Insider's Northern Italy

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Wednesdays, July 28, August 04, 7pm-8:15pm

The north of Italy is well known for its wines.  Names like Chianti and Brunello, or Barolo and Barbaresco may come to mind, while Amarone is yet another revered member of the club.  Even if you've never tasted these wines, the names likely ring familiar, and with good reason.  The aforementioned come from places with the right conditions (soil, weather, etc.) for making delicious wines.  

But there are other locations, other producers, and other grapes which, while no less delicious, are less celebrated.  No, that's false.  They are celebrated, by the people who have tasted and discovered them.  But they're in the minority, which is why I'm hosting this class.

As for reds, we'll taste Nebbiolo from Valtellina, Lagrein from the Südtirol, and Rossese di Dolceacqua.  There is nothing like them, some are inky and dark, others fresh and delicate.  We'll explore whites from the Veneto, perhaps a Soave unlike any Soave you've had before, or perhaps bottles from the Tre Venezie.

Above all, I promise wines made with care and love, full of expression and character.  Please join us!


Zoom Details
  • We will meet for two sessions, with each session covering three wines, and lasting for around 75 minutes     The $29 registration fee covers both sessions.
  • All sessions are recorded, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
  • A few weeks before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
  • Class reservations can always be rescheduled up until the start of the first class.

Wine Details
  • We will taste a total of six wines (three per session).  
  • The designated 6-pack for this class is available from our retail partner, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, and costs $185 (plus tax & shipping).  Here is the link to purchase.
  • The wines can either be picked up from the shop (929 Broadway, NYC), or shipped via UPS.

      The Upside Of Zoom

      Fortunately, Covid seems to be in the rearview mirror, but it dragged on long enough that we were unable to hold onto our venue space.  We hope to find an alternate space later this year, but in the interim, the show must go on (via Zoom).  Happily, there are many upsides to virtual classes.  These include, but are not limited to:

      • If you miss class, you can always watch the recording. 
      • Some classes meet multiple sessions.  This allows more time to absorb information, let it sink in, think of questions, then ask those questions.  You’ll be a pro in no time!
      • Teaching wine requires the use of words, but pictures are equally important. With Zoom, you can expect graphs, maps, and lots of pretty pictures.
      • We welcome questions and input during class, but if you’re shy, or have questions you’re afraid to ask, simply type into the chat bar and we’ll get you some answers.
      • You can see us, and we’d like to see you, but if you’d rather be incognito, or do your best learning in your pajamas, you can always turn your camera off.
      • When I teach in person, I often poll students for their preferences and opinions, and will ask for a show of hands. But sometimes, people are tepid to respond, or they vote after watching how other people vote.  It’s human nature, of course, but with polling on Zoom, no reason to hold back.  If you love the wine, flash the heart emojis.  Or, if it was worst wine you’ve ever had, we want to know!
      • You’ll have tons of leftover wine to drink. In class, you’ll taste a couple ounces of each wine, but each bottle has 25.4 ounces.  That leaves a lot of ounces for after hours consumption.
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