The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

Photograph by Owen Franken

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Learn to sniff, swirl and slurp. "A book without a glass and a bottle is hopeless," says Ritchie. "When you know why you don't like a wine, you can make more-educated decisions."

$200: Napa/Bordeaux Shootout, wine tasting of at least six wines from these areas (tastings are $50 to $100 per event) -- Musings on the Vine

$290: Wine Appreciation 101, class by Paul Malagrifa, in Brookline, Mass. Four two-hour sessions, includes class, plus $50 wine fee for tastings -- Brookline Adult & Community Education

Running tally: $1,385