Life Is A Cabernet! | Zoom Wine Class For #RestaurantStrong Fund

Thank you for tasting great wine for a great cause! Here’s how it works.

Proceeds from this tasting class will go to the #RestaurantStrong Fund to support people from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. And the wines you find to taste along in class, all that goes right to your local wine shops.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR WINE

I’m going to open and teach to these three wines. They represent two broad stylings of north and south American Cab plus the French origin Cabernet style of Bordeaux.

  • 2015 Ravanal ‘Rawen’ Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, Chile, about $15)
  • 2017 Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, CA USA, about $20)
  • 2015 Château Les Hauts de Trintaudon (Haut-Medoc, central Bordeaux, western France, about $15)

Order from Solera: A Shrine To Wine at our Roslindale campus. You can also order them from your favorite wine shop. Do not be shy about getting equivalents when you need to – there are lots of other Cabs from Paso Robles and Chile that will work fine too.

THREE WINE GLASSES & A WEBCAM

You can do this as big or as little as you want. Taste along with all three, or one or two, or just tune in and learn about Cabernet with the Cabernet you have in your glass.

After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom address and password (if needed) for the tasting class.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“Life Is A Cabernet!” 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 Cabernet Sauvignon and where it fits in the world of wine and wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT
1 hour classroom program

PROGRAM SYLLABUS (tentative)
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | Grape Expectations | Making Wine Matter

  • Bordeaux: Cabernet Through Time
  • Southern Star: Chile
  • Sunny Southern California: Paso Robles

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

YOUR EDUCATOR

Jonathon Alsop

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.

ZOOM

After you sign up, you will receive a Zoom address and password (if needed) for the tasting class.

Blending For Power Wine

By Jonathon Alsop

BOSTON, MA — This is one of those wines that really sets your expectations before you even get into the bottle.

First of all, the richly artistic label – evocative and powerful on its own – promises a powerful wine experience. And then the blend – Cabernet Sauvignon plus Zinfandel – is simultaneously new yet embarrassingly obvious too. As soon as I saw it, I had one of those “DUH!” moments. America loves Cabernet… America loves Zinfandel – what took us so long?

There are other blends out there that use Cab and Zin with other grapes, but so far this is the only pure Cabernet + Zinfandel blend I’ve ever encountered, and I plan to encounter it again and again! This is a $17 blend that tastes better than any $17 Cabernet or $17 Zinfandel on its own.

The Ocean Howler really represents the best of both worlds: the bright, juicy, fruity happiness of Zinfandel combined with Cabernet’s earthiness and weight. It’s not quite April yet, but I’m already thinking about barbecue season, and this blend would be delicious with anything smoky and meaty off the grill. At just $2.20 a glass, this is one of the tastiest under-the-radar wines I’ve come across in a long time.

2016 The Ocean Howler Cabernet Sauvignon + Zinfandel
(Lodi, central California, USA)

https://www.vinovations.us/the-ocean-howler-cabernet-sauvignon-zinfandel-2016/