Wine & Wellness with Daniela DaSuta

During these unprecedented times, it’s more difficult than ever to stay present and relaxed. But what if you could use wine as a tool to center your mind amidst the chaos? Come virtually join local wine educator Daniela DaSuta for Wine and Wellness, a class that will offer not only tips on how to achieve mindfulness, but also recommendations on how to choose bottles without hidden additives, sneaky sugar, or other undisclosed ingredients. 

Not available to join us on Friday, but still want to contribute to our #classesforacause? Opt for a copy of the class below and we’ll send you a recording for you to enjoy on your own time!

Date: Friday, September 18th

Time: 6 p.m. CST

Where: via Zoom

Donation: $25

All donations from this event will directly benefit Vintrigue Scholarship! This scholarship will offer assistance to a furloughed beverage industry professional looking to advance their wine and spirits studies. If you’d like to make a separate donation, we are collecting funds via Venmo @DanielaDaSuta or @TheStayAtHomeSomm.

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Bottle Recommendations

To best enjoy this class, Daniela recommends picking up a bottle of any any natural, organic, or biodynamic wine!


Sauvignon Blanc From Around the World with J.R.

Sauvignon Blanc, or ‘wild white’, is one of the oldest cultivated wine grapes in the world and has worked its way into every major wine-growing country. Whether you’re familiar with the bright, charismatic wines of New Zealand, or the refined, mineral-driven classics from France, we’ll explore the subtle differences between the many identities of this universally popular grape. Join Sommelier J.R. for a global breakdown of how this “savage” variety behaves across hemispheres and beyond borders.

When: Sunday, August 23rd at 4 p.m. CST

Where: via Zoom

Donation: FREE -or- Donate What You Want

Any donations for this class will go towards providing wines and continued education for displaced service industry workers.

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Bottle Recommendations:

All of our Somms like to recommend a great wine that you can purchase beforehand to enhance your experience.  Buying a bottle is completely optional! Here are J.R.’s recommendations, available around Austin:

Classic Picks:

Unconventional Picks:

Not in Austin? Are these bottles sold out?! Pick up your favorite Sauvignon Blanc from any of these areas:

  • Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé from the Loire Valley, in France
  • Marlborough (or anywhere), in New Zealand
  • California
  • Chile
  • South Africa


Sign Up: Unconventional Wine Grapes with Paige

Most of us are familiar with grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and even Gamay… but did you know there are around 10,000 different wine grape varieties in the world? We will explore just a tiny fraction of these lesser known varieties, focusing on those that are more widely available and may even be hiding in plain sight. Grab your favorite bottle made from an offbeat grape variety, or even take a chance on a grape you have literally never heard of before and we will talk about where these grapes are cultivated, what to expect from some of these bottles, and just begin to scratch the surface of the world of wine grapes. 

When:  Sunday, August 16th at 3 p.m. CST

Where: Zoom

Donation: $25

50% of the donations from this event will benefit International Rescue Committee

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Optional Add-Ons: Please check the box below if you would like to sponsor a seat for a service industry worker looking to continue their beverage education. This add-on will be used to reserve their seat and provide a sample of wine for them to enjoy during the tasting.

Early Sign Up: August Wine Classes

Be the first to sign up for one of our online weekend wine classes taught by a sommelier! More information on each of these classes coming soon on our blog.

Aug 8th 3pm CST:

Sake 101 with Mandi of Austin Shift Meal

Aug 16th 3pm CST:

Unconventional Grape Varieties with Paige

Aug 23rd 4pm CST:

Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World with J.R.

Aug 29th 4pm CST:

Beaujolais Breakdown with Ashley


Unless otherwise indicated, each class donation is $25 and directly benefits either a hospitality focused non-profit or displaced Sommelier. Once you have completed your donation via Venmo or PayPal, your reservation will be complete. After filling out this form you should receive an email within 24 hours.

Optional Add-Ons: Please check the box below if you would like to sponsor a seat for a service industry worker looking to continue their beverage education. This add-on will be used to reserve their seat and provide a sample of wine for them to enjoy during the tasting.

Cheers! Thank you for supporting our hospitality community!

Sign Up: Sake Class with Mandi, Benefiting Austin Shift Meal

When: Saturday, August 8th at 3 p.m. CST

Donation: $25

*All donations from this event directly benefit Austin Shift Meal*

In the last month, the Stay-at-Home Somm project has pivoted to include sommelier-led beverage classes to support local non-profits. Austin Shift Meal has been providing meals for unemployed service industry workers who are facing food scarcity. Partnering with local restaurants, this initiative is organized and led by resident wonder woman, Mandi Nelson. Mandi will be guiding us through the world of Sake to raise funds for Austin Shift Meal. Sign up below FOR A RECORDING OF MANDI’S CLASS.

After filling out this form you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours:

Bottle Recommendations

Please feel free to purchase any or all of the following bottles to taste during Mandi’s class. All of these producers are available in Austin, but if you can’t find them, then any bottle of Sake made in the following styles would be a great substitute.

Style- Junmai Daiginjo

Dassai 45 – available at Austin Wine Merchant

Divine Droplets – available at Central Market

Style- Kimoto/ Yamahai

Kuro Kimoto Sake – available at Austin Wine Merchant

Cowboy Yamahai – available at Central Market

Style- Ginjo, unfiltered

Kuroushi Omachi – available at Austin Wine Merchant

Cheers! Thank you for supporting our hospitality community!

Black Professionals of Wine: Black Winemakers, Winery Owners, Importers and More

Saturday, June 13th at 12pm CST

Join Lucas and Dhruv, two of our certified sommeliers, as they highlight some of the names, the faces, and stories of amazing black professionals and their wines. We will emphasize the importance of understanding who is behind the bottle and have a conversation about the barriers black people face entering and thriving in the industry. By bringing awareness we hope to bolster black owned businesses and bring greater diversity and selection to the wine world in Austin and beyond.

This week we are pleased to announce that all donations will benefit the Austin Justice Coalition: a racial justice group that educates and builds community power for people of color who live in Austin, Texas. In an effort to make this content as accessible as possible, this class is donate-what-you-can.


New to the Stay-at-Home Somm? This project began in April 2020 as a result of Covid-19 closures. Utilizing a team of Austin’s various certified sommeliers, this group raises funds for hospitality professionals and numerous charity projects across the city through virtual wine classes. We hope you’ll join us in sipping to support our classes for a cause.

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