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BWS gift certificates are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They are valid as of the date of purchase on your e-ticket and expire on the same date seven years from the date of purchase.

Gift certificates are good for all publicly listed classes & events at any Boston Wine School location.

Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

One of the greatest things about wine is that there’s always something new to discover – grapes you’ve never heard of, up-and-coming wine regions, new techniques, innovative packaging, etc. These are often the areas where you will find the best values.

The Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of class will explore some wine regions which are relatively new to the global wine market. In the process, you will learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines. An assortment of cheese and antipasto will be served during class to introduce the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.

Class Menu (subject to change)

  • New Mexico Sparkler (USA)
  • Gruner Veltliner (Austria)
  • Torrontes (Argentina)
  • Xinomavro (Greece)
  • Saperavi (Georgia)
  • Carmenere (Chile)

Night In Tuscany (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Join us for a the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Tuscany without ever leaving the Boston Wine School! Get yourself ready for a broad range of Tuscan wines, from crisp whites to gutsy bold reds. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Tuscany has to offer. Wine is produced in every region of Italy, and we are just going to scratch the surface of Tuscany when it comes to exploring the thousands of different varieties and styles of Italian wine.

The evening focuses on a mini-wine tour of the Tuscan region. Appetizers and cheese will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food. You’ll experience the culinary sights, smells and tastes of Italy via your wine glass and plate. By the end of the evening, someone will know their Chianti from Chianti Classico!

After class, put your education to the test over a delicious wine dinner from one of our guest chefs. We’ll make a major food match with a Tuscan white and red specially selected for the menu.

MENU
Please understand the food and wine menu are subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

White Wine In A Sea Of Red

2016 Montecucco Vermentino (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

Ricotta fresca canapés with basil pesto and black currant preserves

Spectrum Of Sangiovese

2015 Pieve di Spaltenna Chianti Classico (Gaiole, central Tuscany)

2015 Duca di Cardino Rosso di Montepulciano (Montepulciano, eastern Tuscany)

2014 Tenuta di Montecucco “Passonaie” (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

2014 Principe Strozzi Morellino di Scansano (Maremma, southern Tuscany)

2015 Collezione di Paolo “Verso Cielo” Rosso (Rufina, Firenze, central Tuscany)

i Formaggi

Fontina | Cow’s milk, northern Italy

Pecorino toscano | Sheep’s milk, Tuscany, central Italy

Grana Padano | Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna, north-central Italy

C E N A

Insalata di Giardino | Garden salad

Tortelli Melanzana | Ravioli stuffed with fresh mozzarella & grilled eggplant

Pollo Toscano | Chicken in garlic & cream sauce

Pomodori Ripieni | Vine-ripened tomatoes stuffed with spinach and pecorino

2015 Sofia Barbanera “Podere Altero” Bianco
(Cetona, Siena, central Tuscany)

2016 Collezione di Paolo Chianti
(Rufina, Firenze, central Tuscany)

Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

Not sure if you know the difference between red, white and rosé?  What are sparkling wines and why aren’t they called Champagne?  How does Sauvignon Blanc differ from Cabernet Sauvignon?

The Boston Wine School is here to help answer those questions and more.  Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice is an ideal class for those just starting their explorations of wine.

This 2 hour class will explain 4 major wine styles and focus in on 4 of the most popular wine grape varieties.   In the process, you will begin to learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines.  An assortment of cheeses and antipasto will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.

Here at the Boston Wine School, we are a 100% Wine Snob Free Zone.  We believe that learning about wine involves learning more about yourself.  Our goal is to help you understand and communicate what you are experiencing when you are enjoying a glass of wine.  Come start your wine journey with us.

Sample Menu (subject to change)

TASTING CLASS

Mionetto Brut Prosecco

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay

Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec

90+ Cellars Pinot Noir

Chateau Roc de Segur Bordeaux Cabernet/Merlot

Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of | Boston Wine School @ Ipswich

One of the greatest things about wine is that there’s always something new to discover – grapes you’ve never heard of, up-and-coming wine regions, new techniques, innovative packaging, and more. These are often the areas where you will find the best values.

The Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of class will explore some wine regions which are relatively new to the global wine market. In the process, you will learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines. Class is limited to 14 students. Appetizers and an assortment of cheeses will be served during class to introduce the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.

