Red Wine For White Wine People | Zoom Wine Class

Every now and then, we have a student at the Boston Wine School who hasn’t fallen in love with red wine… yet!

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 de1939” 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.

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.

Best New (Croatian) Wines You’ve Never Heard Of, Part Two | Zoom Wine Class

Croatia is one of the hottest wine regions on the planet right now. For the red wine lovers out there, Plavac Mali is a must-know grape!

DISCOVERING NEW TASTES | For the true wine lover, life is a constant tasting of discovery. This is what the newcomer and the veteran wine lover have in common: the excitement of experiencing a new grape, or a new place, or a new style from anywhere around the world. In this class, we’re discovering Croatia’s signature red grape called Plavac Mali, a real tooth-blackening wine you’ll want to add to your repertoire. One of Plavac Mali’s genetic parents is a red grape we call Zinfandel, so it’s both delightfully familiar and new at the same time.

Get ready to learn new grapes and some new geography, but most importantly, you’re be tasting a unique world of wine styles for the very first time with great education and like-minded wine and food lovers.

#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 Vina Deak “Ćaća moj” Plavac Mali Rosé

2016 Terra Madre “Premium” Plavac Mali

2016 Komarna 7 Plavac Mali

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 online from the importer if that’s more convenient. Here are the links to the wines we’ll be tasting:

Vina Deak “Ćaća moj” Plavac Mali Rosé | Terra Madre “Premium” Plavac Mali | Komarna 7 Plavac Mali

HOW ABOUT FOOD? | Here are a few food pairing suggestions. Feel free to use this as a guide, come up with your own ideas and have fun with it all!

Cheese | Pecorino pepato (salty sheep’s milk cheese with whole peppercorns), Gorgonzola (cow’s milk blue), and Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue (smoked cow’s milk blue)

Meat | Soppressata, bison burgers, braised short ribs of beef, and lamb shanks

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 Croatia 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 about an hour before class starts.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND | This 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 Plavac Mali and where it fits in the world of wine and wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT | 1 hour online program

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.

Private Wine Class | Boston Wine School Via Zoom

Learn what you love, love what you learn!

Great teachers don’t teach you what they know – they figure out what you need to learn, and then they teach you that.

We’ve always followed this philosophy at the Boston Wine School. Classes have always been small in number and intimate in style, and now you can have that same personal experience in a one-on-one Zoom setting. You have my undivided attention during a wine class designed by me especially for you.

Here’s how it works:

WHEN YOU REGISTER | Say something about what you want to learn and why, and suggest a few dates & times for your private wine class.

STEP ONE | You talk, I listen. We have a conversation about you, your wine and food tastes, what you want to learn, how you like to learn, and more.

STEP TWO | I create a list of wines and foods specially selected for your class. Then you go shopping!

STEP THREE | I develop your personal curriculum around what you want to learn, we set a date & time, then in your class , the fun and learning begin!

It’s pretty much that simple. We connect via Zoom live from my wine cellar, the place where I taught the very first Boston Wine School classes.

Any questions or ideas, please contact me and let me know. See you in class!

Pinot To The People! | Zoom Wine Class

THE POWER OF PINOT
There’s more to Pinot than meets the eye. Pinot Grigio stakes out the light white range of the wine spectrum and Pinot Noir the light red. Yet another member of the Pinot family – Pinotage – is on the far side of Cabernet. In this class, you’ll taste the broad range of flavors we associate with Pinot. Get ready to open you mind and palate to great Grigio, new flavors, and more.

#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. They are three major members of the Pinot family: traditional Italian Pinot Grigio, California Pinot Noir, and Pinotage from South Africa.

2018 Brunellesco Pinot Grigio (Veneto, northeast Italy, about $12)
2017 Poppy Hill Pinot Noir (Carneros, Napa County, California, USA, about $19)
2018 Angels Tears Pinotage “Le Chocolat” (Western Cape, South Africa, 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!

Pinot Grigio + ricotta fresca (light, creamy cow’s milk cheese) | focaccia (herbed Italian pan bread)
Pinot Noir + prosciutto | mushroom pâté | Robiola a due latti (Brie-like rind, blend of cow’s and sheep’s milk)
Pinotage + short ribs / lamb shank braise | Rogue River Blue (Smoked blue cheese)

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 Pinot 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
“Pinot To The 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, major wine grapes, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis is on providing an overview of the Pinot family 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 | The Spectrum Of Wine | Proper Pinot

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.

Wine, Cheese, And The Pursuit Of Happiness | Zoom Wine Class

MAKING THE PERFECT MATCH
Wine and cheese have been together a long time – at least 8,000 years that we know of – and there’s a natural affinity. When you get the right wine together with the right cheese, the result is biochemical magic, a whole new world of flavors a thousand times greater than either one alone. This class will taste three wines plus three cheeses that represent the different ways wine and cheese pair up with each other. Get ready to experience combinations and flavors you’ve never tasted before.

#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 with these three cheeses, which are readily available at Whole Foods, Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge & South End, Wassik’s in Wellesley and others.

2018 Cellier des Chartreux ‘Blue’ Sauvignon Blanc (Pujaut, southern Rhône , southern France, about $15)
Bucheron Chèvre (Goat’s milk, Loire Valley, northwest France)

2017 Poppy Hill Pinot Noir (Carneros, California, USA, about $19)
Comté (AKA Gruyère de Comté, cow’s milk, Franche-Comté, central France)

2018 Angels Tears Pinotage “Le Chocolat” (Western Cape, South Africa, about $15)
Gorgonzola dolce (Cow’s milk blue, Gorgonzola, Milan, north-central Italy)

Order the wines 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.

THREE WINE GLASSES & A WEBCAM

You can do this as big or as little as you like. Taste along with all three plus all the cheeses, or pick one or two, or just tune in and learn with whatever you have in your refrigerator.

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
“Wine, Cheese, And The Pursuit Of Happiness” 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 food and cheese pairing concepts that fit in the world of wine and wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT
1 hour classroom program

PROGRAM SYLLABUS (tentative)
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | The Spectrum Of Wine | Jet Propulsion Pairings

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.

Italian Wine Fundamentals | Zoom Wine Class

VENI VIDI VINO | I Came, I Saw, I Drank Wine
Let’s face it: we could do a 52-week Italian wine class and just be scratching the surface, so it’s daunting to try to boil Italy down to three wines, but here goes! We’ll taste the whole wine country, starting with some classic Trebbiano from northern Italy, then Sangiovese in Tuscany, and finally, Nero d’Avola from sunny southern Sicily. Get ready to taste three distinct climates and grapes that explain the northern-central-southern styles. You’ll be speaking fluent Chianti by the time this class is over!

#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 Pratello Trebbiano di Lugana (Lugana, Lombardy, north-central Italy, about $19)
2018 Poggio Argentale Chianti DOCG (Vinci, Florence, Tuscany, central Italy, about $20)
2017 Capo Zafferano Nero d’Avola (Avola, southeast Sicily, southwest Italy, about $17)

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!

Pinot Grigio + ricotta fresca (light, creamy cow’s milk cheese) | focaccia (herbed Italian pan bread)
Chianti / Sangiovese + prosciutto | mushroom pâté | Grana Padano (Parmigiano-like, cow’s milk)
Nero d’Avola + short ribs / lamb shank braise | Gorgonzola dolce (Cow’s milk blue cheese) | 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 Italy 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
“Italian Wine Fundamentals” 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 Italian wine 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 | The Spectrum Of Wine | Ages Of Wine

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.

How To Taste Wine And Why | Zoom Wine Class

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 classroom 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.