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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

Fall Harvest Wine Pairing | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

There is truly nothing more wonderful than the fall in New England!

The breathtaking scenery, the cool, crisp air, and of course the flavors of fall: pumpkin, gingerbread, apple, and cranberry to name a few. Grab your comfiest hoodie and take a walk with me through a wonderland of fall flavors, each paired with a different wine varietal that will truly make your palate dance. We will finish with a glass of warm, spiced mulled wine and a recipe to take home.

YOUR EDUCATOR

Missa Capozzo
Missa has held various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment.   She is a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Levels 2 and 3 (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd).  Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way.

 

 

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

BWSEd Level 2: Certificate in Wine and Wine Tasting | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

Level 2 Certificate in Wine Saturday + Sunday, October 20 + 21, 10am – 5pm

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Level 2 is a foundation course for experienced beginners and enthusiasts. It assumes basic exposure to wine and some technical wine tasting knowledge. This program is appropriate for both consumers and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This program focuses on the unique role that place plays in the world of wine. Students will learn the major wine regions of Europe, how wine making techniques influence wine style, and the language of wine. The aim of Level 2 is to provide a broad range of knowledge about wine history, wine agriculture, and wine making.

LEVEL 2 PROGRAM FORMAT

12 hours classroom program

24 – 30 wines tasted

Online multiple choice exam | 25 questions | Minimum passing score 75%
Wine tasting exam | 3 wines | 4 short-form questions | 1 essay question

LEVEL 2 SYLLABUS

DAY ONE, PART ONE | 10am – 12 pm
Sense Of Place: Wines of Italy & Spain

DAY ONE, PART TWO | 1 – 3pm
Tour de France: Fundamentals Of French Wine

DAY ONE, PART THREE | 3  – 5pm
Words & Pictures
– Wine Label Interpretation
– The Language Of Wine
– Wines of Germany & Eastern Europe

DAY TWO, PART ONE | 10am – 12 pm
Wine And Cheese: Making The Perfect Match
– Fundamentals of Wine & Food Pairing
– Wines of California, Oregon & Washington

DAY TWO, PART TWO | 1 – 3pm
Wine Making: Technique And Style
– New Zealand: Cool Night Wines
– Australia: Thunder Downunder
– South America: High Altitude Classics

DAY TWO, EXAM | 3:30 – 5pm
Online multiple choice exam
Wine tasting exam

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
Wine tasting exam of 3 wines, 4 short-form questions, and 1 essay question
Complete classroom program
Complete classroom wine tasting exercise

Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of | Boston Wine School @ VINOvations

One of the greatest things about wine is that there’s always something new to discover – grapes you’ve never heard of, up-and-coming wine regions, new techniques, innovative packaging, etc. These are often the areas where you will find the best values. The Best New Wines You’ve Never Heard Of class will explore some wine regions which are relatively new to the global wine market. In the process, you will learn basic wine tasting skills and how to describe the different personalities of these wines. An assortment of cheese and antipasto will be served during class to introduce the fundamentals of pairing wine and food.

MENU

Please understand the wine menu is subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

New Mexico Sparkler (USA), Gruner Veltliner (Austria), Torrontes (Argentina), Xinomavro (Greece), Saperavi (Georgia),  Carmenere (Chile)

YOUR EDUCATOR

Missa Capozzo

Missa has held various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment.   She is a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Levels 2 and 3 (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd).  Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way.

 

 

YOUR HOST VENUE

VINOvations is a state of the art destination for wine lovers who want more than just the usual.  We strive to enhance our customers wine drinking experience by offering a vast selection of boutique wines from around the world.  We offer our guests the charm and amenities of a winery: our unique 2500 sq ft. event space includes a 40 bottle automated wine tasting room, private tasting stations, dual Chef’s Studio Kitchen, wine education & much more.

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

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.

TASTING CLASS MENU

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

DINNER MENU

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)

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.

ORDER NOW!
http://www.vinovations.us/alma-andina-malbec-reserve-2016/

REGULARLY $18.99

6-PACK 20% off + FREE shipping = $89 use code WINESDAY6

12-PACK 35% off + FREE shipping = $144 ($12 a bottle or $2.40 a glass!) use code WINESDAY12

HURRY! Sale ends Wednesday 25 April 2018

 

 

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)

ORDER NOW! REGULARLY $28.99

6-PACK 20% off + FREE shipping = $139 use code WINESDAY6
12-PACK 35% off + FREE shipping = $225 ($19 a bottle or $3.80 a glass!) use code WINESDAY12

HURRY! Sale ends 18 April 2018

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!

6-PACK 20% off + FREE shipping = $99 use code WINESDAY6

12-PACK 35% off + FREE shipping = $169 ($14 a bottle or $2.80 a glass!) use code WINESDAY12

HURRY! Sale ends 11 April 2018