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)