WAIT LIST! Wine 101: Wine Tasting For The Complete Novice | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

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. You 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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

“Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice”  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, 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 food pairing concepts.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + bread, cheese, olives

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (tentative – subject to change)

Bubbling Over

NV Villa Jolanda Prosecco
(Prosecco, Veneto, northeast Italy)

Wild Vines

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

To Oak Or Not To Oak?

2018 Grove Ridge Chardonnay
(California, USA)

Pretty In Pink

2017 Altopiano Rosato
(Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, east-central Italy)

Pinot To The People

2016 Yering Station “Little Yering” Pinot Noir
(Yarra Valley, southern Australia)

Life Is A Cabernet

2016 Puerto Infinito Cabernet Sauvignon
(Aconcagua, Mendoza, Argentina)

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!

How To Taste Wine And Why | Zoom Wine Class

Get ready to learn the fundamentals of wine tasting, and start getting more out of every single glass of wine you taste!

TASTING, THINKING & TALKING ABOUT WINE Wine should be simple and fun, and honestly sometimes wine lovers make it so much harder than it has to be it almost drives me to beer. Fact is, the more you know about wine, the more you love wine, and the more different kinds of wines you love. This class is for the engaged newcomer who’s ready to take wine tasting to the next level that we all can feel is there. You’ll learn technical wine tasting while experiencing a great range of wine colors, styles, and flavors. Learn what makes red wine red and start speaking Sauvignon fluently.

#RESTAURANTSTRONG 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.

2018 Cellier des Chartreux ‘Blue’ Sauvignon Blanc (Pujaut, southern Rhône , southern France, about $15)

2018 Lavendette Rosé de Provence (Provence, southern France, about $15)

2017 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, southern California, USA, 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!

Sauvignon Blanc + Goat’s milk cheese | Green olives | Steamed shrimp shumai

Rosé + Mushroom pâté | Roast garlic | Pork & mushroom dumplings

Cabernet Sauvignon + Anything on the grill | Gorgonzola dolce (Cow’s milk blue cheese) | Black olives

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 wine 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 “How To Taste Wine And Why” 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 wine, building wine vocabulary, and becoming fluent in expressing your own wine tastes.

PROGRAM FORMAT 1 hour online program

PROGRAM SYLLABUS (tentative) Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | The Spectrum Of Wine | Pretty In Pink

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 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.

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.