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JW Marriott Essex House New York

160 Central Park South · New York, New York 10019 USA

  • 212-247-0300

Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Wine School

  • 212-247-0300

The JW Marriott Essex House New York is proud to partner with Kevin Zraly as the new home of his world-renowned Windows on the World Wine School, established in 1976.


Specially Curated Experiences for Guests

Wine is a passion point of the JW Marriott brand, which is known for its curated guest experiences, making this partnership a perfect pairing. Kevin’s unique style and established expertise in the wine world speaks to the JW Marriott guest, who seeks quiet luxury in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere that is lacking in pretense.

Windows on the World Wine School's
Press Release

About Kevin Zraly

Author and Teacher of Windows on The World Complete Wine Course

  • 2011 Recipient of James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Wine Director of Windows on the World from 1976 - 2001.
  • Author of the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, (with 3 million copies sold,) Ultimate Wine Companion, Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide, Kevin Zraly's Wine Journal, A Glass Half Full: A Cellar Master's Journey Through Life and Wine.
  • Founder and instructor of the Windows on the World Wine School, with over 500 students per year. Over 20,000 students have completed the course to date.
  • Culinary Institute of America's Board of Trustees member since 1990.
  • Winner of the James Beard Award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year in 1993.
  • 2009 recipient of Sante's Wine Professional of the Year Award.
  • Recipient of the European Wine Council Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Featured expert in The New York Times, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, GQ Magazine and Newsweek.
  • Kevin has appeared on the major television networks in the United States including The Early Show on CBS and Live! with Regis and Kelly on ABC.
  • Partner with Robert Parker on the Parker/Zraly Wine Certification Program.
  • Director of the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Master Classes and Wine Club.

Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine School

Kevin Zraly has recently celebrated his 38th anniversary as the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School, which has graduated over 20,000 students since its inception. Teaching wine for over 40 years, beginning at the age of 20, Kevin has studied wine-making techniques from California to all the great wine regions of Europe.

Acclaimed as the creator of the famous wine list at Windows on the World, which has sold more wine than any restaurant in the United States, Kevin also designed the training program for the most knowledgeable wine-service staff in America.


Spring Semester 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016


Monday, February 29, 2016


Monday March 8, 2016


Monday March 14, 2016


Monday March 21, 2016


Monday March 28, 2016


Monday, April 4, 2016


Monday April 11, 2016


Fall Semester 2016

September 26, 2016


October 3, 2016


October 10, 2016


October 17, 2016


October 24, 2016


November 1, 2016


November 7, 2016


November 14, 2016



$995 per person

Advance registration required. Includes all wines tasted, wine book and diploma.


Enjoy 10 to 12 wines tastings per class including red and white wines from France, USA, Italy, Germany, Spain Champagne and Port. All wines provided by the hotel.

Enroll in a Class

Press Release (PDF)


For registration information, call (888) 574-3081, email, or visit If you are a hotel guest when the classes are in session and wish to take only one class during your New York visit, please check class availability by visiting with our concierge team.


Wine Experience on the Park

Book our special wine experience package that blends indulgence and education, with a breathtaking Central Park view.


Package includes:


  • Flight of four wines and educational tasting notes prepared by Kevin Zraly
  • Autographed hard copy of Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
  • Essex House wine stopper
  • 20% discount on any bottle of wine in SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant during your stay
  • Accommodations overlooking Central Park


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Wine & Dine with Kevin Zraly

Kevin Zraly presents exceptional wine events customized for your group at the JW Marriott Essex House. Curate an intimate wine dinner or a One Hour Wine Expert class.

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