The festive season is filled with opportunities to celebrate with food and wine. With so many options on the menu, it can be difficult to know which selection will suit your taste. So, Annabelle is here to help! We are offering a full slate of wine and cooking classes headed by experts from our team. The two wine classes are helmed by George Kassianos, Annabelle’s sommelier and a noted Cypriot wine expert, in Asteras. The first wine class, on 23 December, focuses on local wine varieties. Local grapes, like xinisteri and maratheftiko, are cultivated to produce excellent wines, but the names and tastes are likely to befuddle the visitor from offshore; this class will lead you through several examples so that you can find your favourites. In the second wine class, on 29 December, George will lead you on a tasting flight through an international range of wines. The cooking classes are arranged by chef Marios Efstathiou for presentation in Mediterraneo, Annabelle’s seaside taverna. The first (on 21 December) explains how to bake and decorate Christmas biscuits (including our popular gingerbread biscuit). Village style cooking—the cuisine for which Mediterraneo is renowned—is the focus of the second class (on 26 December). Baking (on 30 December) rounds out the range of offerings. Learn the recipe for a favourite food and you’ll not only learn what makes it special—you’ll have a souvenir of your holiday you can use over and over. Classes are subject to enrolment limits; contact Guest Services to reserve your place in advance.