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!

Sunday’s Class: Sparkling Wine Styles with Tony!

What’s the difference between Prosecco and Cava? Why aren’t all bubbles called ‘Champagne’? How do the bubbles even get in there?

Join Tony this Sunday at 5:30 pm CST for a deep dive into all things sparkling wine. He’ll cover the basics: the surprisingly laborious methods that go in to making sparkling wines, what grapes they use, and how to pair them with food to maximize your dining experience.

Tony is a Certified Sommelier who previously worked in the Clarksville area at Austin’s prolific steakhouse, Jeffrey’s. A true hospitality professional, you won’t find a more kind-hearted expert. His copious experience in the industry (he’s also a published wine writer) have taught him that humility is essential.

Whether you’re holed up this quarantine with a bottle of vintage Champagne or simply enjoying some lightly fizzy Prosecco, we hope you’ll spend your Sunday Funday with us in what will undoubtedly be an effervescent class.

To reserve a seat in Tony’s class May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.

Attend Tony’s Class

The Stay-at-Home Somm is a donation-based project that supports displaced wine professionals that have been deeply impacted by Covid-19. To reserve your space, we ask for a $25 donation. Unless otherwise noted, 90% of all donations will directly support your teacher, while the remaining 10% is distributed to another unemployed service industry worker in need.

Once you have submitted your reservation, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to

We Will See You Soon!

Thursday’s Class: All About Natural Wines

What does ‘low intervention’ mean? Are “natural wines” better for you? How do we distinguish this classification? The amount of confusion surrounding this topic is wildly, for lack of a better term, unnatural.

Join Ashley, as she breaks down what ‘natural wine’ truly means, while touching on the core concepts that individually build these bottles: organics, sustainability, and biodynamics. We’ll learn how sulfur plays a pivotal role in the winemaking process, and demystify some commonly misunderstood health affects of specific chemicals. Leave this class empowered with natty knowledge, and discover your newest favorite low-intervention bottle of wine via our resident expert.

To reserve a seat in Ashley’s class April 30th at 5:30 p.m. CST, please fill out the form below. We keep our classes at an intimate size so that everyone has a chance to participate in the on-going conversation that is wine.


We hope that you’ll consider supporting one of our other Sommeliers who still have classes open for registration this week. Check out our Class Schedule to support another service industry worker in need.

Thank You for All of Your Support!

Upcoming Wine Class: Let’s Talk Structure with Rania

This Thursday APRIL 23rd we are proud to feature Advanced Sommelier, Rania, of Bufalina.

Understanding a wine’s structure is one of the most important ways to discover what types of wines you enjoy or don’t, as well as how and why they pair with your favorite foods. It can also provide meaningful dialogue when shopping for wine in a shop or restaurant. Join Rania Zayyat as she breaks down the most fundamental components of what’s in your glass and on your palate. 

When: Thursday, April 23rd at 5:00 CST

If you are interested in viewing Rania’s class, please email

Recommended Wines for Let’s Talk Structure

Your Stay-at-Home Somm suggests you purchase any of these 3 wines to enjoy during class:


2019 Populis Sauvignon Blanc

Purchase at Bufalina Cesar Chavez (call ahead)


2018 Cascina delle Rose Langhe Nebbiolo

Purchase at Bufalina Cesar Chavez (call ahead)


Head to one of these local favorite wine retailers for a:

  • high-acid white like a Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet or Chablis
  • tannic red like a Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, or Sagrantino

Pay it Forward: Keep Our Restaurants Open

An easy way to support hospitality is to get your next meal from a restaurant offering food to-go. Use one of these guides to plan your next meal at home:

Takeout Tracker

A virtual map of restaurants offering to-go with curated lists of local favorites.

Under-Promoted Eats ATX

AKA upEats ATX is “an effort to uplift our community during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving a voice to the hard-working, local mom-and-pop restaurants serving food in Austin.” This list of restaurants focuses on Austin favorites that have less web presence and social media exposure than most.

A Taste of Koko

Popular local blogger and food enthusiast compiled a list of restaurants, including deliver. She is also supporting the industry with her 100 for Hospitality program, offering free meals to service industry.

One Stop Shop ATX

For daily updates on where to buy locally, head to this instagram account: