Wine & Chocolate: Show Mom the Wine Love (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Who could resist wine or chocolate… especially on Mother’s Day? 

For this special evening, we will begin with a 2 hour class which will allow you to experience how wine and chocolate pair so well together.  Learn what wine and chocolate have in common and how they develop their unique styles.  Taste through a variety of wines and chocolates in search of the most perfect match.  Class is followed by a delicious Italian inspired dinner accompanied by white and red Italian wines.

Here at the Boston Wine School, we are a 100% Wine Snob Free Zone.  We believe that learning about wine and chocolate 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 or a morsel of chocolate.

TASTING MENU (tentative)

Prosecco + Ricotta Fresca with Valrhona Chocolate Pearls

California Chardonnay + Scharffen Berger Milk Chocolate

German Riesling + Chocolate Fruit

Cotes du Rhone + Valrhona Bittersweet Chocolate Disks

Spanish Tempranillo + Taza Chocolate Mexicano

Zinfandel + Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark

DINNER: A Night in Italy

Pollo Cristina | Chicken baked in nutmeg and wine

Spinaci alla fiorentina | Baked spinach with mushroom (vegetarian)

Timballo | Penne pasta baked in cheese sauce with roast eggplant crust (vegetarian)

Flourless chocolate cake with balsamic glaze | Fruit

Pinot Grigio | Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

 YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

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

Saturday + Sunday | April 13, 10am – 3pm | April 14, 10am – 5pm

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

10 hours classroom program

24 – 30 wines tasted

Online multiple choice exam | 25 questions | Minimum passing score 75%
Wine tasting exam | 3 wines | 4 short-form questions | 1 essay question

LEVEL 2 SYLLABUS

DAY ONE, PART ONE | 10am – 12 pm
Veni Vidi Vino: Wines of Italy

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

DAY TWO, PART ONE | 10am – 12pm
The Language Of Wine
– Wine And Words
– Wine Label Interpretation
– Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of

DAY TWO, PART TWO | 1 – 3 pm
Wine And Cheese: Making The Perfect Match
– Fundamentals of Wine & Food Pairing
– Wines of California, Oregon & Washington

DAY TWO, PART THREE | 3 – 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

Night In Tuscany (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Join us for for the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Italy and Tuscany without ever leaving the Boston Wine School!

Get yourself ready for a broad range of Tuscan wines, from crisp whites to gutsy bold reds. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Tuscany has to offer. Wine is produced in every region of Italy, and we are just going to scratch the surface of Tuscany when it comes to exploring the thousands of different varieties and styles of Italian wine.

The evening focuses on a mini-wine tour of the Tuscan region. Appetizers and cheese will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food. You’ll experience the culinary sights, smells and tastes of Italy via your wine glass and plate. By the end of the evening, someone will know their Chianti from Chianti Classico!

After class, put your education to the test over a delicious catered wine dinner. We’ll make a major food match with a Tuscan white and red specially selected for the menu.

MENU
Please understand the food and wine menu are subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

Bubbling Over
NV Alessandro Gallici Prosecco Extra-Dry (Veneto, northeast Italy)
Ricotta fresca canapés With rose petal jam With olive oil & herbes de Provence

North By Northwest
2011 Casa Taurini Barbera d’Asti (Asti, Piemonte, northwest Italy)
Spectrum Of Sangiovese
I G T 2015 Strozzi “Selvascura” Toscana IGT (Maremma, southern Tuscany)

PRUGNOLO 2012 Duca di Cardino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Montepulciano, eastern Tuscany)

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 2013 Lornano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva (Siena, central Tuscany)

CLASSICAL 2015 Pieve di Spaltenna Chianti Classic (Gaiole, Chianti, central Tuscany)

Southern Star
2013 Pillastro Primitivo + Negroamaro (Puglia, southern Italy)
i Formaggi
Fontina Val D’Aosta | Cow’s milk, northern Italy
Grana Padano | Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna, north-central Italy
Gorgonzola Dolce | Cow’s milk, Milan, north-central Italy

C E N A
Timballo | Baked pasta with eggplant
Spinaci alla fiorentina | Baked spinach
Pollo Cristina | Chicken baked in wine & sage
Insalata mista | Mixed green salad
Citrus polenta cake with balsamic strawberries
2015 Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano (San Gimignano, southern Tuscany)
2014 Collezione di Paolo Chianti Riserva (Rufina, central Tuscany)

A Night In Spain (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Join us for for the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Spain without ever leaving the Boston Wine School!

Get yourself ready for a broad range of Spanish wines, from crisp whites to gutsy bold reds. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Spain has to offer.  Wine is produced throughout Spain, and we are just going to scratch the surface when it comes to exploring the thousands of different varieties and styles of Spanish wine.

Appetizers and cheese will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food. You’ll experience the culinary sights, smells and tastes of Spain via your wine glass and plate.

After class, put your education to the test over a delicious Spanish wine dinner.   We’ll make a major food match with a Spanish white and red specially selected for the menu.

YOUR EDUCATOR

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books. Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual. We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world. We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Come To Cheeses! Wine + Cheese Class + Dinner | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

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 24 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.

