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Intro to the wines of Italy
March 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of a favorite and cherished (and confusing) wine country for many: Intro to the Wines of Italy!
Ah, Italy! Rolling countrysides, dramatic snow capped mountains, lava-spitting volcanoes, olive oil, pasta, pizza, beautiful cars driven by beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. There truly is no country like Italy.
And the wines! The incredible wines produced in every corner, from the border with Croatia in the northeast to the hills of Sicily deep in the south, the sheer variety is truly stunning.
Is is possible to do a full overview of this admittedly confusing wine country in one night? You better believe it is!
This class will not only demystify Italian wine for you, but will reinforce why Italy is considered by many wine lovers the best when it comes to wine and food pairings.
This class will include:
*** An overview of all major wine regions: Piemonte (including Barolo and Barbaresco), Veneto (Valpolicella and Amarone, Soave Classico), Alto Adige, Friuli, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Campania, Apulia, Sciliy, and more. We will cover the major grape varieties, the geology, the topography, and buying advice to get the best bang for the buck.
*** An extensive discussion on the history of Italian wine, including details on why Italy has ended up with the most confusing and extensive catalog of permitted grape varieties (by some counts over 3000!).
*** Hints and tips to decipher the Italian wine labels, including a copy of Jason Kallsen’s “European Wine Decoder” to help you find the wines you are looking for.
*** A tasting of a wide variety of Italian wines from many of the regions discussed, presented in top quality Riedel stemware and with notes on each wine served.
This is the best wine class available to learn more about, and become confident in, the wines of Italy! No matter where you are in your wine knowledge, this will help unlock the secrets of this particularly confusing source of incredible wines.
Map image: Wine Folly