While wine country is indeed beautiful this time of year (Sonoma Mission Inn, how we miss you!), we’re looking to get our sip on without the six-hour flight. While our love affair with wine started in utero, our taste is not as refined as we would like. After spending one too many nights with Two Buck Chuck, we’ve decided to hone our oenophilia. Tonight, the Alliance Française is holding the first of six classes in its Wine Tour de France, and we simply can’t afford to miss it. Tonight’s class focuses on Burgundies: we’ll learn about the terroir and soil mineralogy with dashing sommelier John Ragan, the wine director at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Keeping our eyes on Mr. Ragan’s bedimpled grin, we’ll swirl our glass and bat our lashes, fostering trés refined wine-buzz in the process. A l’art de vivre!
A Wine Tour de France 2012: Classic French Wines, Burgundy, FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street, 7 p.m. Tickets, from $83, available at http://www.fiaf.org/events/winter2012/2012-01-30-wine-burgundy.shtml.