Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers will be offering a schedule of wine education seminars March through June. Paige Donahoo and LeeAnn Mercando, both certified wine specialists with Stew Leonard’s Wines, will be teaching the wine education seminars. During each two-hour seminar, attendees will learn about the wine topic at hand from a Stew Leonard’s certified wine specialist while tasting multiple selections. Eight wines will be tasted during each class and paired with international cheeses and charcuterie.

Tickets for wine classes are $40 (10% off two or more tickets) and can be purchased in advance at the store or over the phone via credit card. There is a 30 person maximum per class. A 24-hour notice of cancellation is required for refunds.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, March 20, 2009; 7-9pm
Wine 101
Learn how to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro while tasting and evaluating four best-selling reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chianti and Pinot Noir) and whites (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling).

Friday, March 27, 2009; 7-9pm
New World vs. Old World
Learn the characteristic differences between Old World wines from the cooler climates of Europe and the warmer climates of younger regions, such as the United States, Australia and South America. California Cabernet, Syrah and Chardonnay will be tasted and compared to their European counterparts.

Friday, April 24, 2009; 7-9pm
The Growing Popularity of Spanish Wines
Spanish wines have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, as the region grows outstanding wines at great prices. Learn about and taste both traditional Spanish varietals, such as Rioja and Tempranillo, and up and coming, but lesser-known grapes like Monastrell.

Friday, June 5, 2009; 7-9pm
Italian Wines: As Hot as Ever
Italy is a country rich in wine history and tradition, with multiple growing regions and countless varieties to choose from. Learn about wines from the various regions, including the best Chiantis and hot and trendy Super-Tuscans.