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Certified Silver-Pin Sommelier Course - Los Angeles
Oct
6
to May 31

Certified Silver-Pin Sommelier Course - Los Angeles

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN ! STARTS OCTOBER 06th 2018 !

SEATS ARE LIMITED AND COURSE SELLS OUT REGULARLY!
MAKE THE MOVE THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE...

TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL SCHEDULE : CLICK HERE

ENROLL: $550 enrollment fee + payment plan selection

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Wine Primer Course - NAPA / San Francisco
Nov
1
to Nov 2

Wine Primer Course - NAPA / San Francisco

WHEN: November 1st & 2nd - 9:00am to 3:30pm (with break)

WHERE: BERINGER VINEYARDS, 2000 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574 

PRICE: $345 (all inclusive)

* REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY : *Enrollment fee non-refundable upon cancellation by student - course credit will be retained for future use.

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The versatility of VINHO VERDE (Portugal) - HOUSTON, TX
Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

The versatility of VINHO VERDE (Portugal) - HOUSTON, TX

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Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC of Portugal, up in the cool, rainy, verdant north west. 
Vibrant freshness, lightness and aromatic and flavorful expressions, are the characteristics that define and differentiate Vinho Verde that has steadily become more & more popular in the United States market.

Affordable, over-delivering, fresh, versatile in pairing, vibrant, thirst-quenching and mineral...this wine is as unique as it is mandatory in any complete cellar or wine program.

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Learn all there is to know about Vinho Verde!

The seminar & tasting will give you an insight on the natural conditions of the region, covering the several micro-climates, terroir, winemaking practices and unique indigenous grape varieties utilized as well as the typical and various examples of this splendidly jovial white wine.

An guided tasting of a great selection of the best examples will be executed. 

Find out the truth behind Portugal's fastest growing export !


WHEN: Tuesday JUNE 19th @ 12:00pm to 2:30pm

WHERE: Texas Wine School - 2301 Portsmouth St, Houston, TX 77098

COST: FREE FOR MEMBERS & TRADE !

 

 


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Master Of Rioja ® - Miami
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Master Of Rioja ® - Miami

WHEN: Monday JUEN 4th, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch).

WHERE: FLORIDA WINE ACADEMY - 1 SE 3rd Ave Suite #2240, Miami, FL 33131

EXAM: TBC by school

* REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY : *Enrollment fee non-refundable upon cancellation by student - course credit will be retained for future use.

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Wine Primer Course - New York (Hudson Valley)
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Wine Primer Course - New York (Hudson Valley)

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WHEN: 2018 APR 21st & 22nd – 10:00am to 5:00pm with break.

WHERE: 37 Croton Ave; Ossining, New York 10562  (Free transportation will be provided to venue from metro north Ossining station)

* REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY : *Enrollment fee non-refundable upon cancellation by student - course credit will be retained for future use.

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Master Of Rioja ® - Los Angeles
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Master Of Rioja ® - Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday April 21st, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch).

WHERE: RITA HOUSE - 5971 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

EXAM: TBA

COST: $350.00 (all inclusive) / $315 for current NASA MEMBERS

Membership status:

* REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY : *Enrollment fee non-refundable upon cancellation by student - course credit will be retained for future use.

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Bordeaux...'Cru Bourgeois' TRADE SEMINAR
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Bordeaux...'Cru Bourgeois' TRADE SEMINAR

For centuries, BORDEAUX has commanded an almost mythical status in the world of wine, beguiling kings, emperors and dictators alike. While its survival is dependent on the capricious nature of weather,  its prosperity has always been tied to the shifting fortunes of global economies. As powerful nations rise and fall, so does the fate of this place.

One of the unique and historical characteristics of this commanding wine region is the quality 'classification' of its left bank (Medoc) wineries. Most of us are well aware of the famous 1855 classification that divided the wineries into a 'Grand Cru' scale of 1 to 5 and how unreachable the 5 top Chateaux are in price...but how about the wineries that were NOT classified in 1855 ? The ones that were born after, or perhaps never made the cut back then but today make fabulous wines at accessible prices ?

