SOLD OUT / JOIN WAIT LIST! Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

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 14 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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

“Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness”  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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Students will learn technical wine tasting, the major wine grapes, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis in Level 1 is on providing an overview of wine and wine tasting, plus an introduction to wine and cheese pairing concepts.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + 6 cheeses tasted

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (tentative – subject to change)

Bubbling Over

NV Villa Jolanda Prosecco
100% Glera
(Prosecco, Veneto, northeast Italy)

Liuzzi Ricotta Fresca
(Cow’s milk, Hamden, CT, USA)

Salt & Acid

2018 Clos Fussay Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Reuilly, Loire Valley, northwest France)

Garrotxa
(Goat’s milk, Catalonia, northeast Spain)

Blending In

2016 14 Hands “Hot To Trot”
Chardonnay + Riesling + Others blend
(Washington, Pacific Northwest, USA)

Beemster X-O | Aged 26 months
(Cow’s milk, Beemster, north Amsterdam,
The Netherlands)

Grape Expectations

2014 Terrilogio Toscana
85% Sangiovese + 10% Cabernet Sauvignon + 5% Merlot
(Tuscany, central Italy)

Robiola al Tartufo
(Cow’s milk, Umbria. central Italy)

Sheepish

2017 El Capricho Tannat
100% Tannat
(Uruguay, South America)

Sfizio Crotonese | Aged 9 months
(Sheep’s milk, Calabria, southern Italy)

Kind Of Blue

2018 Cave de Roquebrun “Chemin des Olivettes”
45% Syrah + 30% Grenache + 15% Mourvèdre + 10% Carignan blend
(Languedoc, southwest France)

Fourme d’Ambert
(Cow’s milk blue, Ambert,
Central France)

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.

VENUE

Solera

SOLERA – A SHRINE TO WINE is a neighborhood specialty wine store nestled in the heart of Roslindale Square (Boston). The store, now in its 18th year is warmly decorated in green and deep purple resembling the colors of the grapes and filled with rack after rack of “offbeat wines”, pretty much everything a modern wine geek seeks out and loves, at more than reasonable prices.

With nearly 500 bottle selections from across the globe, unlike the monster chain stores and supermarkets, Solera takes a back seat to none and offers a stellar sampling of the world’s best and some unusual vineyards with average prices from 10 to 20 dollars or more, if your budget allows. Since wine education, and customer service are vital to our business, individual attention to the customer is the reason why the press has designated the Solera staff as “well versed grape-talkers”. When you want to smarten up on your wine there is no better place to do just that than in this little gem of a store, where wine is constantly being discussed with purpose and a smile!

WINE TRAVEL | Discover Tuscany with Boston Wine School

Boston Wine School in Tuscany | 13 – 19 April 2020

People ask me all the time if I ever thought about doing some Boston Wine School travel programs. Fact is, tour companies contact me all the time, and I’ll be honest: it sounds bad – too much travel, too many hotels, too little time – and I’ve never ever done it.

Until now.

I’ve finally found the right place, the right wines, and the right people to create the Boston Wine School in Tuscany. Put it on your calendar!

Monday 13 April – Sunday 19 April 2020

What’s it going to be like? If you’ve ever been to a Boston Wine School class, you know how interactive and fun and creative they are. It’s going to be exactly like that, only in Tuscany for six days!

Each day features different interactive wine, food, science, business, history, or linguistics classes to take you deep into Tuscany. Our home base is the vineyard and winery Tenuta Santo Pietro just outside the town of Pienza, south of Siena. From there, we will travel easily and leisurely to our day of cooking classes, our workshop at the cheese farm, or the morning of soil and geography and tasting right where the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Wine lovers have been asking for this kind of total immersive wine and travel education experience for a long time.

Itinerary

Please note this itinerary is tentative and subject to change based on availability and curriculum. See “The Fine Print” below for details.

DAY ONE     ARRIVAL DAY     Mon 13 April

ARRIVE | Train station @ Chiusi-Chianciano / Shuttle from train station to winery. Private transportation from Rome or Florence can be arranged for an additional fee.
AM | Arrive, unwind, relax, get settled in, taste some wine, eat some prosciutto
PM | Check in at 3pm,  dinner in the winery with winemaker Giuseppe Savignano

DAY TWO     TUSCANY ALL AROUND YOU     Tue April 14

AM | Breakfast | Vineyard tour of major grapes and soils
TASTING CLASS: Tasting Tuscan Terroir by Jonathon Alsop
Drive to Caseificio in Pienza for Pecorino tasting & light lunch
PM | COOKING CLASS: Fundamentals of Tuscan Cooking
Horizontal wine pairing dinner by Giuseppe Savignano with Tenuta Santo Pietro selections

