Italy is currently the #1 wine exporting and producing country in the world, as well as the most imported wine into the United States. Italy produces a wide variety of wines, from a wide variety of grapes, most of which are not widely grown outside of Italy. This 3-part (9-hour) course is designed to introduce you to the wines, teach you about the labeling and classification system in Italy, and offer serving and pairing tips about the wines.
Designed in partnership with the North American Sommelier Association and taught by Italian sommelier Osvaldo Pascolini (certified by AIS, the Italian Sommelier Association), the Italian Wine Essentials course will touch on the major wines of Italy from the north to the south, including Sicily and Sardinia. It is designed for those who want to know more about Italian wines, particularly those they might find on the shelves of their local wine merchant, but who are not ready for a significant investment of time or money. This class may be used as a stepping stone towards a more rigorous certification, or as a stand-alone. Certificates of completion will be awarded for full attendance. There is no book, and no exam.