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Pinot To The People! | Zoom Wine Class
June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
THE POWER OF PINOT
There’s more to Pinot than meets the eye. Pinot Grigio stakes out the light white range of the wine spectrum and Pinot Noir the light red. Yet another member of the Pinot family – Pinotage – is on the far side of Cabernet. In this class, you’ll taste the broad range of flavors we associate with Pinot. Get ready to open you mind and palate to great Grigio, new flavors, and more.
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.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
I’m going to open and teach these three wines. They are three major members of the Pinot family: traditional Italian Pinot Grigio, California Pinot Noir, and Pinotage from South Africa.
2018 Brunellesco Pinot Grigio (Veneto, northeast Italy, about $12)
2017 Poppy Hill Pinot Noir (Carneros, Napa County, California, USA, about $19)
2018 Angels Tears Pinotage “Le Chocolat” (Western Cape, South Africa, 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.
HOW ABOUT FOOD?
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)
Pinot Noir + prosciutto | mushroom pâté | Robiola a due latti (Brie-like rind, blend of cow’s and sheep’s milk)
Pinotage + short ribs / lamb shank braise | Rogue River Blue (Smoked blue cheese)
THREE WINE GLASSES & A WEBCAM
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 Pinot 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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“Pinot To The People” 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.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
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 the Pinot family and where it fits in the world of wine and wine tasting.
1 hour classroom program
PROGRAM SYLLABUS (tentative)
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | The Spectrum Of Wine | Proper Pinot
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.