Wine 101: Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice | Boston Wine School @ Paired, Poured & Plated

Not sure if you know the difference between red, white and rosé?  What are sparkling wines and why aren’t they all called Champagne? How does Sauvignon Blanc differ from Cabernet Sauvignon?

The Boston Wine School is here to help answer those questions and more. “Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice” is an ideal class for wine lovers just starting their explorations of wine.   Your will learn about the 4 major wine styles and focus in on 4 of the most popular wine grape varieties.  In the process, you will begin to learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines.  An assortment of cheeses and antipasto will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.

Here at the Boston Wine School, we are a 100% Wine Snob Free Zone. We believe that learning about wine involves learning more about yourself. Our goal is to help you understand and communicate what you are experiencing when you are enjoying a glass of wine. Come start your wine journey with us.

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Missa Capozzo

Missa has held various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment. She is a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Levels 2 and 3 (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd). Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way.

YOUR HOST VENUE

Paired, Poured & Plated is an eclectic MetroWest wine, cheese, and gourmet goods store offering a diverse array of fine products to delight your taste buds. Your new favorite destination to craft memorable and delicious food and beverage experiences in your own home.

Wine, Cheese and the Pursuit of Happiness | Boston Wine School @ Brookline Adult Ed

Wine and cheese are a naturally delicious combination. They’ve been together for 8,000 years that we know of, and our species has been busy figuring out ways to make both of them more and more delicious all the time. The automatic affinity between wine and cheese is natural, but truly magical pairings rely on our tastes and abilities to make matches that are much more than just the sum of the parts.

This class will taste six major wine and cheese combinations that together express the full range of how these foods pair up: by style, by texture, by flavor, geography, even temperament.

You’ll learn practical tips and strategies for pairing at home, you’ll discover new favorite wines and cheeses, and if we teach this right, your wine and cheese life will never be exactly the same again.

 

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

Brookline High School is a four-year public high school in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts. Brookline High School has received the Gold Medal for Best High Schools from U.S. News & World Report

LAST 3 TIX Come To Cheeses! Wine + Cheese Class + Dinner | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Wine and cheese are a naturally delicious combination. They’ve been together for 8,000 years that we know of, and our species has been busy figuring out ways to make both of them more and more delicious all the time. The match of wine and cheese is partly natural and automatic, but by applying ourselves, our tastes, our abilities to understand and choose, we can put together pairings that are many times greater than just the sum of the parts.

This class – limited to 24 students – will taste six major wine and cheese combinations together that express the full range of how these foods match up: by style, by texture, by flavor, geography, even temperament.

TASTING CLASS (tentative – subject to change)

2017 Fili Millesimato Prosecco
(Veneto, northeast Italy)

Maplebrook Ricotta Fresca
(Cow’s milk, Bennington, VT, USA)

2016 Summersday White
Chenin Blanc + Viognier blend
(Lodi, south-central California, USA)

Montchèvre Chèvre
(Goat’s milk, Wisconsin, USA)

2015 Le Prince de Courthézon “Prestige” Côtes du Rhône
Grenache + Syrah + Mourvedre blend
(Courthézon, southern Rhône Valley, France)

Arc de Triomphe Double-Crème Brie
(Cow’s milk, Seine-et-Marne, north-central France )

2015 Principe Strozzi “Selvascura” Toscana IGT
Sangiovese + Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon blend
(Bolgheri, Livorno, southern Tuscany, central Italy)

Grana Padano
(Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna,
north-central Italy)

2010 Pagos de Tahola Rioja Reserva
Tempranillo + Graciano blend
(Rioja, north-central Spain)

Manchego
(Sheep’s milk, La Mancha, central Spain)

2016 Aluado Alicante Bouschet
100% Alicante Bouschet
(Lisbon, central Portugal)

Great Hill Blue
(Cow’s milk blue, Marion, Massachusetts, USA)

DINNER MENU
(tentative – subject to change)

C     E     N     A

Una notte in Italia

A Night In Italy

Timballo
Baked pasta with eggplant

Spinaci alla fiorentina
Baked spinach

Pollo Cristina
Chicken baked in wine & sage

Insalata mista
Mixed green salad

Citrus polenta cake with balsamic strawberries

2016 Paolo Valle Pinot Grigio
100% Pinot Grigio
(Friuli, northeast Italy)

2015 Pillastro Nero
Primitivo + Cabernet Sauvignon blend
(Puglia, southeast Italy)

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Magical Merlot: Off the beaten path in Castillon

Everyday Bordeaux = Bordeaux Every Day

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

2016 Château de Colombe
(Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux, western France)

This Wine Club Selection comes right out of our Burgers And Bordeaux class.

Our curriculum always focuses on the delicious, and this Merlot-heavy blend really teaches us what Merlot means in Bordeaux. As always, every Wine School Selection is a wine we teach with and you taste in class. That’s how you know it’s good.

This silky red Bordeaux represents a great value for a few simple reasons.

First, it’s from a great vintage, maybe better than 2015 even. Next, it’s from a very un-famous place – Castillon, literally on the other side of the river – which moderates the price. And finally, it’s majorly Merlot, a grape in abundance in Castillon.

The result is a soft, friendly, very easy to drink red classic with an abundance of fruit flavors – raspberry, cranberry, red cherry, and more. Best of all is the texture of this wine. It’s so lush and delightful and full of soft soft tannins, which are so rare – so many big reds are gritty instead.

Château de Colombe is drinking just fine right this very minute, but for a vintage like 2016 is shaping up to be, I would be confident to age it for 7 – 10 years. If 2016 is a special year in your life or someone you know, this is a profoundly affordable way to commemorate that year.

http://www.vinovations.us/chateau-de-colombe-castillon-cotes-de-bordeaux-2016


WINE+FOOD | Ten Dollar Cheese, Million Dollar Match

Fourme d’Ambert
Cow’s milk blue | Southern France | About $15 a pound, available widely at cheese shops and Whole Foods

Fourme is the oldest continuously made cheese in France, introduced by the ancient Romans 2,000 years ago. It looks startlingly blue – and it is – but the flavor is surprisingly mild and mostly buttery. Fourme’s rich creamy texture is a good match with the feel of this week’s wine. We use this in wine and cheese class as a “gateway” blue, a great blue cheese for people who don’t like blue cheese… yet.