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JW Marriott Essex House New York Now Home Of Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Wine School

Partnership offers wine classes in New York at the iconic Central Park South hotel

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A distinguished wine icon and his popular school now call the JW Marriott Essex House New York home.


Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Wine School, established in 1976, began the winter semester of its wine  classes on Feb. 24, 2014, at the iconic New York hotel at 160 Central Park South. Seven more Monday classes of this series are scheduled between now and April 28, with more courses planned throughout the year. Early registration is required for each course.

Wine is a passion point of the JW Marriott brand, known for its curated guest experiences, making this partnership a perfect pairing.

Zraly's unique style and established expertise in the wine world will speak to the JW Marriott guest, who seeks quiet luxury in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them.

In the coming months, Zraly will work with the hotel to curate wine lists, create exciting new programming to enhance the guest experience and offer personalized high-level wine tasting experiences in New York, including wine dinners and special wine classes. Connoisseurs who are interested in the wine courses Zraly teaches can check out the current class schedule at for insight into what future sessions may offer.

Windows on the World Wine School Registration Information

Educator: Kevin Zraly, 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, author of "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course," the No. 1 selling wine book in the world with more than 4 million copies in print

Where: JW Marriott Essex House New York, 160 Central Park South, between 6th and 7th avenues, New York City

When: Winter 2014 – Mondays from 7-9 p.m. Feb 24– April 28 (No class on March 17 and April 14). Students have one year to make up any missed classes.

Cost: $995 per person. This includes all wines tasted (a value of more than $3,000), wine book and diploma. Advance registration required. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and personal checks are accepted.

All About Wine: 10 to 12 wines tasted per class, based on regions listed below

How to Enroll: Call 1-845-255-1456, email [email protected] or visit

Class Schedule:            

Class #1 – White wines of France

Class #2 – White wines of California and New York

Class #3 – Component Tasting, white wines of Germany

Class #4 – Red wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley

Class #5 – Red wines of Bordeaux

Class #6 – Red wines of California

Class #7 – Red wines of Spain and Italy

Class #8 – Champagne and Port

Other topics covered in the wine tasting classes in New York include spirits from Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

For information, contact Zraly at Windows on the World Wine School, P.O. Box 847, New Paltz, NY12561, call 1-845-255-1456, email [email protected] or visit

About JW Marriott Essex House New York
The JW Marriott Essex House New York at 160 Central Park South in New York, NY, is on the southern border of Central Park, and is near Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, and 5th Avenue shopping.  The historic hotel features 394 rooms and 117 suites on 40 floors as well as 22 meeting rooms with 11,592 square feet of flexible event space, South Gate restaurant, a full-service spa and fitness center. For information, visit or call 1-212-247-0300. Like the JW Marriott Essex House New York on Facebook, follow the hotel on Twitter and add it to a circle on Google Plus.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today's sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries. By 2015, the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online at, Twitter @jwmarriott and

Media Contact: Kathleen Duffy, JW Marriott Essex House New York, 1-212-704-8906, [email protected]

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