and do is provide approachable classes for the novice who wants to know about wine, to the person who wants to know about wine and food and focus on the pairings, and to those who really want to know about wine regionally and learn about a specific region in Italy or France," says Freeman.

Cook Street instructors, including recreational wine teacher Thomas Allen, will lead the majority of the classes, but guest instructors with specific specialties will be featured, too. The Annex will also be available for corporate events, parties and lunch meetings, with wifi access and AV equipment available as well as food and wine tastings.

The unveiling on July 26 will include several stations where guests can taste wine and meet some of the instructors who will be teaching the classes. "We have a wine expertise we want to share with the general public and let them know that it's there," notes Freeman. "The space is more about a place that's centered around a culinary environment where you can receive education pertaining specifically to wine."

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