Charlestonians are eligible for discounted tuition to Wine U, Charleston Place's immersive weekend wine program.

Discounted, in this instance, doesn't mean cheap: The session still costs $2600 a person. But staying at home instead of the hotel amounts to at least a $400 savings.

Charleston Place's wine director Rick Rubel will lead the program, which will cover "wine varieties, deductive wine tasting, the chemistry of food and wine (and) stocking strategies for the home cellar." The fee includes materials; a pair of receptions; lunch; an eight-course dinner (with pairings selected by participants) and more than 100 wine tastings.

Wine U will convene on July 18-20 and Aug. 22-24. To learn more, visit, or call (800)383-2335.