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Guided Wine Tastings

Experience 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. Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 11:30am and 1:30pm. $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, Jenie 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 and class experience.


Vara Tasting Experiences

Guided Tasting Experience with Jennie Thornton

Two Seatings
Tuesday — Friday
Reservations recommended
Tasting of 6 Wines
Individual cheese board included
1 — 12 Guests. Instructor led, wine education, formal tasting, 60-minutes
$30 per person    Click Here to Reserve ONLINE

Walk-In Informal Tastings

Tuesday — Friday
11am to 2pm
Reservations not required
Spirits & Wine Menu, 4 Wines or Spirits Flights as currently offered
Tasting Flights are $14, drinks & cocktails range $8 — $14
Cheese Board, including Dauphinoise & Manchego cheese, Chorizo, Marcona Almonds, raspberries, and Lahvosh cracker bread — $8
Members and a guest receive one free tasting flight per month.


Restaurant menu not available during our Tasting Hours. Our dining menu is offered Wednesday — Friday from 4 to 8pm and Saturday from 12 to 8pm.

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.”
OpenTable Review