Società Dante Alighieri, the Italian Cultural Society, is starting their spring wine classes on February 4th (full disclosure: I volunteer in these classes, helping to determine the food pairings that are used each session, as well as helping the instructor in the class). Here's a look at the dates/outline of the classes:
February 4th: New World/Old World
Exploring how changing terroir and winemaker results in different wines from the same grape. The class will compare Sauvignon Blanc wines from France, California, and New Zealand, and Syrah/Shiraz from France, California, and Australia.
February 25th: Wine and Chocolate: Seeking Nirvana
One of the most popular sessions! The class will explore how the food of the gods and the nectar of the gods go together, trying Petite Sirah, Champagne, Sparkling Moscato, Brachetto d’Aqui, a Late Harvest Torrontes, and Port, pair with a variety of chocolates.
March 25th: The Many Styles and Flavors of Sherry
Long requested, finally added, this class will taste through several styles of sherries, including Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso, Cream, and Pedro Jiménez, and examine how each pairs with a variety of food choices.
April 15th: Meet the Winemaker, featuring Peter Figge
Peter Figge is one of the wine world's rising stars, and the Dante is very proud to host Peter in guiding the class through a tasting of a variety of his wines. Figge is a viticulturist first, and a winemaker second, and believes that making the best wine starts in the vineyard - and he can prove it!
May 6th: The Cheapo Championship VI
A fun class that challenges students to do some in-depth research to find wines that retail for $10 or less, and come up with a pairing to complement their choice of wine. Hot and heavy, the competition is fierce!
The classes are $295 for all 5 sessions (not available for individual purchase), and includes all wines, food matches, knowledgeable instructors, and stunning repartee. For information, visit the class website, or send an e-mail to the instructor.