Virtual Victuals

Our favorite online food and wine courses.

Absolute Coffee

Youri Vlag, a Sheffield, England, roaster, demonstrates creative designs in cappuccino foam and other barista techniques in this Skype-based class ($133).

American Tea Masters Association

The history, preparation, and serving of tea is taught by masters via Skype in this 13-week, one-on-one course for enthusiasts hoping to become certified tea masters ($2,125).

Ecole Chocolat


The Professional Chocolatier Program ($595) is a rich curriculum in the making and marketing of chocolates, with a supplementary course in bean-to-bar techniques ($395).

Online Culinary School

Interactive courses ($195) in basics like knife skills and the execution of classic stocks, soups, and sauces are taught by French chef Eric Arrouze.

University of California at Davis Extension

UC-Davis's famed Department of Viticulture and Enology offers Introduction to Winemaking ($650), surveying the technology, geography, and labeling of wines.