Welcome the CRU BOURGEOIS. Created in 1962 but with a far longer history, this association of producers stands to protect, classify and promote all the superb wineries that were not classified in 1855 and were in the hands of merchants and not noble families. They represent some of the best and most competitive wines that Bordeaux has to offer. As a result of their selection criteria and positioning in terms of price, the Crus Bourgeois are ideally suited to today’s markets and the requirements of increasingly demanding consumers.

JOIN US FOR AN IN DEPTH OVERVIEW SEMINAR OF THE MEDOC DISTRICT OF BORDEAUX, THE 'CRU BOURGEOIS' ORGANIZATION & CLASSIFICATION & TECHNICAL TASTING OF SOME OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF 'CRU BOURGEOIS' BORDEAUX WINES, TOGETHER WITH CRUS BOURGEOIS DU MEDOC BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR THE USA, BRINDA BOURHIS (WINEVOX) AND CERTIFIED BORDEAUX WINE EDUCATOR, NASA VICE PRESIDENT, DIEGO MERAVIGLIA.

* EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL WILL BE PROVIDED / TRADE & NASA MEMBERS ONLY

WHEN: 2018 APRIL 17th (Tuesday) - 11:00AM to 1:30pm

WHERE: ANALOG BAR (Recording Room) - 801 5th Avenue Gaslamp, San Diego, CA 92101

COST: FREE FOR TRADE & CURRENT NASA MEMBERS - Renew your membership here !

For questions or queries : info@nasommelier.com

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COGNAC masterclass
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

COGNAC masterclass

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All Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac! 

Cognac is the original brandy and still to this day the most revered and historical distillate of wine. A legendary spirit with centuries of history.  First and foremost, Cognac is a place.  It is a town in the Charente department of southwestern France, and the distinct climate, soils, culture, and history of the surrounding area are expressed in the spirit that’s made here. Today, both within the fine-dining, alcoholic beverage industries and pop-culture, Cognac has regained all of its past glory.  The styles, versatility, applications and personalities of Cognac are immensely varied and its production method considered one of the most artisanal and crafted in the world of spirits.

In this 3.5-hour course, we will cover Cognac’s history, production, and ways to enjoy it, including food pairing.   We will taste a selection of 9 (nine) Cognacs that will illustrate a variety of terroirs, styles, tiers and aging categories. 

The course will also feature a series of small bites to showcase pairing applications.

The instructor, Irina Ponomarenko, is an official Cognac Educator, certified by the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac).

Presenter:  Irina Ponomarenko
Certified Cognac Educator
WSA/NASA Silver-Pin Certified Sommelier
Master Taster


Irina recently returned from Cognac where she was among a select group of educators training for the Cognac Educator Certificate.  Irina has been an instructor with the North American Sommelier Association since 2013.  She teaches a variety of courses, including the spirits module of the Certified Sommelier curriculum. 

WHEN: APR 14th 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

WHERE: RITA HOUSE - 5971 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

COST: $179.00 (all inclusive) / $149 CURRENT NASA MEMBERS

Membership status:

 

 

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Master Of Terroir® - Los Angeles
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Master Of Terroir® - Los Angeles

WHEN: FEB 17th & 18th, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

WHERE: The Winehouse (2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064)

EXAM: ONLINE (APR 15th - 10:00am PST / 1.5 hours)

COST: $395

"Terroir" (French pronunciation: [tɛʁwaʁ] from terre, "land") is the set of all environmental factors that affect a crop's epigenetic qualities, when the crop is grown in a specific habitat. Collectively, these environmental characteristics are said to have a character; terroir refers also to this character.

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BEYOND THE STARS...an exclusive guided tasting of Dom Pérignon's finest.
Dec
18
11:00 AM11:00

BEYOND THE STARS...an exclusive guided tasting of Dom Pérignon's finest.

