Those of us who love to geek out on libations also tend to find ourselves fascinated with the rituals that surround drinking cultures. Thus we like to attend seminars like this one: from 6:30 to 8pm on July 15 at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Bellevue, Joel Simon of Riedel Crystal will be teaching a glassware seminar that also includes a wine tasting and “light appetizers,” per the class description. (Guess they won’t be serving Purple’s baked brie, ain’t nothing light about that little plate of heaven.)

Here’s the stupid part (stupid awesome, I mean): The class costs $85, but it includes a set of Vinum glasses—one designed for Bordeaux, one for Burgundy, one for Montrachet and a fourth for Sauvignon Blanc. As an aspiring collector of Riedel and other glassware, I can tell you that this is less than these glasses would cost you retail, even without the class and wine tasting thrown in.

So I’m going to go ahead and recommend this seminar highly. Call 206-838-3853 to sign up.