TRUE TO TUSCANY Even if you don’t know anything about Italian wine – or just think you don’t – everybody knows Chianti, Tuscany’s signature red wine. For many wine lovers, Chianti and its main grape Sangiovese represent the epitome of Italian wine. In this overview class, you’ll learn technical wine tasting while experiencing a range of grapes, styles, and flavors. Learn what makes Tuscan wines so great and start speaking Sangiovese 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 MaremmAlta “Micante” Vermentino (Maremma, southern Tuscany)
2017 MaremmAlta Morellino di Scansano (Maremma, southern Tuscany)
2016 Castello di Radda Chianti Classico (Radda, Chianti, central Tuscany)
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!
Vermentino + Goat’s milk cheese | Green olives | Steamed shrimp shumai
Morellino di Scansano + Mushroom pâté | Roast garlic | Pork & mushroom dumplings
Chianti Classico + Anything on the grill | Grana Padano (cow’s milk 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 “A Night In Tuscany” 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 of Tuscany, wine and food pairing basics, and fundamentals of wine style. The emphasis is on providing an overview of Tuscan 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 | Sensing Sangiovese | Chianti With Class
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.