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Wine and the Rise of Western Civilization Part 1

March 1, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A gate set in a stone wall overlooks a hillside vineyard

We will study the history and impact of wine making culture from ancient Persia and Asia Minor through the 16th century Renaissance.

This class will cover:
1. From East to West: The Movement of Wine Culture
We will trace wine’s progression from its earliest discovery in Persia, now Iran, along trade routes to the West.

2. Ancient Egypt and the Holy Land: Wine as the Divine
Wine is embedded into the cultural and religious lives of the people that occupied ancient lands.

3. The Greeks: Wine Fueled Democracy
We will tell the story of how wine and Greek symposia began democratic development.

stylized photo of many glasses of red wine on marble table top

About the Instructor:

Edward Jurkiewicz is distinctively qualified to teach wine because of over four decades of professional knowledge as a wine merchant and educator.
Ed’s Sicilian grandfather and great uncle had vineyards south of Buffalo and he spent his teenage years tying, pruning, and picking concord, niagara and catawba grapes. His grandfather taught him that wine belonged on the table, sharing its joy with family and friends.
In the 1980s Ed began his career running a small liquor and wine shop in Buffalo and soon moved to an older established store. There, owner Albert Pepe’ took Ed under his wing guiding his love of wine and commerce. Eventually, Burt Natorius tapped Ed to run his tasting room, guide collectors, and teach wine classes at his Premier Store in Buffalo. Additionally, Ed produced and hosted “Good Legs” a wine show on WWKB radio 1520 showcasing Western NY and Canadian winemakers and guiding his audience with wine and food pairings. Upon retirement Ed moved to the Finger Lakes, a wine region he has helped promote and champion since the early 1980s.
Ed received his degree in history from D’Youville College with his thesis titled “The History of Merritt Estate Winery.” He continues his interest in Finger Lakes wine history and education as host of a podcast with WPIE Ithaca and his blog “Wine Stories.”
Ed speaks several languages and grows heirloom tomatoes.

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Date and Time:

Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 12:30PM – 2:00PM


New York Kitchen

Wine Spectator Theater

800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424


Edward Jurkiewicz


  • All guests must wear closed toe shoes when attending a class in our Hands-On Kitchens.
  • Guests must be age 12 or older to attend classes in our Hands on Kitchens. Guests ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Guests must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. I.D. IS REQUIRED.
  • Recipes are developed using common ingredients which may or may not be specified in the title including flour, nuts, spices, fruits, vegetables, etc. If you have a food allergy, please call the Front Desk to discuss your options BEFORE registering for a class. Adjustments to recipes cannot be made.
  • Recipes are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • To ensure the safety of you and those around you, all guests are asked to give their full attention to the Chef Instructor as they cover important kitchen cooking skills and tips.
  • NYK reserves the right to ask guests that are intoxicated, behaving in an unsafe manner or that pose a risk to leave the classroom.

Cancellation Policy:

  • You may cancel your registration for a class up to 72 hours in advance of the class start time and receive a full refund or transfer to another class of equal value. In the event of illness or another extenuating circumstance that falls within the 72-hour window, NYK will issue a gift card or transfer you to another class of equal value.  No refund will be issued.  NYK allows a maximum of two class transfers per calendar year.  Groups of six or more that register for a class are bound by a 7-day cancellation policy rather than a 72-hour policy.
  • No Show Policy: NYK will not refund for no‐shows if a guest books a class reservation and attendees do not show. The 72-hour cancellation policy (see policy above) applies.
  • NYK reserves the right to cancel any class that fails to attract sufficient enrollment, or due to educator illness or inclement weather. We will contact you by phone or email and issue a full refund or you may request to be transferred to another class of your choice (depending on availability and value).
Ticket Price: $20.00


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03.01.2020 - Wine & the Rise of Western Civilization Part 1$20.00

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March 1, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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