Not sure if you know the difference between red, white and rosé? What are sparkling wines and why aren’t they all called Champagne? How does Sauvignon Blanc differ from Cabernet Sauvignon?
The Boston Wine School is here to help answer those questions and more. “Wine Tasting for the Complete Novice” is an ideal class for wine lovers just starting their explorations of wine. You will learn about the 4 major wine styles and focus in on 4 of the most popular wine grape varieties. In the process, you will begin to learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines. An assortment of cheeses and antipasto will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.
Here at the Boston Wine School, we are a 100% Wine Snob Free Zone. We believe that learning about wine 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. Come start your wine journey with us.
After class, put your education to the test over a delicious catered wine dinner. We’ll make a major food match with an Italian white and red specially selected for the menu.
WINE MENU (tentative)
Pearls Before Wine
2017 Fili Millesimato Prosecco | Veneto, northeast Italy, $21.99
The Spectrum Of Wine
2017 Silver Puffs Sauvignon Blanc | Lodi, central California, USA, $16.99
TO OAK OR NOT TO OAK
2018 Wild Child Chardonnay | Coastal Region, southwestern Cape, South Africa, $19.99
PRETTY IN PINK
2016 Basilium “Terre dei Portali” Aglianico Rosato | Basilicata, southern Italy, $18.99
PINOT TO THE PEOPLE
2015 Cinco Manos Pinot Noir | Colchagua Valley, central Chile,
LIFE IS A CABERNET
2015 Le Grand Chai Médoc | Bordeaux, western France, $24.99
DINNER MENU (tentative)
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
2016 Saracosa Vermentino | Tuscany, central Italy, $17.99
2014 Duca di Cardino Chianti Riserva | Chianti, Tuscany, central Italy, $18.99
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.
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.