DAY THREE     MASTERING MONTEPULCIANO     Wed April 15

AM | Breakfast | Drive to Montepulciano
TASTING CLASS: Vino Nobile at Crociani Cellars by Jonathon Alsop + vist and tour at historic Palazzo Ricci
PM | Lunch at Acquachetta (or equivalent neighbor) in Montepulciano
Afternoon at leisure in town or back at the vineyard
TASTING CLASS: Prugnolo Gentile Over Time by Jonathon Alsop
Cinghiale all Toscana wine pairing dinner at Tenuta Santo Pietro with wines by Antico Colle

DAY FOUR     BRAVO BRUNELLO     Thu April 16

AM | Breakfast | Drive to Montalcino
TASTING CLASS: Understanding Brunello by Jonathon Alsop at Innocenti Winery
Drive to San Giovanni d’Asso
PM | Truffle market lunch
TASTING CLASS: Triumph and Truffles
Afternoon at leisure
Trans-Italian truffle pairing dinner with Barolo, Amarone and Brunello

DAY FIVE     COMPLETELY CHIANTI      Fri April 17

AM | Breakfast | Drive to Castellina in Chianti
TASTING CLASS: Fundamentals of Chianti  by Jonathon Alsop at Sparviero
PM | Meat market tour and lunch
TASTING / COOKING CLASS: Red Wine and Red Meat
Bistecca alla Fiorentina wine dinner at Tenuta Santo Pietro

DAY SIX     EXAM & GRADUATION DAY     Sat April 18

AM | Exam prep + exam + lunch at Tenuta Santo Pietro
PM | Afternoon at leisure | Graduation  and sparkling wine dinner in the winery

Sun April 19 2020

DEPART | ItaliaRail @ Chiusi-Chianciano Terme / Private transportation to Rome or Florence can be arranged for an additional fee.

The Fine Print

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Advance reservations are required for all tours. A 50% per person deposit is required and final payment is due no later than 45 days prior to tour departure. Payments may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:
We understand that you may occasionally need to change your travel plans due to unexpected events. We strongly recommend the purchase of Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance (see below). Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Please carefully read the following Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to departure forfeit the deposit. Cancellations made 30 days prior to the departure date on any tour are 100% non-refundable. Additionally there are no refunds for unused portions of your tour. If Boston Wine School must cancel a tour, all travelers will be notified and receive a full refund of all payments made to Boston Wine School. Please note: we often co-sell tours with other travel companies whose cancellation policies may differ from Boston Wine School. Please call for details.

AIRLINE TICKETS PURCHASED INDEPENDENT OF A TOUR:
Boston Wine School urges you to check airline cancellation policies before purchasing airline tickets. Tours can be cancelled for reasons including low enrollment. Boston Wine School accepts no responsibility or liability for cancellation penalties related to airline tickets purchased independently.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance protects you if you need to cancel your trip for covered reasons prior to departure or if other covered, unforeseen circumstances arise during your trip. Deluxe Policy protects you for cancelling for ANY reason! Policies apply to both domestic and international travel, cruises and airfare. Travel insurance is offered through many highly regarded providers of travel insurance.

TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:
You must purchase travel insurance within fourteen days of your initial deposit to waive the pre-existing condition exclusion.
Medicare does not cover expenses incurred outside the U.S. If you have supplemental insurance those expenses may be covered by that company however, check directly with them.

WHAT IS TYPICALLY INCLUDED:
Included in the price is 6 nights’ accommodation, all meals during the tour, all winery tours, all wines at the visits, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes. Basically everything is included except your flights, your onwards transport after the tour ends in Pienza, insurance, gratuities, and any items of a personal nature.

CHANGES:
Itineraries are subject to change. We do our best to avoid changes, but we must reserve the right to add a surcharge or to modify or cancel a tour if we are faced with significant increased costs and/or currency fluctuations over which we have no control.

GRATUITIES AND TIPPING:
Tipping may be awkward for some people. Your tour price typically includes gratuities, but a personal gratuity for tour managers, drivers, guides and hotel housekeeping is a typical way of showing your appreciation.

TERMS OF SERVICE:
Boston Wine School, acts a only in the capacity of agent for the tour participant. We in no way represent nor act as agent for travel service suppliers such as hotels/motels, restaurants, sightseeing attractions and tours and transportation. We accept no responsibility or liability caused by the defect or negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved. We cannot be held responsible for events beyond our control, such as (without limitations) acts of God, declared or undeclared war, strikes, government restrictions, terrorist activities, defects in vehicles, breakdown of equipment, delay, or cancellation of, or changes in itinerary or schedule.

We reserve the right to make changes in the published itineraries whenever, in our sole judgment, conditions so warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort or convenience or safety of our tour participants. We reserve the right to withdraw without penalty, any tour announced. Our sole responsibility upon cancellation of a tour is the refund of monies paid.