"Brothers come quickly ! I'm drinking stars !" was the exclamation uttered by father Dom Pérignon as he discovered bubbles in wine. A fluke, a coincidence of nature dictated by the extreme Northern location of the Champagne region causing stuck fermentations due to cold. He spent the rest of his life, 47 years, battling, studying, exploring, analyzing and comprehending this phenomenon. 

In 1668 Dom Pierre Pérignon, a monk, is nominated curator of the abbey of Hautvillers. He was in charge of  managing the supplies of this holy place and set out to improve and renovate the vineyards and wine the abbey produced. As a Benedictine monk, he followed the rule of St.Benedict...the strive for perfection and discipline; he left nothing to chance. He set out to make "the best wine in the world" and single handedly set the base for what Champagne and any 'classical method' sparkling wine is today. He invented techniques, methodologies and concepts that revolutionized wine forever.

A cuvée de prestige is a proprietary Champagne label that is considered to be the top of a producer's range. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's CristalLaurent-Perrier's Grand SiècleDom PérignonDuval-Leroy's Cuvée FemmeArmand de Brignac Gold Brut, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, Ruinart's 'Dom Ruinart' & KRUG's 'Grande Cuvée'.

The original prestige cuvée was indeed Moët & Chandon's 'Dom Pérignon', launched in 1936 with the 1921 vintage. Until then, Champagne houses produced different cuvées of varying quality, but a top-of-the-range wine produced to the highest standards (and priced accordingly) was a new idea. In the last three decades of the 20th century, most Champagne houses followed these with their own prestige cuvées, often named after notable people with a link to that producer and presented in non-standard bottle shapes (following Dom Pérignon's lead with its 18th-century revival design). These are indeed...the BEST SPARKLING WINES IN THE WORLD.

AS A TOAST TO THE ENDING 2017 VINTAGE, JOIN US FOR AN IN DEPTH GUIDED TASTING & SEMINAR ON DOM PERIGNON's NEW VINTAGES AND OLDER RESERVE GEMS, STILL AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET. THE PRESENTATION & TASTING WILL INCLUDE RARITIES RARELY PULLED AND WILL COMPARE AND ANALYZE THE VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS AS WELL AS A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CONCEPT OF 'PLENITUDES':

- Dom Pérignon Blanc vintage 2009, Dom Pérignon Rose' Vintage 2005, Dom Pérignon P2 vintage 2000, Dom Pérignon Rose' P2 vintage 1995, + a surprise old vintage (direct comparison to P2).

SEMINAR PRESENTED AND LED BY DOM PERIGNON US BRAND AMBASSADOR & NASA PRESIDENT, DIEGO MERAVIGLIA.

WHEN: 2017 DECEMBER 18th (Monday) - 11:00AM to 1:30pm

WHERE: WALLY's BEVERLY HILLS (private room) - 447 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

COST: FREE FOR WINE TRADE ONLY - credentials required & checked*

* Please note: This complimentary seminar and tasting is reserved for industry only (buyers or press) ! Capacity is set to 24 and credentials will be checked prior to confirmation of seat.

RSVP BY CLICKING BELOW / For questions or queries : info@nasommelier.com

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WEBINAR: The Magical Wines of Campania
Dec
6
9:15 AM09:15

WEBINAR: The Magical Wines of Campania

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When: Wednesday December 6th, 9:15 am PST/ 12:15 pm EST
Who:  NASA members, guests, trade and public (100 guests maximum)

Instructions: 
1. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the start of the webinar:

https://nasommelier.adobeconnect.com/campania/

2. Please enter as GUEST - you may need to switch browsers, install FLASH or Adobe Connect Add-In. We recommend a test.

3. A PDF of the slides will be sent the day before the seminar.

This webinar will be recorded; the link will be online soon after the webinar.


Campania has been recognized since Roman times as a fruitful land for its culture, history, traditions - and definitely for winemaking. Ancient viticulture methods, modern technology, both Etruscan and Roman traditions together with the immense wealth of native grapes and diverse terroirs make it one of Italy’s most intricate and interesting wine regions.  Discover the amazing beauty of Campania, from Irpinia to the Amalfi coast, via the Phlegreian fields and Mount Vesuvius. 