TASTING CLASS (tentative – subject to change)

2017 Fili Millesimato Prosecco
(Veneto, northeast Italy)

Maplebrook Ricotta Fresca
(Cow’s milk, Bennington, VT, USA)

2016 Summersday White
Chenin Blanc + Viognier blend
(Lodi, south-central California, USA)

Montchèvre Chèvre
(Goat’s milk, Wisconsin, USA)

2015 Le Prince de Courthézon “Prestige” Côtes du Rhône
Grenache + Syrah + Mourvedre blend
(Courthézon, southern Rhône Valley, France)

Arc de Triomphe Double-Crème Brie
(Cow’s milk, Seine-et-Marne, north-central France )

2015 Principe Strozzi “Selvascura” Toscana IGT
Sangiovese + Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon blend
(Bolgheri, Livorno, southern Tuscany, central Italy)

Grana Padano
(Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna,
north-central Italy)

2010 Pagos de Tahola Rioja Reserva
Tempranillo + Graciano blend
(Rioja, north-central Spain)

Manchego
(Sheep’s milk, La Mancha, central Spain)

2016 Aluado Alicante Bouschet
100% Alicante Bouschet
(Lisbon, central Portugal)

Great Hill Blue
(Cow’s milk blue, Marion, Massachusetts, USA)

DINNER MENU
(tentative – subject to change)

C     E     N     A

Una notte in Italia

A Night In Italy

Timballo
Baked pasta with eggplant

Spinaci alla fiorentina
Baked spinach

Pollo Cristina
Chicken baked in wine & sage

Insalata mista
Mixed green salad

Citrus polenta cake with balsamic strawberries

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

2015 Pillastro Nero
Primitivo + Cabernet Sauvignon blend
(Puglia, southeast Italy)

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate: Making the Perfect Match (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Who could resist wine or chocolate… especially on Valentine’s Day? 

For this special evening, we will begin with a 2 hour class which will allow you to experience how wine and chocolate pair so well together.  Learn what wine and chocolate have in common and how they develop their unique styles.  Taste through a variety of wines and chocolates in search of the most perfect match.  Class is followed by a delicious Italian inspired dinner accompanied by white and red Italian wines.

Here at the Boston Wine School, we are a 100% Wine Snob Free Zone.  We believe that learning about wine and chocolate 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 or a morsel of chocolate.

TASTING MENU (tentative)

Prosecco + Ricotta Fresca with Valrhona Chocolate Pearls

California Chardonnay + Scharffen Berger Milk Chocolate

German Riesling + Chocolate Dipped Fruit

Cotes du Rhone + Valrhona Bittersweet Chocolate Disks

Spanish Tempranillo + Taza Chocolate Mexicano

Zinfandel + Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark

DINNER: A Night in Italy

Pollo Cristina | Chicken baked in nutmeg and wine

Spinaci alla fiorentina | Baked spinach with mushroom (vegetarian)

Timballo | Penne pasta baked in cheese sauce with roast eggplant crust (vegetarian)

Flourless chocolate cake with balsamic glaze | Fruit

Pinot Grigio | Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

 

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Pre-Valentine Day! Wine & Chocolate: Making the Perfect Match | Boston Wine School @ Lantera Boston Landing

Who could resist wine or chocolate, and even if you could, why would you?

Put them together, and you’ve got one of the world’s most delicious food and wine pairings. We will explore the spectrums of both wine and chocolate in this 2 hour interactive class. Learn what wine and chocolate have in common and how they develop their unique styles. Taste through a variety of wines and chocolates in search of the most perfect match.

At the end of this class, you’ll have a good understanding of your taste in chocolate and your favorite pairings too just in time for Valentine’s Day!

YOUR EDUCATOR

 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books. Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

 

YOUR HOST VENUE

 

Lantera is a word meaning “beacon”, and it’s the heart and soul of the new 15-acre Boston Landing neighborhood. Apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, premium finishes with stainless steel appliances, and technology touches throughout. The heart of Boston is less than five miles away and is easily accessible via the Boston Landing commuter rail stop – just a three-minute walk away. Lantera is surrounded by eclectic restaurants, curated retail shops and world-class athletic facilities.

 

Make Way for Dumplings (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Happy Chinese New Year!  

The traditional Chinese New Year celebration always includes dumplings which are symbolic of wealth and fortune.  Dumplings are packed with flavor.  There is a wide variety of fillings and preparations, and, of course, there must also be dipping sauce.  Dumplings provide an ideal method for learning how to pair wine with Asian dishes and flavors.

Please join us for Celebrate Chinese New Year with Wine and Dumplings.  This 2 hour class will introduce the fundamentals of wine tasting and pairing wine with food.  In the process, you will learn how to assess and describe the different personalities of the wines.

 

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Around the World with Wine (Class + Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Travel the world through your wine glass! We can easily experience the sights, smells and tastes of the world by just filling and raising our glasses. We will taste wines from multiple continents (don’t count Antarctica…). Some wines may be familiar and others will be from new, up‐and‐coming regions. It will be a true wine adventure that provides an overview of wine styles and grape varieties from around the world.

Appetizers and an assortment of cheeses will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.  After class, we’ll clear our palates and our heads with a dinner buffet paired with wine.

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

Come To Cheeses! Wine + Cheese Pairing | 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.

YOUR EDUCATOR 

Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books.  Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.

YOUR HOST 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. Indeed, 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!