Class Menu  (tentative – subject to change)

New Mexico Sparkler (USA)

Gruner Veltliner (Austria)

Torrontes (Argentina)

Xinomavro (Greece)

Saperavi (Georgia)

Carmenere (Chile)

Language Of Wine: Italian Wine And Words | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Wine is something that creates great conversation in any language. In fact, every language has its own idiomatic sub-language of wine, and even fluent speakers find that there’s still a lot to learn about the specific vocabulary of wine.

This class is a unique combination of wine tasting and language that will introduce you to Italian wine words as you might hear in Italy, and here in the US, as you often see represented on Italian wine labels. These labels are trying to tell you something, and if you can understand a little Italian, you can start to grasp it. Poggio means hill… vecchio means old… antico – like antique – ancient. The Chianti Nipozzano is telling you a lot with its name, from the phrase niente pozzi – no wells – a vineyard that’s very very dry. We could go on and on, and we will!

Please note – you do not need to speak Italian for this class – it will be conducted in English with the focus on vocabulary-building for everyone at any level of proficiency. If you love Italian wine, Italian food, and the Italian language, that’s all it takes!

In the process, you will also learn some basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of wine in your own language. Appetizers and cheeses will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food as well.

WINE MENU (tentative)

NV Alessandro Gallici Prosecco (Veneto, northeast Italy)

2015 Saracosa Vermentino (Tuscany, central Italy)

2016 Pietro Disarti Roero Arneis (Piemonte, northwest Italy)

2013 Tenuta di Montecucco Passonaia (Tuscany, central Italy)

2014 Di Prima Nero d’Avola (Sicily, southern Italy)

2014 Porta Flavio Carignano del Sulcis (Sardinia, Mediterranean Italy)

Night In Tuscany (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Join us for a the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Tuscany without ever leaving the Boston Wine School! Get yourself ready for a broad range of Tuscan wines, from crisp whites to gutsy bold reds. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Tuscany has to offer. Wine is produced in every region of Italy, and we are just going to scratch the surface of Tuscany when it comes to exploring the thousands of different varieties and styles of Italian wine.

The evening focuses on a mini-wine tour of the Tuscan region. Appetizers and cheese will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food. You’ll experience the culinary sights, smells and tastes of Italy via your wine glass and plate. By the end of the evening, someone will know their Chianti from Chianti Classico!

After class, put your education to the test over a delicious wine dinner from one of our guest chefs. We’ll make a major food match with a Tuscan white and red specially selected for the menu.

MENU
Please understand the food and wine menu are subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

White Wine In A Sea Of Red

2016 Montecucco Vermentino (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

Ricotta fresca canapés with basil pesto and black currant preserves

Spectrum Of Sangiovese

2015 Pieve di Spaltenna Chianti Classico (Gaiole, central Tuscany)

2015 Duca di Cardino Rosso di Montepulciano (Montepulciano, eastern Tuscany)

2014 Tenuta di Montecucco “Passonaie” (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

2014 Principe Strozzi Morellino di Scansano (Maremma, southern Tuscany)

2015 Collezione di Paolo “Verso Cielo” Rosso (Rufina, Firenze, central Tuscany)

i Formaggi

Fontina | Cow’s milk, northern Italy

Pecorino toscano | Sheep’s milk, Tuscany, central Italy

Grana Padano | Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna, north-central Italy

C E N A

Insalata di Giardino | Garden salad

Tortelli Melanzana | Ravioli stuffed with fresh mozzarella & grilled eggplant

Pollo Toscano | Chicken in garlic & cream sauce

Pomodori Ripieni | Vine-ripened tomatoes stuffed with spinach and pecorino

2015 Sofia Barbanera “Podere Altero” Bianco
(Cetona, Siena, central Tuscany)

2016 Collezione di Paolo Chianti
(Rufina, Firenze, central Tuscany)

Wine and Caramel: Making the Perfect Match | Boston Wine School and McCrea’s Candies @ VINOvations

When we talk about wine in wine class, we almost always use some kinds of confectionary terms.

Some wines are literally sweet, even sugary. Syrup, glaze, caramel, vanilla, other “candied” words work their way into the vocabulary. People talk about smelling roasted fruit and pie crust. In all this dialog, there’s a core of cooking, of caramelization, which is oxidizing sugar with heat.

