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Wine 101: How To Taste Wine And Why | Boston Wine School @ Roslindale

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. “How To Taste Wine And Why” 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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

“How To Taste Wine And Why”  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, 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.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + bread, cheese, olives

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (tentative – subject to change)

Bubbling Over

NV Villa Jolanda Prosecco
(Prosecco, Veneto, northeast Italy)

Wild Vines

2018 Clos Fussay Reuilly Sauvignon Blanc
(Reuilly, Loire Valley, northwest France)

To Oak Or Not To Oak?

2018 Grove Ridge Chardonnay
(California, USA)

Pretty In Pink

2017 Altopiano Rosato
(Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, east-central Italy)

Pinot To The People

2016 Yering Station “Little Yering” Pinot Noir
(Yarra Valley, southern Australia)

Life Is A Cabernet

2016 Puerto Infinito Cabernet Sauvignon
(Aconcagua, Mendoza, Argentina)

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!

Wines Of Italy Part 3: A Night In Tuscany | Boston Wine School @ Beverly Farms

A NIGHT IN TUSCANY with special guest wine maker Marco Paier from Fabbrica Pienza (tentative)

We could do 52 nights in Tuscany in a row, and we’d still have more to taste, so let’s get started! White and pink wines are rising in the market today, so we’ll start with a blended Tuscan white plus a new-to-us Rosato of Sangiovese. You’ll taste old-school Sangiovese and post-modern Syrah, plus a range of reds that explain what Chianti the place can do and why it’s so famous. We’ll have you speaking Sangiovese in no time!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“Wines Of Italy” 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 wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program | 6 – 8 wines + bread, cheese, olives

PROGRAM SYLLABUS (tentative)
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | Grape Expectations | Making Wine Matters
FABBRICA PIENZA
Bianco di Fabbrica
Rosato di Fabbrica
Prototipo 470 Sangiovese
Syrah di Fabbrica
CHIANTI
Chianti
Chianti Colli Senesi
Sparviero Chianti Classico
SUPERTUSCAN
Viper

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 2 out of 3 classroom programs
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.

VENUE

PSP IMPORTS is a fully integrated importer and wholesaler of wine and olive oil. We grow and produce a portion of our portfolio in the Tuscan hill town of Pienza, Italy. We source the best available products through local personal connections. And we are part of food and wine culture though our 24-person agritourismo at the vineyard Tenuta Santa Pietro. All of this goes together to create a unique portfolio of the highest quality wines and olive oil from all over the world.

SOLD OUT / JOIN WAIT LIST! 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!

Wines Of Italy Part 2: Greatest Italian Reds | Boston Wine School @ Beverly Farms

GREATEST RED WINES OF ITALY with special guest wine maker Gabriele Dalcanale from La Dama in Valpolicella (tentative)

There’s a a huge amount of white wine in Italy, the image of Italy’s greatest wines is red. From the light colored but powerful northern Nebbiolo to Sangiovese in Tuscany, red grapes are the wine maker artist’s first choice for expressing what wine means to Italy. This class will taste famous Amarone plus affordable Ripasso from the northeast, then Barolo, king of the Piedmont. We’ll finish in Tuscany with three classic wines that explain Sangiovese: Prugnolo from Montepulciano, Brunello from Montalcino, and blended Chianti Classico.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“Wines Of Italy” 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 wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program | 6 – 8 wines + bread, cheese, olives

PROGRAM SYLLABUS
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | Grape Expectations | Making Wine Matters
LA DAMA
Ripasso di Valpolicella
Amarone di Valpolicella
PIEMONTE
Barolo
TUSCANY
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Brunello di Montalcino
Chianti Classico Riserva

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 2 out of 3 classroom programs
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.

VENUE

PSP IMPORTS is a fully integrated importer and wholesaler of wine and olive oil. We grow and produce a portion of our portfolio in the Tuscan hill town of Pienza, Italy. We source the best available products through local personal connections. And we are part of food and wine culture though our 24-person agritourismo at the vineyard Tenuta Santa Pietro. All of this goes together to create a unique portfolio of the highest quality wines and olive oil from all over the world.

