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How To Taste Wine And Why | Zoom Wine Class

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wine should be simple and fun, and honestly sometimes wine lovers make it so much harder than it has to be it almost drives me to beer. Fact is, the more you know about wine, the more you love wine, and the more different kinds of wines you love. This class is for the engaged newcomer who’s ready to take wine tasting to the next level that we all can feel is there. You’ll learn technical wine tasting while experiencing a great range of wine colors, styles, and flavors. Learn what makes red wine red and start speaking Sauvignon fluently.

Thank you for tasting great wine for a great cause! Part of each ticket will go to benefit the #RestaurantStrong Fund supporting restaurant people across the country impacted by Covid-19 . And the wines you buy to taste along in class, all that goes right to your local wine shops.

I’m going to open and teach these three wines.

2018 Cellier des Chartreux ‘Blue’ Sauvignon Blanc (Pujaut, southern Rhône , southern France, about $15)
2018 Lavendette Rosé de Provence (Provence, southern France, about $15)
2017 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, southern California, USA, about $15)

You can order from Solera: A Shrine To Wine at our Roslindale campus. Solera is open for curbside pick-up Saturdays and Sundays right now. You can also order them from your favorite local wine shop. Do not be shy about getting comparable wines if you need to – there’s a ton of great equivalents out there that we can easily learn from too.

Here’s a few food pairing suggestions for each wine. Feel free to use this as a guide, come up with your own ideas and have fun with it all!

Sauvignon Blanc + Goat’s milk cheese | Green olives | Steamed shrimp shumai
Rosé + Mushroom pâté | Roast garlic | Pork & mushroom dumplings
Cabernet Sauvignon + Anything on the grill | Gorgonzola dolce (Cow’s milk blue cheese) | Black olives

You can go as big or as little as you like. Taste along with all three plus all the foods, pick one or two that sound especially good, or just tune in and learn about wine with whatever you have in your glass.

After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password for the tasting class. You’ll receive an email reminder a couple of days before, then a reminder an hour before class starts.

“How To Taste Wine And Why” is an introductory course for beginners and enthusiasts. It assumes some exposure to wine but little or no formal wine knowledge. This program is appropriate for both consumers and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries.

Students will learn technical wine tasting, major wine grapes, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis is on providing an overview of wine, building wine vocabulary, and becoming fluent in expressing your own wine tastes.

1 hour classroom program

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Guests, students and certificate candidates must meet the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the program is being held: 21 in the USA and China.


JONATHON ALSOP is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School, author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional and In Vino Veritas, and a commentator for National Public Radio on WGBH | Boston Public Radio and Under The Radar.

He began writing about wine, food and travel in 1988 and emerged as a wine expert through his syndicated wine column. He has contributed numerous articles to the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer Magazine, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others.

Jonathon founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes in a dedicated 100% snob-free zone. His new book Wine Life: A Collection Of Verses will be published in 2020.