Get your slow-form tasting skills ready as we put wine together with the hand crafted caramels from McCrea’s Candies in Hyde Park. We’re going to make some amazing wine connections through a whole range of whites and reds paired up with the inspired stylings of caramel concierge Julie Ayotte.

You will learn how to think about wine and food in a whole new way during this 2-hour interactive tasting experience. This class will teach you how to think creatively and constructively with wine and caramel, how to experiment and invent in the direction of your taste. Best of all, it’s a night of amazing flavors paired with wine lovers and wine conversation.

MENU

Please understand the food and wine menu are subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

NV Alessandro Gallici Prosecco Extra Dry (Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, northeast Italy) | Dates stuffed with Cape Cod Sea Salt caramel, salted sugar rim | Canape of ricotta fresca with slivered single malt Scotch caramel drizzled with honey

2014 Marina Covello (Vermentino di Sardinia, Italy) | Black lava sea salt caramel

2016 Château Terrebonne Rosé (Côtes de Provence, southern France) | Avocado maki sushi with Ginger Fusion caramel drizzle, black & white sesame seeds

2013 Pescadero Rock Pinot Noir (Monterey, California, USA) | Tapped Maple caramel stuffed in a black mission fig

2015 Château Canet Vieilles Vignes Minervois (Minervois, Roussillon, southwest France) | Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt caramel wrapped in a sun-dried tomato, rolled in black pepper & herbs de Provence

2015 H J. Fabre Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) | Bosc pear topped with Dark Roasted Mocha caramel with Gorgonzola dolce

Pinot To The People | Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop

Pinot Envy Along The Sonoma Coast

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

11 April 2018

2013 DeLoach “Private Collection” Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)

California makes more Pinot Noir than it grows, not by importing out-of-state wine, but by blending in other grapes. Technically, US wine only has to be 75% one grape type to be named for that grape on the label. In theory, your favorite bottle could be pure Pinot, or it could be three-quarters, or anything in between.

Truth is, you can often easily see this in the glass. Pinot Noir – the grape – is light red and thin skinned, and many classic Euro Pinot Noir is so light you can read your phone through a glass of it. When you crack open a California Pinot and it comes out dark red, almost opaque, that’s a sure sign the wine’s blended, often with a high-pigment grape like Petite Sirah.

This week’s special comes from our “Pinot To The People” class, and we use the DeLoach “Private Collection” for a lot of reasons – its bright cherry and cranberry fruit flavors, its slight earthiness and outdoorsy aromas – but mostly for its authenticity. The color is real life burgundy and the flavor is true-to-type Pinot Noir.

If you’re a fan of cool-climate Oregon Pinot, this is a great choice. It comes from the Sonoma Coast, way north and west of Sonoma Valley and much closer to the cold Pacific. The result is a slow-grown wine full of flavor and finesse.


2013 DeLoach “Private Collection” Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)

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Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop | Zinfandel Dreams

Why We’re All Living In Zin

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

2014 Raymond Vineyards “The Inaugural R Collection” Zinfandel 
(St. Helena, Napa, California, USA)

Our “Signature Grapes” tasting class really gets fundamental by tasting the connection between certain wines and the places around the world they’ve made famous – and vice versa. Zinfandel fills this role in California wine. Cabernet and Chardonnay may be just as famous, but you only get this kind of Zinfandel one place, and that’s a unique geographic bond that you can taste in the bottle.

People ask me all the time what’s my favorite wine, and I’ve got a lot of favorites, but the truth is, it’s Zinfandel. I love California’s signature grape because it has a little bit of everything I love in a wine – fruit, spice, earthiness, black AND white pepper.

In the wine world, we call this balance, and if you balance flavors in some dynamic and tasty way, we call this style. On the spectrum of Zinfandel, this Raymond stakes out the fruit and juice range, and its style is alive, vivid, and California sunny. The color is dark candy-apple red, and the flavors will remind you first of ripe red plums and black raspberries, then almost behind the scenes, the wine smells like dried herbs, even a little like cocoa.

Best of all, this 2014 is young by Zinfandel standards. It possesses great youth and vitality right now, but I would be looking forward to drinking this in the 2020s too.

REGULARLY $21.99 – ORDER NOW!

6-PACK 20% off + FREE shipping = $99 use code WINESDAY6

12-PACK 35% off + FREE shipping = $169 ($14 a bottle or $2.80 a glass!) use code WINESDAY12

HURRY! Sale ends 11 April 2018