ONLY 7 LEFT! Wines Of Italy Part 1: Cool Northern Italy | Boston Wine School @ Beverly Farms

WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY with special guest wine maker Gianni Strazzacappa from Vigna Roda (tentative)

In the wine geography of Italy, there really is no east and west. Italian wine and food culture is all about north and south. This segment of “Wines Of Italy” focuses on Veneto – the northeast – and Piemonte – the northwest. Although they are the two most northern Italian wine regions, they could not be more different: different grapes, soils, styles and wine making techniques. You’ll taste six of northern Italy’s core grapes from four major regions that comprise our curriculum for understanding Italian wines. We’ll have you fluent in Barbera in no time!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“Wines Of Italy” 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 wine tasting.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program | 6 – 8 wines + bread, cheese, olives

PROGRAM SYLLABUS
Seven “S” System Of Wine Tasting | Wine’s Sense Of Place | Grape Expectations
VENETO
Prosecco + Pinot Grigio
Ripasso di Valpolicella
Vigna Roda
PIEMONTE
Barbera
Nebbiolo
Barbaresco

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 2 out of 3 classroom programs
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.

VENUE

PSP IMPORTS is a fully integrated importer and wholesaler of wine and olive oil. We grow and produce a portion of our portfolio in the Tuscan hill town of Pienza, Italy. We source the best available products through local personal connections. And we are part of food and wine culture though our 24-person agritourismo at the vineyard Tenuta Santa Pietro. All of this goes together to create a unique portfolio of the highest quality wines and olive oil from all over the world.

SOLD OUT / JOIN WAIT LIST! 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!

Classic Wines + Chinese Cuisine | Boston Wine School @ Brookline

Wine and food 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 cuisine 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 20 students – will taste six major wine and food 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
“Classic Wines + Chinese Cuisine: Wine Pairing Fundamentals”  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 Chinese cuisine pairing concepts.

PROGRAM FORMAT
2 hour classroom program
6 wines + 6 tasting courses

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

TASTING LIST (tentative – subject to change)

2018 Atlantique Sauvignon Blanc (Loire Valley, France)
Grilled oysters

2017 i Lauri “Nora” Chardonnay (Central Italy)
Crispy chicken

2018 Poiema Pinot Noir (Edna Valley, California, USA)
Mushroom and smoked bean curd

2015 Pio II Chianti (Tuscany, central Italy)
Double cooked sliced pork

2013 Federico Ferrero “Galea” Dolcetta d’Alba (Piemonte, northwest Italy)
Peking Duck

2016 Aresti “Bellevista” Cabernet Sauvignon (Curico Valley, Chile)
Lamb skewers

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

WOW Barbecue is proud to introduce Chinese BBQ to the streets of Boston, featuring a wide range of flavors paired with the taste of authentic Chinese food. Choosing WOW Barbecue, you’re letting friends, family, and colleagues know that you care.

 

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/

Pinot To The People

By Jonathon Alsop

BOSTON, MA — California makes more Pinot Noir than it grows, not by importing out-of-state wine, but by blending in other grapes. Technically, US wine only has to be 75% one grape type to be named for that grape on the label. In theory, your favorite bottle could be pure Pinot, or it could be three-quarters, or anything in between.

Truth is, you can often easily see this in the glass. Pinot Noir – the grape – is light red and thin skinned, and many classic Euro Pinot Noir is so light you can read your phone through a glass of it. When you crack open a California Pinot and it comes out dark red, almost opaque, that’s a sure sign the wine’s blended, often with a high-pigment grape like Petite Sirah.

This week’s special comes from our “Pinot To The People” class, and we use the DeLoach “Private Collection” for a lot of reasons – its bright cherry and cranberry fruit flavors, its slight earthiness and outdoorsy aromas – but mostly for its authenticity. The color is real life burgundy and the flavor is true-to-type Pinot Noir.

If you’re a fan of cool-climate Oregon Pinot, this is a great choice. It comes from the Sonoma Coast, way north and west of Sonoma Valley and much closer to the cold Pacific. The result is a slow-grown wine full of flavor and finesse.

2013 DeLoach “Private Collection” Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)

https://www.vinovations.us/deloach-private-collection-sonoma-county-pinot-noir-2013/