BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Level 1 Certificate in Wine
Saturday + Sunday, November  17 + 18, 10am – 3pm

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 hours classroom program
  • 20 – 24 wines tasted
  • Online multiple choice exam
  • 1 hour
  • 25 questions
  • Minimum passing score 75%

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
  • Fundamentals Of Wine And Food Pairing
  • Wine Styles: Old World Versus New World

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
  • Complete classroom program
  • Complete classroom wine tasting exercise

BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Level 1 Certificate in Wine
Saturday + Sunday, September 29 + 30, 10am – 3pm

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 hours classroom program
  • 20 – 24 wines tasted
  • Online multiple choice exam
  • 1 hour
  • 25 questions
  • Minimum passing score 75%

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
  • Fundamentals Of Wine And Food Pairing
  • Wine Styles: Old World Versus New World

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
  • Complete classroom program
  • Complete classroom wine tasting exercise

FREE* Tuscany Class And Info Session For Travel To Tuscany | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

We’re going to Tuscany in November and you’re coming with us! Learn all about the trip and learn about the wines of Tuscany in this combination tasting class / info session. Registration is $39 and you get a $40 VINOvations wine shopping credit, so it’s like we pay you to learn about wine and travel!

WINE LIST (tentative)

Vermentino di Montecucco
Vernaciia di San Gimignano
Chianti Classico
Chianti Colli Senesi
Morellino di Scansano
Supertuscan Sangiovese + Cabernet Sauvignon

Bread, cheese, olives & antipasto served while we taste.


“VENI VIDI VINO: Wines Of Italy”
November 3-11, 2018
$4,999 all inclusive*
Location: Tenuta Santo Pietro, Pienza, southwest Tuscany
INFO | REGISTER today!

If you love our popular “Wines of Italy” program here in Boston, wait till you experience it taught in the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. We’re taking Boston Wine School on the road – same great education, same great style, same great wine and food experience – to get an even deeper understanding of Italian wine, food, language and culture.

Best of all, our host and headquarters for this trip is a great friend of the Boston Wine School – Tenuta Santo Pietro – and we’ll enjoy the comforts and advantages of returning to one place the whole trip after we venture out every day for wine classes and food workshops.

We can only take 24 wine lovers max, so sign up today!

8 Days & 7 Nights

  • Tuscany Wine School Adventure | November 3 – 11, 2018 | Education by Jonathon Alsop | Taste over 50 wines from 12 different producers & 6 different Italian wine regions
  • Includes $500 VINOvations credit towards the purchase of wines tasted during the trip.
  • NO-HASSLE WINE SHIPPING! Your wines will be waiting for you at home when you return & you can order more anytime.
  • $4,999 includes *round trip / nonstop airfare, Boston to Rome – luxury accommodations – all your meals – vineyard tours & tasting – guided excursions – wines served with dinner – all transportation – tax & gratuity

 

ABOUT Tenuta Santo Pietro

Nestled in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, Tenuta Santo Pietro is a tranquil oasis composed of a 24-guest inn that dates back to the 13th century on a 72-acre working farm of vineyards and olive trees. Our home during this trip, Tenuta Santo Pietro provides complete travel and guest services with unforgettable Tuscan hospitality.

INFO: BostonWineSchool.org/tuscany

REGISTRATION: VINOvations.us/tuscany

FREE* Tuscany Class And Info Session For Travel To Tuscany | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

We’re going to Tuscany in November and you’re coming with us! Learn all about the trip and learn about the wines of Tuscany in this combination tasting class / info session. Registration is $39 and you get a $40 VINOvations wine shopping credit, so it’s like we pay you to learn about wine and travel!

WINE LIST (tentative)

Vermentino di Montecucco
Vernaciia di San Gimignano
Chianti Classico
Chianti Colli Senesi
Morellino di Scansano
Supertuscan Sangiovese + Cabernet Sauvignon

Bread, cheese, olives & antipasto served while we taste.


“VENI VIDI VINO: Wines Of Italy”
November 3-11, 2018
$4,999 all inclusive*
Location: Tenuta Santo Pietro, Pienza, southwest Tuscany
INFO | REGISTER today!

If you love our popular “Wines of Italy” program here in Boston, wait till you experience it taught in the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. We’re taking Boston Wine School on the road – same great education, same great style, same great wine and food experience – to get an even deeper understanding of Italian wine, food, language and culture.

