If Italy means wine – and it does – Tuscany is the heart of Italian wine. Even people who swear they know nothing about wine still know Chianti, which means people know Tuscany, whether they know it or not.
Tuscany is where the food and wine traditions of the north meet the food and wine traditions of the south. This awesome blending of tradition is just one of the things that makes this region the best wine and food destination in Italy.Truth is, we could do a 52 week Tuscany class and still have plenty of wines left over, the region is that deep in tradition and innovation.
Tasting class will begin with Sangiovese, what it is as a grape and what it represents within Italian wine culture. Then we’ll taste our way through three different Chianti, the most famous and well-known Sangiovese expression. Finally, class will learn about robust local distinctions in Montalcino and Montepulciano that are growing more and more famous by the day.
Your Tuscan wine confidence will be sky high after this class. We’ll serve bread, cheese, olives and antipasto to go along with the wines we taste to highlight some fundamentals of pairing.
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 wine lovers and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
We’re going to stay inside the border of Tuscany, but go deep into Sangiovese the grape and some of the distinct places it grows. Students will taste and learn fundamental Sangiovese, then discover the difference between three different versions of Chianti. Finally, class will learn the distinct local expressions of Sangiovese from Montalcino and Montepulciano. We will review some fundamentals of technical wine tasting to start, then taste our way from one end of Tuscany to the other. The emphasis is on giving people tools to understand wine and understand themselves, and then practicing the language of wine in class in the moment of discovery.
2 hour classroom program
6 – 8 wines tasted
Bread, cheese, olives, antipasto
TASTING SYLLABUS (tentative)
STARS OF SANGIOVESE
2016 Casale dello Sparviero Rosso di Toscana
2017 Innocenti “Lume” Sangiovese
2014 Pio II Chianti DOCG
2017 Antico Colle Chianti Colli Senesi
2016 Casale dello Sparviero Chianti Classico
WINE’S SENSE OF TIME & PLACE
2015 Cantina Crociani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
2016 Innocenti Rosso di Montalcino
2016 Viper Super Tuscan
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.
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.