What The Educated Grape offers you, the Wine Enthusiast...
We are excited to have launched our brand new virtual tasting course, Around the Tasting Table! We also offer winemaker Masterclasses throughout the year.
Virtual Group Tastings
We work with you to create interesting, interactive, and memorable virtual group tastings. We look forward to working with your group!
About The Educated Grape
The Educated Grape is a dynamic wine education and consulting company created by wine industry veteran, George Staikos. We are devoted to enhancing the wine and food appreciation of passionate enthusiasts and growing the business of family-owned, hand-crafted wineries.
Our educational wine programs are based on creating interactive events with great content for passionate wine lovers with the goal of enhancing wine appreciation.
Our synergy with our winery partners is fueled with the desire to convey their story, message and strategy with the goal of growing their business.
My wine journey started 32 years ago in Miami, Florida as a hospitality student and restaurant manager in Key Biscayne. Upon graduating, I dedicated my career in the 1990's to developing award-winning wine programs for Four Seasons Hotels in exciting markets like Washington DC, New York City, and Santa Barbara. It was a special decade for fine wine as it was the birth of many of California's top producers and cult wines; wine quality was soaring and wine enthusiasts were taking notice. After earning my Sommelier certification, I moved to New Jersey to run the food and beverage operation, and wine program at the only Five Diamond Hotel in the Hilton Corporation; Hilton Short Hills. This era was the genesis of desire and passion to dedicate my career to wine! In the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to run sales and marketing for tremendous California family owned wineries- Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Quintessa and Ramey Wine Cellars... traveling the country, getting to know avid wine enthusiasts like you, hosting events in some of the top restaurants in the US, and tasting wines and working with many of the industry's most talented people.
The decade of the 2000's also marked my start as a Professor of Wine Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and the start of my wine education company, The Educated Grape. In developing The Educated Grape, I have realized my goal of dedicating my life's work to enhancing and inspiring wine enthusiasts to gain greater enjoyment through education and experiences. Whether through my wine classes, virtual group events, webinars or consulting, The Educated Grape's ultimate goal is to educate and increase your confidence leading to greater appreciation!
"The Sign of a Good Teacher
...is a person that is an expert in his field and can convey that vast knowledge to others in a meaningful way. George accomplishes this with his relaxed presentation manner, wine selections, maps, and fact sheets. You could not ask for anything more from a wine class experience!"
- Susan in NJ
We cannot wait to connect with you and create
Wine & Food memories!
We strive to reach everyone wherever they are on their wine journey. To get in contact with us and to start your personal wine journey, please...Email Us!