Best of all, our host and headquarters for this trip is a great friend of the Boston Wine School – Tenuta Santo Pietro – and we’ll enjoy the comforts and advantages of returning to one place the whole trip after we venture out every day for wine classes and food workshops.

We can only take 24 wine lovers max, so sign up today!

8 Days & 7 Nights

  • Tuscany Wine School Adventure | November 3 – 11, 2018 | Education by Jonathon Alsop | Taste over 50 wines from 12 different producers & 6 different Italian wine regions
  • Includes $500 VINOvations credit towards the purchase of wines tasted during the trip.
  • NO-HASSLE WINE SHIPPING! Your wines will be waiting for you at home when you return & you can order more anytime.
  • $4,999 includes *round trip / nonstop airfare, Boston to Rome – luxury accommodations – all your meals – vineyard tours & tasting – guided excursions – wines served with dinner – all transportation – tax & gratuity

 

ABOUT Tenuta Santo Pietro

Nestled in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, Tenuta Santo Pietro is a tranquil oasis composed of a 24-guest inn that dates back to the 13th century on a 72-acre working farm of vineyards and olive trees. Our home during this trip, Tenuta Santo Pietro provides complete travel and guest services with unforgettable Tuscan hospitality.

INFO: BostonWineSchool.org/tuscany

REGISTRATION: VINOvations.us/tuscany

BWSEd: 2-Day Certificate in Wine – Level 1 | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Level 1 Certificate in Wine
Saturday + Sunday, July 14 + 15, 10am – 3pm

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 hours classroom program
  • 20 – 24 wines tasted
  • Online multiple choice exam
  • 1 hour
  • 25 questions
  • Minimum passing score 75%

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
  • Fundamentals Of Wine And Food Pairing
  • Wine Styles: Old World Versus New World

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
  • Complete classroom program
  • Complete classroom wine tasting exercise

FREE* Tuscany Class And Info Session For Travel To Tuscany | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

We’re going to Tuscany in November and you’re coming with us! Learn all about the trip and learn about the wines of Tuscany in this combination tasting class / info session. Registration is $39 and you get a $40 VINOvations wine shopping credit, so it’s like we pay you to learn about wine and travel!

WINE LIST (tentative)

Vermentino di Montecucco
Vernaciia di San Gimignano
Chianti Classico
Chianti Colli Senesi
Morellino di Scansano
Supertuscan Sangiovese + Cabernet Sauvignon

Bread, cheese, olives & antipasto served while we taste.


“VENI VIDI VINO: Wines Of Italy”
November 3-11, 2018
$4,999 all inclusive*
Location: Tenuta Santo Pietro, Pienza, southwest Tuscany
INFO | REGISTER today!

If you love our popular “Wines of Italy” program here in Boston, wait till you experience it taught in the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. We’re taking Boston Wine School on the road – same great education, same great style, same great wine and food experience – to get an even deeper understanding of Italian wine, food, language and culture.

Best of all, our host and headquarters for this trip is a great friend of the Boston Wine School – Tenuta Santo Pietro – and we’ll enjoy the comforts and advantages of returning to one place the whole trip after we venture out every day for wine classes and food workshops.

We can only take 24 wine lovers max, so sign up today!

8 Days & 7 Nights

  • Tuscany Wine School Adventure | November 3 – 11, 2018 | Education by Jonathon Alsop | Taste over 50 wines from 12 different producers & 6 different Italian wine regions
  • Includes $500 VINOvations credit towards the purchase of wines tasted during the trip.
  • NO-HASSLE WINE SHIPPING! Your wines will be waiting for you at home when you return & you can order more anytime.
  • $4,999 includes *round trip / nonstop airfare, Boston to Rome – luxury accommodations – all your meals – vineyard tours & tasting – guided excursions – wines served with dinner – all transportation – tax & gratuity

 

ABOUT Tenuta Santo Pietro

Nestled in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, Tenuta Santo Pietro is a tranquil oasis composed of a 24-guest inn that dates back to the 13th century on a 72-acre working farm of vineyards and olive trees. Our home during this trip, Tenuta Santo Pietro provides complete travel and guest services with unforgettable Tuscan hospitality.

INFO: BostonWineSchool.org/tuscany

REGISTRATION: VINOvations.us/tuscany

Language Of Wine: Italian Wine And Words | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Wine is something that creates great conversation in any language. In fact, every language has its own idiomatic sub-language of wine, and even fluent speakers find that there’s still a lot to learn about the specific vocabulary of wine.

