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Italian Wine Fundamentals | Zoom Wine Class

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

VENI VIDI VINO | I Came, I Saw, I Drank Wine
Let’s face it: we could do a 52-week Italian wine class and just be scratching the surface, so it’s daunting to try to boil Italy down to three wines, but here goes! We’ll taste the whole wine country, starting with some classic Trebbiano from northern Italy, then Sangiovese in Tuscany, and finally, Nero d’Avola from sunny southern Sicily. Get ready to taste three distinct climates and grapes that explain the northern-central-southern styles. You’ll be speaking fluent Chianti by the time this class is over!

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 Pratello Trebbiano di Lugana (Lugana, Lombardy, north-central Italy, about $19)
2018 Poggio Argentale Chianti DOCG (Vinci, Florence, Tuscany, central Italy, about $20)
2017 Capo Zafferano Nero d’Avola (Avola, southeast Sicily, southwest Italy, about $17)

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!

Pinot Grigio + ricotta fresca (light, creamy cow’s milk cheese) | focaccia (herbed Italian pan bread)
Chianti / Sangiovese + prosciutto | mushroom pâté | Grana Padano (Parmigiano-like, cow’s milk)
Nero d’Avola + short ribs / lamb shank braise | Gorgonzola dolce (Cow’s milk blue cheese) | 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 Italy 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.

“Italian Wine Fundamentals” 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 Italian wine and where it fits in the world of wine and wine tasting.

1 hour classroom program

Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | The Spectrum Of Wine | Ages Of Wine

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.


Online Via Zoom
Boston, MA 02117 United States


Jonathon Alsop , Founder, Writer, Teacher