Presenter:  Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, NASA Boston Chapter Delegate and Instructor. 
Ciro is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy and a NASA Certified Italian Wine Specialist, with honors. 

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WEBINAR : LODI GRAPE DIVERSITY
Nov
29
9:15 AM09:15

WEBINAR : LODI GRAPE DIVERSITY

When:  Wednesday Nov 29th at 9:15 am PST
(12:15 pm EST)

Who:  NASA members, guests, trade, our partners.
(Max 100 attendees)

Instructions: 
1. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the start of the webinar:
https://nasommelier.adobeconnect.com/lodiwine/

2. Please enter as GUEST - you may need to switch browsers, install FLASH or Adobe Connect Add-In. We recommend a test.

3. A PDF of the slides will be sent the day before the seminar.

This webinar will be recorded; the link will be online soon after the webinar.

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WEBINAR: A Sherry for All Occasions
Nov
1
9:15 AM09:15

WEBINAR: A Sherry for All Occasions

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When:  Wednesday November 1st, 9:15 am PST/12:15 pm EST
Who:   NASA members, guests, trade, our partners, public. (Max 100 attendees)

Instructions: 
1. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the start of the webinar:

https://nasommelier.adobeconnect.com/sherry/


2. Please enter as GUEST - you may need to switch browsers, install FLASH or Adobe Connect Add-In. We recommend a test.

3. A PDF of the slides will be sent the day before the seminar.

This webinar will be recorded; the link will be online soon after the webinar.
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The wines of Jerez have been made for export since the times of the Roman Empire.  Magellan, in preparation for his trip around the world, spent more money on wine than any other supplies.  His entire wine supply came from Jerez, so Sherry has been traveling around the globe for half a millennium.  Perhaps this is what makes Sherry such a versatile wine when it comes to pairing it with food.  In our webinar, we will briefly review where Sherry comes from and how it is made, and then focus on the palette of Sherry styles and matching them with food.

Presenter:
Irina Ponomarenko, Certified Sherry Educator

Irina Ponomarenko is a WSA/NASA Silver Pin Sommelier. She is a Master Taster and Instructor for NASA, with a passion for and specialization in spirits and fortified wines.  Irina recently traveled to Jerez for the Sherry Educator program; she is pictured here receiving her certification from the Consejo Regulador.
 

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Italian Wine Essentials - Houston, TX
Sep
16
to Sep 30

Italian Wine Essentials - Houston, TX

Italian Wine Essentials

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 an Italian sommelier (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.

RESCHEDULED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO RECENT WEATHER HAZARD IN HOUSTON

 

ENROLL BY CLICKING BELOW

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WEBINAR : Rioja DOCa...Tradition & Modernity.
May
3
9:15 AM09:15

WEBINAR : Rioja DOCa...Tradition & Modernity.

WHEN: WEDS May 3rd, 9:15 am PST/12:15 pm EST/6:16 pm Logroño

WHERE: https://nasommelier.adobeconnect.com/r8xxumojzg1/

COST: FREE

For questions or queries : info@nasommelier.com

NASA Presents Webinars

WEDS May 3rd, 9:15 am PST / 12:15 pm EST / 6:16 pm Logroño

Tradition & Modernity in DOCa Rioja

There is a lot of discussion, and some controversy, about traditional and modern Rioja wines. There are camps of people who avoid oak-aged wines, those who clamor only for the old-school methods of extended oak aging, terroir-obsessed drinkers, those who want to blow the appellation rules apart. 

Let us take 30 minutes to deconstruct the traditional and modern wines, how to tell them apart, find the styles of Rioja that you love, and identify as professionals how to recommend these Rioja styles to friends and customers. 

Presenter: Nina Sventitsky, Certified Rioja Educator, Vice President North American Sommelier Association.

