IT’S ALL A MATTER OF TASTE We get it: red wine – especially big brawny red wine – can be an acquired taste. The weight of red wine can make it feel very dense and heavy. That grippy, tannic texture can take a little getting used to. And some people just prefer their wine much colder than we traditionally serve reds. In this class, you’re going to learn three major techniques everyone can use to help white wine people find their way in the red wine end of the spectrum. We’ll start with Beaujolais – traditionally the easiest of the red wines – then try a couple of deliciously light red grapes from Italy you’ve probably never heard of. Taste is a thing that is constantly growing, and we’re going to help make it easy to grow in new directions!
#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.
2017 Domaine Pascal Aufranc “Vignes de 1939” Chénas (Beaujolais, central France)
2017 Caparra & Siciliani “Solagi” Gaglioppo (Cirò , Calabria, southern Italy)
2017 Nals Margreid “Galea” Schiava (Alto-Adige, northern Italy)
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 are 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!
Beaujolais + Brie | Camembert | Roasted black grapes
Gaglioppo + Mushroom pâté | Smoked bluefish | Green olives
Schiava + Melon & prosciutto | Ricotta fresca | Grilled peaches with balsamic glaze
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 “Red Wine For White Wine People” 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, red wine grapes white wine people are going to love, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis is on providing an introduction to red wines, 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 | Feeling Red Wine | Food Friendly
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.
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.