Some of you wanted a post-mortem on this, so here we go. Took a class tonight at Summerhill LCBO, it was $25 to sign up. There were about 15 people there, in a small tasting room at the back, with one product consultant with us. We tasted 6 drinks - 2 whites, a beer, 2 reds, a port. They provided water and bread for palette-cleansing purposes. The course was 90 minutes plus (the consultant answered questions, etc, afterward) and was, overall, very informative. He went through the steps in tasting - appearance, aroma, taste, finish, etc. He gave us hints as to what to look for, smell for, taste for, etc.and also gave good information about general characteristics of various kinds of wine. By the end, I couldn't neccessarily distinguish eveything, and I hate port, but I definately learned how to label or pick out some of the things I taste/like in wines. Definately worth the money, a great date event, or just the sort of thing that would be fun to do to learn more and become wiser consumers - when you know how to describe what you like in a wine accurately, then you can ask for it more readily at the store or in (better) restaurants. Am definately going to try more classes in the future!