Welcome

Live, interactive, online wine classes for beginners, intermediates and everyone in between!

Laughter, Friendship, Community.

Have you got a Prosecco to join us? Our live, interactive wine classes can help you learn your Rosés from your Rose B’s.

Pop a cork and join us for our Happy Hour! We recommend a bottle of wine and you can socialize and sip along with the Sip Happens, Drink Wine Community.

A Different Kind of Online Class

Why spend hundreds of dollars for pre-recorded, online wine classes when you can be taught LIVE by down-to-earth experts who share your passion for wine? By joining us in this relaxed environment, you can ask questions, join the discussion and meet new friends with common interests. Here’s what we offer:

  • LIVE interactive, virtual wine webinars, not pre-recorded videos or YouTube links.
  • Private virtual Corporate Events, Bachelorette/Bridal Showers or Birthdays. This can be one-on-one or groups.
  • We teach the average social wine drinker, not the people who want to be wine professionals or sommeliers.
  • We have personal contacts with winemakers all over the globe who make frequent guest appearances at our Wine Webinars.

Group classes start as low as $9.99! Private classes start at $99.99 for up to 5 people. 

Join Us

Are you’re looking to sharpen your wine knowledge, meet new people, and learn about wine in an informal atmosphere with knowledgeable, good-natured experts?  If so, Sip Happens, Drink Wine is the place for you!

Fun classes are specifically designed to breakdown and demystify the world of wine.

Here’s a schedule of our upcoming classes:

  • 01/27 @ 8 PM EST: Learn About Sangiovese: The Crown Jewel of Italian Wines
  • 01/30 @ 1PM EST: Meet the Wine & Olive Oil Maker LIVE from Umbria, Italy
  • 02/01 @ 6 PM EST: Learn the Fundamentals of Wine. Start at the Very Beginning…
  • 02/02: @ 7 PM EST: NEW SERIES EVERY TUESDAY w/ SIP HAPPENS, LET’S TRAVEL: to ITALY
  • 02/03: @ 8 PM EST: Learn to Stop and Smell the Red Gamay- Pinot Noir’s Cheaper “Twin”
  • 02/06: @ 12 PM EST: NEW SERIES: Sip Happens, Let’s COOK Along w/ Chef Franco LIVE from TUSCANY!
  • 02/08: @ 8 PM EST: Meet A Winemaker LIVE from a Winery in CHINA
  • 02/10 @ 8 PM EST: Italy’s Fav Sparkling: Prosecco for Valentine’s Day
  • 02/17 @ 8 PM EST: Learn About Central Europe’s Sexiest White Grape-the Gruner Veltliner
  • 02/24 @ 8 PM EST: Learn About Red Tannat Wine, the Heavy Weight Champ of the Wine World

Sip Along With the Experts and Discover New Wines!

Lainie Bennett and Stephanie Cotto are Independent Wine Consultant/Educators to the Social Wine Drinkers, who are thirsty for knowledge.

As self-declared oenophiles, they have traveled extensively, seeking out hidden gem wine regions while building relationships with world-renowned vintners, as well as family owned wine makers who taught them wine-growing techniques, styles of wine, and the complex world of grape varietals.

With hands-on knowledge of viniculture, they break down and explain vino to the average person who just wants to understand which wines they like and why they taste so good.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who are we?

A. Lainie Bennett and Stephanie Cotto are Independent Wine Consultant/Educators to the Social Wine Drinkers, who are thirsty for knowledge. As self-declared oenophiles, they have traveled extensively, seeking out hidden gem wine regions while building relationships with world-renowned vintners, as well as family owned wine makers who taught them wine-growing techniques, styles of wine, and the complex world of grape varietals.

Q. What kind of wine classes do you teach?

A. We host relaxed and informal LIVE interactive, virtual wine webinars, not pre-recorded videos or YouTube links, where we teach the average social wine drinker, not the people who want to be wine professionals or sommeliers. We break down and explain vino to the average person who just wants to understand which wines they like and why they taste so good.

Q. What are your class schedules?

A. We host classes almost every evening. For more information on our class schedules, please check us out at  https://www.meetup.com/Sip-Happens-NYC/

Q. How do I sign up?

A. If you’re interested in joining any of our classes, please send us an email at: siphappensdrinkwine@gmail.com and we’ll send you all the details.

Q. What kind of wine experience do I need to join?

A. Absolutely NONE! Our classes are for beginners through seasoned professionals! But Enthusiastic Beginners are the majority of our guests.

Q. What is the Sipper Club and how can I join?

A. Our private Sipper Club meets on Zoom each Wednesday night in conjunction with our Main Events. You’ll share the same type of delicious wine as other wine lovers across the country in a smaller, social group, as we go through tasting notes and answer your questions in a one on one exchange! If you’re interested in joining, shoot an email to us at
siphappensdrinkwine@gmail.com

Q. What do I have to do during your classes?

A. Absolutely NOTHING! Don’t feel like being on camera? Keep your video off – that’s fine with us! Don’t feel like joining the conversation? Keep your mic on mute – that’s fine with us! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the presentation! But by all means, you are very much welcomed to join the discussion and ask questions.

Q. Do I have to drink wine or can I just listen and learn?

A. No, you do not have to drink wine! Although we do make wine recommendations, there is no pressure to buy or drink anything. We offer a relaxed and an informal environment, so come as you are and drink whatever you feel like sipping on.

Q. Can “Sip Happens, Drink Wine” host a private Wine Event on Zoom for my family and friends?

A. Absolutely! And it is actually quite affordable. Our private Events can be customized to your groups preferences and start at just $100 for up to 10 people (just $10 per person!)

Q. Does SHDW offer Meet the Winemaker Events?

A. Yes, we host exclusive Events with Winemakers from all over the world and guests have the opportunity to interact with them! For more information on our Winemaker Events, send us an email to siphappensdrinkwine@gmail.com

Join our Sippers Club!

To learn about membership levels and how you can join, simply fill out the form below.

Don’t feel like filling out a form? Just send us an email to: siphappensdrinkwine@gmail.com or call/text us at (347) 301-8878

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