For this first real weekend of the New Year, let’s raise our glasses to the region’s strong wine industry. If this is the year you promised yourself that you would take a course, then why not a little wine education this Saturday the 10th? Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville is ready to help with a Vertical Cabernet Tasting. They’ll begin the five-hour class with a barrel sample and after an educational lecture will pair numerous wines and compatible foods. Guests will sample 6 vintages, and can take advantage of discounted prices on the tasted wines. Or if you want more of mini-introduction, head over to Veramar Vineyard in Berryville for Wine Tasting 101. The one-hour program teaches the art of wine tasting basics. Either way you’ll have a cheerful afternoon. Both programs require advance reservations.