Guided Wine Experiences

Enjoy an in-depth guided wine presentation with Jennie Thornton. Explore six different wines in a communal setting, including wines that aren’t usually offered by the glass. Great for groups and individuals alike. Experiences are offered Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm. $30 per person with a small snack plate included.

Jennie Thornton
Vara’s Wine & Spirit Educator

Learn from Jennie and her passion for wine and the wine experience. With over twenty years of wine education and sales acumen in both the US and abroad, Jennie will guide guests in varietal knowledge and provide a wider scope of taste and understanding with each sip. Jennie joined Vara’s team in 2021 and previously taught Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) curriculum at the International Wine Center in NYC. Her resume includes an impressive scope of work at Constellation Brands global wine company coordinating the US to UK sales market and, during her time in London, she attained the rigorous WSET Diploma. Her wine career began in Napa at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as a Wine Educator & Cellar Worker. In addition to her wine expertise, Jennie also was a working chef in Europe and her knowledge of gastronomy aids her teaching style.

Wine Tasting Testimonials

Jennie makes wine education accessible and fun by sharing a lot of knowledge in a useful way. Food pairings were perfect and for a white wine drinker, the reds were my favorite.”
Robert, Las Vegas, NV

I really enjoyed my guided wine tasting with Jennie Thornton. She explained how Vara is sourcing incredible grapes in New Mexico as well as talked us through their process of selecting high quality grapes from Spain and California.”
Sean, Albuquerque, NM

We went to a wine tasting at Vara as a birthday celebration, and it couldn’t have been any better! The staff was great, and so were the wines.”
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