This class is a unique combination of wine tasting and language that will introduce you to Italian wine words as you might hear in Italy, and here in the US, as you often see represented on Italian wine labels. These labels are trying to tell you something, and if you can understand a little Italian, you can start to grasp it. Poggio means hill… vecchio means old… antico – like antique – ancient. The Chianti Nipozzano is telling you a lot with its name, from the phrase niente pozzi – no wells – a vineyard that’s very very dry. We could go on and on, and we will!

Please note – you do not need to speak Italian for this class – it will be conducted in English with the focus on vocabulary-building for everyone at any level of proficiency. If you love Italian wine, Italian food, and the Italian language, that’s all it takes!

In the process, you will also learn some basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of wine in your own language. Appetizers and cheeses will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food as well.

WINE MENU (tentative)

NV Alessandro Gallici Prosecco (Veneto, northeast Italy)

2015 Saracosa Vermentino (Tuscany, central Italy)

2016 Pietro Disarti Roero Arneis (Piemonte, northwest Italy)

2013 Tenuta di Montecucco Passonaia (Tuscany, central Italy)

2014 Di Prima Nero d’Avola (Sicily, southern Italy)

2014 Porta Flavio Carignano del Sulcis (Sardinia, Mediterranean Italy)

Pinot To The People | Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop

Pinot Envy Along The Sonoma Coast

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

11 April 2018

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

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)

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Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop | Zinfandel Dreams

Why We’re All Living In Zin

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

2014 Raymond Vineyards “The Inaugural R Collection” Zinfandel 
(St. Helena, Napa, California, USA)

Our “Signature Grapes” tasting class really gets fundamental by tasting the connection between certain wines and the places around the world they’ve made famous – and vice versa. Zinfandel fills this role in California wine. Cabernet and Chardonnay may be just as famous, but you only get this kind of Zinfandel one place, and that’s a unique geographic bond that you can taste in the bottle.

People ask me all the time what’s my favorite wine, and I’ve got a lot of favorites, but the truth is, it’s Zinfandel. I love California’s signature grape because it has a little bit of everything I love in a wine – fruit, spice, earthiness, black AND white pepper.

In the wine world, we call this balance, and if you balance flavors in some dynamic and tasty way, we call this style. On the spectrum of Zinfandel, this Raymond stakes out the fruit and juice range, and its style is alive, vivid, and California sunny. The color is dark candy-apple red, and the flavors will remind you first of ripe red plums and black raspberries, then almost behind the scenes, the wine smells like dried herbs, even a little like cocoa.

Best of all, this 2014 is young by Zinfandel standards. It possesses great youth and vitality right now, but I would be looking forward to drinking this in the 2020s too.

REGULARLY $21.99 – ORDER NOW!

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Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop | Blending For Power Wine

Cabernet + Zinfandel = Delicious

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

2016 The Ocean Howler Cabernet Sauvignon + Zinfandel
(Lodi, central California, USA)

This is one of those wines that really sets your expectations before you even get into the bottle.

First of all, the richly artistic label – evocative and powerful on its own – promises a powerful wine experience. And then the blend – Cabernet Sauvignon plus Zinfandel – is simultaneously new yet embarrassingly obvious too. As soon as I saw it, I had one of those “DUH!” moments. America loves Cabernet… America loves Zinfandel – what took us so long?

There are other blends out there that use Cab and Zin with other grapes, but so far this is the only pure Cabernet + Zinfandel blend I’ve ever encountered, and I plan to encounter it again and again! This is a $17 blend that tastes better than any $17 Cabernet or $17 Zinfandel on its own.

The Ocean Howler really represents the best of both worlds: the bright, juicy, fruity happiness of Zinfandel combined with Cabernet’s earthiness and weight. It’s not quite April yet, but I’m already thinking about barbecue season, and this blend would be delicious with anything smoky and meaty off the grill. At just $2.20 a glass, this is one of the tastiest under-the-radar wines I’ve come across in a long time.

REGULARLY $16.99 – ORDER NOW!

6-PACK 20% off + FREE shipping = $79 use code WINESDAY6

12-PACK 35% off + FREE shipping = $129 ($11 a bottle or $2.20 a glass!) use code WINESDAY12

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