Even though people are using the same grapes all over the planet, wine inevitably tastes very different from place to place. This is one of the things that makes wine both awesomely frustrating and completely excellent.
We’ll taste wines from all around the planet and try to put our finger on a general flavor profile for each place. This is a great survey class that will give you a wide exposure to different grapes and styles around the wine world. It is a good beginner course as well, since it is also an overview of wine in general.
I’m confident we will hit every continent, so long as we agree not to count Greenland. Who knows? Your new favorite wine could be waiting in another hemisphere!
An assortment of bread, cheese & antipasto will be served during class to learn the fundamentals of wine and food pairing.
Jonathon Alsop is founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado published by Quarry Books. Jonathon started life as a wine writer covering wine, food and travel in 1988. He is author of the long-running wine column In Vino Veritas by Jonathon Alsop as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. He founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.
YOUR HOST VENUE
Solera – A Shrine to Wine is a neighborhood specialty wine store nestled in the heart of Roslindale Square (Boston). The store, now in its 18th year is warmly decorated in green and deep purple resembling the colors of the grapes and filled with rack after rack of “offbeat wines”, pretty much everything a modern wine geek seeks out and loves, at more than reasonable prices. Indeed, with nearly 500 bottle selections from across the globe, unlike the monster chain stores and supermarkets, Solera takes a back seat to none and offers a stellar sampling of the world’s best and some unusual vineyards with average prices from 10 to 20 dollars or more, if your budget allows. Since wine education, and customer service are vital to our business, individual attention to the customer is the reason why the press has designated the Solera staff as “well versed grape-talkers”. When you want to smarten up on your wine there is no better place to do just that than in this little gem of a store, where wine is constantly being discussed with purpose and a smile!