Cheers! Detroit Wine School Launches in Midtown


The Detroit Wine School, at 71 Garfield in Midtown’s historic Sugar Hill Arts District, will debut on Jan. 25. The school will offer classes, events, consulting, and travel opportunities for novices and experts alike.

Classes will cover food and wine pairings, blind tastings, and Michigan vs. New World. Students can also elect to take a series of courses, which include classes about “The Fundamentals of Wine” and “Great Wine Countries of the World.” Other events include a “Somm Slam,” Wine Olympics, and starting up a winery.

Instructors and staff members will offer various levels of certification from accredited wine programs including the Society of Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers. For example, Director Mindy Lopus — former owner of Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro and Bella Piatti in Birmingham, and Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park — earned her Certified Wine Professional certification from the Culinary Institute of America’s Professional Wine Program.

In related news, Whole Foods Market is opening a teaching kitchen at 3670 Woodward, near Mack, while a new building at Woodward and Willis is under development and will include Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design and Education.

In addition, a five-story medical office building has been proposed at 3800 Woodward, while Wayne State University and Broder and Sachse Real Estate Services will soon start work on a $60-million, nine-story structure at Cass and Canfield that will include 248 apartments, 19,000 square feet of retail space, a 120-room hotel, and a 300-person conference center. The project is expected to open in spring 2016.

For more information about the Detroit Wine School, visit or call 313-279-5499.

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