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BWSEd Level 1: Certificate in Wine | 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 Level 1: Certificate in Wine | 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

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

MEET YOUR (WINE) MAKER!

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 wine dinner from one of our guest chefs. 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)

Taste Off: France Versus Italy | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

France produces arguably the most famous and coveted wines in the world. It has done so for hundreds of years. French wines have tradition, finesse and are food-friendly.

Italy is the largest importer of wine to the United States. Italian wines have character, and they come in a wide variety of styles and prices. There is something for everyone.

Join us for a France vs. Italy wine taste-off. We will provide some head-to-head match-ups of classic wines representing these two regions and let you be the judge. In the process, you will 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. At the end, you can cast votes for your favorites, and we will declare a victor of this installment of the Taste-Off.

TASTING MENU (subject to change)

Crémant vs. Prosecco

White Burgundy vs. Pinot Grigio

Red Bordeaux vs. Chianti

Cotes du Rhone vs. Nero D’Avola

Wine, Cheese, And The Pursuit Of Happiness (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 will experience 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.

T A S T I N G   C L A S S

PLEASE NOTE this menu is tentative and variable based on availability, inspiration, or whimsy.

Bubbling Over
2014 Roche Lacour Cremant Brut
60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin Blanc, 10% Mauzac, 5% Pinot Noir
(Limoux, southern France)
Canapés of Ricotta Fresca

Sounds Delicious
2016 Mahau Sound Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand)
Westfield Farm Capri

Milk Made
2016 Pietro Disarti DOCG Roero Arneis
100% Arneis
(Roero, Piedmont, northwest Italy)
Robiola a due latti

Merlot, It’s Me
2010 The Forager “Rack and Roll” Merlot
100% Merlot
(Napa Valley, northern California, USA)
Aged Monterey Jack

The Reign Of Spain
2013 Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja
100% Tempranillo
(Rioja, northern central Spain)
Manchego

Kind Of Blue
2014 Le Chai au Quai, Le Grand Chai Haut-Medoc
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
(Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, southwestern France)
Fourme d’Ambert

D I N N E R

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

2015 Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano (San Gimignano, southern Tuscany)
2014 Collezione di Paolo Chianti Riserva (Rufina, central Tuscany)

Make America GRAPE Again! (Class + BBQ Dinner) | Boston Wine School @ Boston Public Market

American Grapeness: Signature Wine & Food

I come not to praise the apolitical space, only to suggest that wine and food can help.

This class is all about tasting wines that make America the exceptional wine nation it is. We don’t have a lot of our own native wine grapes, but America does have some signature grapes and styles. Until recently, the Euro grapes we did have were unfamous cast offs, and thanks to them, we have something more interesting than mono-culture. You’ll taste and learn a couple of newly emerging American grapes, an exquisitely blended wine that’s right on trend, and Zinfandel, of course.

Not too surprisingly, our best and most interesting wines – Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, more – are an almost supernatural match with our American signature cuisine: barbecue. After the tasting class, put what you learned to work as we sit down to the rich, multiple styles of Blue Ribbon Barbecue paired with a perfect American blend.

WINE TASTING CLASS
TENTATIVE: wines are changeable based on availability, inspiration, and whimsy!

2016 Travessia Vidal Blanc (New Bedford, Massachusetts) with canapes of ricotta fresca, herbes de Provence, and rose petal jam

2016 Flynn Pinot Gris (Oregon) Pinot Noir grows great in Oregon and so do other members of the Pinot family.

2016 Sidesaddle Marsanne (Paso Robles, southern California) Meet “Lady” Fanny Broome… quite a lady and not much of one at the same time!

2014 Pedroncelli Zinfandel (Dry Creek, Sonoma, northern California)

2016 The Clink Petite Sirah | Petit Verdot (Lodi, central California)

2009 Triumvirate Ancient Vines (Contra Costa County, central California) 75% Zinfandel + 17.5% Petite Sirah +7.5% Carignan blend

MENU
Barbecue Tour By Blue Ribbon Barbecue (Newton, Massachusetts, USA)

Pulled Chicken | North Carolina Pulled Pork
Kansas City Burnt Ends (Beef) | Baked Beans
Mashed Potatoes | Black-eyed Corn
Pickles | Cornbread | Barbecue sauces
Pie

2014 The Assayer of Buena Vista (Carneros, California) Merlot + Zinfandel + Petite Sirah + Syrah + Petit Verdot + Carignane + Cinsault + Valdiguié blend

Southern Star Malbec: New world fruit, old world style | Boston Wine School Wine Club by Jonathon Alsop

Turn on the grill for this stylish barbecue-ready Malbec

By Jonathon Alsop | Boston Wine School Founder

18 April 2018

2016 Alma Andina Malbec Reserve (Mendoza, Argentina)

Inventive holidays like International Malbec Day give us the chance to look deep into the many Malbec based wines we teach with in wine class. Alma Andina – Soul of the Andes – hits the Boston Wine School trifecta: we use it in “Come To Cheeses” with Manchego, “Grape Expectations” and “Wine 101,” classes that represent the core of our curriculum.

As you can imagine, the world is full of tasty Malbec under $20, but the style of this Alma Andina is special. There’s plenty of dark brooding fruit flavors in the glass, tastes that will remind you of dates and figs and dried cherries.

But if you step out a little into the lake, the bottom drops off suddenly, and deep earthy subterranean flavors take over. I know I completely mixed my metaphors there, but this wine is worth it. If I’d tasted it blind, I’d have guessed French Malbec, a category that starts at $25 a bottle.

Argentina is a land in love with its carnivorous ways. It’s not unusual to have chicken, pork, beef, lamb and goat all in the course of the same meal, and you can tell this week’s wine was brought up in that same tradition. Don’t feel left out, vegans and vegetarians: the match here is with the grill and the char, something you can achieve completely, even meat free. I can definitely see myself working through a case of this Malbec once we start grilling again.

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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.

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