We also reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour or end an individual’s participation in a tour at any time when such an action is determined by the appropriate Boston Wine School staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general well-being of the tour group or individual participant. Any dispute or controversy that might be the subject of any action in court shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and shall be resolved through the binding arbitration in accordance with the terms and conditions of state law.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
I understand that this agreement with Boston Wine School, contains an agreement to arbitrate. After consenting hereto, I understand that I will not be able to bring a lawsuit concerning any dispute that may arise, which is covered by the arbitration agreement, unless it involves a question of constitutional or civil rights. Instead, I agree to submit any such dispute to an impartial arbitrator. Your partial or full payment or signature on a Boston Wine School constitutes consent to all provisions of the conditions and general information listed here.

SOLD OUT / JOIN WAIT LIST! Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

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 14 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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

“Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness”  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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Students will learn technical wine tasting, the major wine grapes, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis in Level 1 is on providing an overview of wine and wine tasting, plus an introduction to wine and cheese pairing concepts.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + 6 cheeses tasted

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (tentative – subject to change)

Bubbling Over

NV Villa Jolanda Prosecco
100% Glera
(Prosecco, Veneto, northeast Italy)

Liuzzi Ricotta Fresca
(Cow’s milk, Hamden, CT, USA)

Salt & Acid

2018 Clos Fussay Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Reuilly, Loire Valley, northwest France)

Garrotxa
(Goat’s milk, Catalonia, northeast Spain)

Blending In

2016 14 Hands “Hot To Trot”
Chardonnay + Riesling + Others blend
(Washington, Pacific Northwest, USA)

Beemster X-O | Aged 26 months
(Cow’s milk, Beemster, north Amsterdam,
The Netherlands)

Grape Expectations

2014 Terrilogio Toscana
85% Sangiovese + 10% Cabernet Sauvignon + 5% Merlot
(Tuscany, central Italy)

Robiola al Tartufo
(Cow’s milk, Umbria. central Italy)

Sheepish

2017 El Capricho Tannat
100% Tannat
(Uruguay, South America)

Sfizio Crotonese | Aged 9 months
(Sheep’s milk, Calabria, southern Italy)

Kind Of Blue

2018 Cave de Roquebrun “Chemin des Olivettes”
45% Syrah + 30% Grenache + 15% Mourvèdre + 10% Carignan blend
(Languedoc, southwest France)

Fourme d’Ambert
(Cow’s milk blue, Ambert,
Central France)

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.

VENUE

Solera

SOLERA – A SHRINE TO WINE is a neighborhood specialty wine store nestled in the heart of Roslindale Square (Boston). The store, now in its 18th year is warmly decorated in green and deep purple resembling the colors of the grapes and filled with rack after rack of “offbeat wines”, pretty much everything a modern wine geek seeks out and loves, at more than reasonable prices.

With nearly 500 bottle selections from across the globe, unlike the monster chain stores and supermarkets, Solera takes a back seat to none and offers a stellar sampling of the world’s best and some unusual vineyards with average prices from 10 to 20 dollars or more, if your budget allows. Since wine education, and customer service are vital to our business, individual attention to the customer is the reason why the press has designated the Solera staff as “well versed grape-talkers”. When you want to smarten up on your wine there is no better place to do just that than in this little gem of a store, where wine is constantly being discussed with purpose and a smile!

SOLD OUT! Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

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 14 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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

“Wine, Cheese And The Pursuit Of Happiness”  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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Students will learn technical wine tasting, the major wine grapes, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis in Level 1 is on providing an overview of wine and wine tasting, plus an introduction to wine and cheese pairing concepts.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + 6 cheeses tasted

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (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)

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.

VENUE

Solera

SOLERA – A SHRINE TO WINE is a neighborhood specialty wine store nestled in the heart of Roslindale Square (Boston). The store, now in its 18th year is warmly decorated in green and deep purple resembling the colors of the grapes and filled with rack after rack of “offbeat wines”, pretty much everything a modern wine geek seeks out and loves, at more than reasonable prices.

With nearly 500 bottle selections from across the globe, unlike the monster chain stores and supermarkets, Solera takes a back seat to none and offers a stellar sampling of the world’s best and some unusual vineyards with average prices from 10 to 20 dollars or more, if your budget allows. Since wine education, and customer service are vital to our business, individual attention to the customer is the reason why the press has designated the Solera staff as “well versed grape-talkers”. When you want to smarten up on your wine there is no better place to do just that than in this little gem of a store, where wine is constantly being discussed with purpose and a smile!

Magical Merlot: Off the beaten path in Castillon

By Jonathon Alsop

BOSTON, MA — 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.

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

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.