BWSEd Level 2: Certificate in Wine and Wine Tasting | Boston Wine School @ Beverly Farms

Level 2 Certificate in Wine and Wine Tasting
Saturday + Sunday, November 14 + 15, 1pm – 5pm each day

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Level 2 is a foundation course for experienced beginners and enthusiasts. It assumes basic exposure to wine and some technical wine tasting knowledge. This program is appropriate for both consumers and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
This program focuses on the unique role that place plays in the world of wine. Students will learn the major wine regions of Europe, how wine making techniques influence wine style, and the language of wine. The aim of Level 2 is to provide a broad range of knowledge about wine history, wine agriculture, and wine making.

LEVEL 2 PROGRAM FORMAT
8 hours classroom program
1-2 hours exam
24 – 30 wines tasted
Online multiple choice exam | 25 questions | Minimum passing score 75%
Wine tasting exam | 3 wines | 3 short-form questions | 1 essay question

LEVEL 2 SYLLABUS

DAY ONE, PART ONE | 1pm – 3pm
Veni Vidi Vino: Wines of Italy

DAY ONE, PART TWO | 3pm – 5pm
The Language Of Wine
– Wine And Words
– Wine Label Interpretation
– Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of

DAY TWO, PART ONE | 1pm – 3pm
Tour de France: Fundamentals Of French Wine

DAY TWO, PART TWO | 3pm – 4:30pm
Wine And Cheese: Making The Perfect Match
– Fundamentals of Wine & Food Pairing
– Wines of California, Oregon & Washington

DAY TWO, PART THREE | 4:30pm – 5pm
Online multiple choice exam
Wine tasting exam

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.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Multiple choice exam of 25 questions
Wine tasting exam of 3 wines, 4 short-form questions, and 1 essay question
Complete classroom program
Complete classroom wine tasting exercise

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.

LAST 2 TIX! 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!

BWSEd Level 1: Certificate in Wine | Boston Wine School @ Beverly Farms

Level 1 Certificate in Wine
Saturday + Sunday, October 24 + 25, 1pm – 5pm each day

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Level 1 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, 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 food pairing concepts.

LEVEL 1 PROGRAM FORMAT
8 hour classroom program
20 – 24 wines tasted

LEVEL 1 PROGRAM SYLLABUS
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting
The Big Four: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Understanding Wine Grapes: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Rosé, Montepulciano, Syrah, Merlot
Wine Styles: Old World Versus New World

TASTING SYLLABUS (tentative)
Part 1 The Big Four

2017 Riverdell Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ
2017 Villa degli Olmi Chardonnay, Vicenza, Veneto, NE Italy
2017 Poiema Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, southern California, USA
2013 Aresti “Trisquel” Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile

Part 2 Grape Expectations
2018 i Lauri “Tavo” Pinot Grigio, Veneto, NE Italy
2015 Jakob Gerhardt “Das Meer” Riesling Trocken, Nierstein, central Rhine, western Germany
2018 Atlantique Cabernet Franc Rosé, Loire Valley, NW France
2016 Colle Corviano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, east-central Itay
2017 Villa degli Olmi Merlot, Vicenza, Veneto, NE Italy
2013 The Woodhouse “Dessek” Syrah, Washington, Pacific northwest, USA

Part 3 Wine Style
NV Palacio de Palau Cava Brut, Castilla, north-central Spain
2018 Atlantique Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, NW France
2015 En Passant Cinsault + Syrah. Languedoc, SW France
2014 Siglo Rioja Crianza, Rioja, northern Spain
2017 Antico Colle Chianti Colli Senesi, Siena, Tuscany, central Italy
2014 Tacchino Barbera del Monferrato, Piemonte, northwest Italy

Part 4 New Worlds Of Wine
2018 Casa de Fonte Pequena “Mare Alta” Vinho Verde, northern Portugal
2018 Menhir “Minutolo” Fiano, Salento, Puglia, southwest Italy
2016 Vigna Roda “Espero” Cabernet Sauvignon + Carmenere, Colli Euganei, Padua, Veneto, northeast Italy
2014 Cavalo Preto Malbec, Mendoza, western Argentina
2013 Aresti “Trisquel” Cabernet Sauvignon + Syrah + Petit Verdot, Valle Central, Chile
2016 Tenuta Santo Pietro “Viper” Super Tuscan, Pienza, Tuscany, central Italy

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.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Complete classroom program
Complete classroom wine tasting exercise
Multiple choice exam of 25 questions
Minimum passing score 75%

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.

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

People ask all the time about pairing wine and food. Pairing wine and cheese is the perfect place to start!

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 online 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.

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

People ask all the time about pairing wine and food. Pairing wine and cheese is the perfect place to start!

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 online 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.

Wine Word Of The Month: “Lean”

By Jonathon Alsop

BOSTON, MA — It’s hard to speak the language of wine because it’s a language invented by drunk people, but wine lovers blame themselves for the convoluted vocabulary. Talking about wine is like writing a poem where multiple literal and metaphorical images appear and overlap. But it would help if we could get clear on a few basic words.

Someone threw the word “lean” into the mix the other night in class to describe the body of an Italian Pinot Grigio we were tasting. The opposite of “lean” is “fat” or “big and round” – think archetypical California Chardonnay. The PG in question was light in weight and silver in color, edgy, zippy, a little watery, but in a good way.

We use a lot of body image descriptors to talk about wine – a big red can be legitimately called a “body builder” – and they are a natural way to think and talk about wine.

HOMEWORK: Use it in a sentence. For instance: “I want a glass of white wine, something lean and light.”

Paolo Valle Pinot Grigio 2016


Something lean and light? Here you go!

One of the challenges with Italian Pinot Grigio is that it’s extremely different depending on where it’s grown in Italy. Sometimes, grown hot and wild in the south, Pinot Grigio comes off thin and watery, but not this one. Friuli is the foothills of the Alps – next stop, Austria and Slovenia – and the growing season is long and cool. What slow cooking does for food, slow growing does for wine. The result is a suave, rich Pinot Grigio to pair with seafood of all kinds, wild mushroom risotto, even fragrant veal and pork dishes.

2016 Paolo Valle Pinot Grigio
100% Pinot Grigio
(Friuli, northeast Italy, $18.99)

https://www.vinovations.us/paolo-valle-pinot-grigio-2016/

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.