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

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

Join us for a the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of 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!

White Wine In A Sea Of Red

2016 Montecucco Vermentino (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

Ricotta fresca canapés with basil pesto and black currant preserves

Spectrum Of Sangiovese

2015 Pieve di Spaltenna Chianti Classico (Gaiole, central Tuscany)

2015 Duca di Cardino Rosso di Montepulciano (Montepulciano, eastern Tuscany)

2014 Tenuta di Montecucco “Passonaie” (Cinigiano, Montecucco, southern Tuscany)

2014 Principe Strozzi Morellino di Scansano (Maremma, southern Tuscany)

2015 Collezione di Paolo “Verso Cielo” Rosso (Rufina, Firenze, central Tuscany)

i Formaggi

Fontina | Cow’s milk, northern Italy

Pecorino toscano | Sheep’s milk, Tuscany, central Italy

Grana Padano | Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna, north-central Italy

C E N A

Insalata di Giardino | Garden salad

Tortelli Melanzana | Ravioli stuffed with fresh mozzarella & grilled eggplant

Pollo Toscano | Chicken in garlic & cream sauce

Pomodori Ripieni | Vine-ripened tomatoes stuffed with spinach and pecorino

2015 Sofia Barbanera “Podere Altero” Bianco
(Cetona, Siena, central Tuscany)

2016 Collezione di Paolo Chianti
(Rufina, Firenze, central 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)

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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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.

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