Warm-ups (conversation and libations) begin at 6 p.m. and classes begin at 6:30 sharp. All classes require reservations so call TCS at 515.528.8181 well in advance of the class you covet. They sell out fast. Because they are just that fabulous.

Nov. 7:  Cheese Shop election, $45

Why let the crazies have all the fun? We're hosting our own election — with booze and way better hair — here at TCS. There'll be 8 wines on the ballot — 4 red and 4 white (fresh out of blue though). Tastes them all and vote for your favorite. Drink up because on Nov. 8, there's no telling what could happen.

Nov. 14:  Cheese 101, $35

Learn all about the seven styles of cheese — fresh, bloomy, washed-rind, semi-soft, semi-firm, hard, and blue — and demystify the cheese counter. Two glasses of wine are also included in the class. 

Nov. 21: Best Case Wines, $40

Our buddy Robert Morey will be leading all you Francophiles through his new wines, just in time for Thanksgiving quaffing.

Nov. 28: Wines & Finds, $50

C.J. and Marcus Walsh will be helping you plan all the goodies for your holiday get-togethers. They've been scouring the good eats and drinks universe for the best of the best to celebrate the season. With his usual poetic turn of phrase, C.J. notes that the class will be "loaded with awesome stuff!"