The Reign Of Spain: Tempranillo, Rioja & More (Class @ Cobble)

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The Reign Of Spain: Tempranillo, Rioja & More (Class @ Cobble)

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm or text +1-617-784-7150 anytime


For a wine culture that is so ancient – the Romans were drinking Spanish wine centuries before they even conquered Gaul – Spanish wines continue to bring us new grapes, new styles, and exciting wine discoveries all the time. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Spain has to offer.

We’ll start with some bracing white wines like Verdejo and Albariño from the north. The we’ll roll across Spain tasting red wine highlights from French-style blends from Navarra to hot-climate Syrah from the Mediterranean, and of course, Spain’s signature wine: Tempranillo from Rioja.

We always have bread, olives, and antipasto with class, and naturally some Spanish cheeses too as we explore wine and food pairing fundamentals.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND This is a Level 1 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. This class is a great confidence builder for people who want to understand Spanish wines specifically and “old world” wines in general.

PLEASE NOTE Wine & food menus are subject to change based on availability, inspiration, and whimsy!

WINE MENU (tentative) Cava (Penedes, southern Spanish sparkler) | Albariño (northwest Spain) | Rioja Crianza (northern Spain) | Vega Sindoa (Navarra, Tempranillo + Cabernet blend) | Juan Gil Syrah (Jumilla, southern Spain) | Ribera del Duero (western Spain, Tempranillo)

ABOUT BOSTON WINE SCHOOL BWS is a 100% snob free zone where people come to learn how to taste, think, and talk about wine. And food. And history, geology, geography, you name it – all the ways people understand and engage with wine. We know how to make wine class a delightful workshop where you put what you learn about yourself and technical wine tasting into direct expression. Classes are small – usually 12 max – and our signature teaching style is interactive, technically informative, and deeply engaging. We teach and learn about wine by tasting wine, and equally important, our students learn about themselves and each other.

ABOUT COBBLE Hidden away on the second floor of the Coolidge Corner Arcade, Cobble is an unpretentious dinner destination with a casual dinner party vibe. With inspiration drawn from the pleasure of enjoying a meal without the burden of making a single choice, chef/owner Emily Vena personally cooks and serves her style of vegetable-forward, noncommittal Italian cuisine that celebrates seasonal ingredients. Simply bring-your-own favorite beer, wine, or spirits to enjoy and we’ll take care of the rest.

ABOUT JONATHON ALSOP Jonathon 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. His new book Wine Life: A Collection Of Verses will be published in 2022. Jonathon began writing about wine, food and travel in 1988 and has written many articles for 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 is a contributing journalist and commentator on a variety of wine topics as a monthly guest on NPR: WGBH/Boston Public Radio, Under The Radar With Callie Crossley, and Boston Sunday Review. Quarry Books published Jonathon’s first book, The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado, in 2011, now available in Japanese and Chinese.


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