Nina is currently the Western Regional Manager for the Rioja USA Trade Campaign - and is also one of the first of three Certified Rioja Educators. She presents the Rioja Master certification, and developed and teaches the American Wine Specialist® certification for NASA.

1) Please follow this link, which will be made live 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the webinar:
https://nasommelier.adobeconnect.com/r8xxumojzg1/

2) Enter as Guest

Notes of the presentation will be available the day before the webinar, for note-taking.

PLEASE NOTE: ADOBE CONNECT WEBINARS REQUIRE FLASH PLAYER OR THE ADOBE CONNECT ADD-IN TO VIEW OUR WEBINARS, or TO ACCESS THE RECORDINGS POST-WEBINAR.   If you continue to have problems, try a new browser. We recommend testing the link and your access prior to the first webinar.

Through July 30th, NASA webinars are available to members, guests and the general public. StartingAugust 1st, NASA Presents Webinars will be members-only with invited guests from the trade and our partners.

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RIBEIRO DO...the best kept secret of Galicia (green Spain).
Mar
27
11:00 AM11:00

RIBEIRO DO...the best kept secret of Galicia (green Spain).

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Ribeiro is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) (Denominación de Orixe in Galician) for wines located in the northwest of the province of Ourense (GaliciaSpain). Ribeiro has a long tradition of producing and exporting wine from the Galician Atlantic ports. It is believed that the first vineyards were planted by the ancient Romans. Nowadays, white Ribeiro wines are known for their fresh, slightly acidic, fruity character.

Vineyards grown on very steep slopes  (known locally as socalcos or bocaribeiras) benefit from deep soils of granitic origin with a significant content of stones and gravel which improve the structure of the soil and reflect sunlight onto the vines. White wine represents about 80% of the wine produced, and is most produced with the Treixadura variety which is native to the area. Other athorzed white varieties are: AlbariñoGodelloTorrontésLoureiraMacabeo and Albillo.

RIBEIRO wines are superbly fresh, vibrant and clean. Largely unknown outside the Spanish market, they represent amazing values and are true gems of a Spanish denomination all to be discovered.

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Join us for a SEMINAR and TASTING of the most representative and renowned producers of this small jewel appellation.

WHEN: 2017 MARCH 27th, 11:00am to 1:30pm

WHERE: PRESS CLUB -  20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

COST: FREE FOR TRADE & CURRENT NASA MEMBERS - Renew your membership here !

For questions or queries : info@nasommelier.com

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Chianti & Chianti Classico...a legacy deciphered - San Diego
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Chianti & Chianti Classico...a legacy deciphered - San Diego

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Chianti and Chianti Classico...NOT the same thing.

Chianti and Chianti Classico...2 wines that are as established in the world as the concept of wine itself. Hailing from the heartland of the Etruscan culture and based on the central Italian king of grapes Sangiovese ("the blood of jupiter"), Chianti has come to symbolize the very essence of central Italian viticulture, agriculture, folklore, tradition and mystique around the globe. Despite its over 800 year documented history, but going back much further, many misconceptions still exist on this fabled nectar of the Gods. It will be our mission and pleasure to clear up any obscurity related to this enological cathedral in a splendid event of tasting, culture and history as we dive deeply into all the details there are to know about this iconic and time-tested appellation.

This seminar reviews some of the recent changes and updates in regulations, clarifies wine styles and specific terroirs (villages and subzones) and explores in depth the beauty of this icon of Italy. Led by NASA Director of Education Diego Meraviglia, the seminar also includes a detailed guided tasting of several of the most significant wines from both regions, examples of the various towns, sub-zones, styles, new vintages, terroir and classification level : 

- 'Badia a Passignano' Chianti Classico gran selezione, Antinori, 2010
- 'Bibbiano' Chianti Classico riserva, Montornello, 2013
- Chianti Classico riserva, Fattoria La Ripa, 2012
- Chianti Classico riserva, Nozzole, 2013
- 'San Lorenzo', Chianti Classico gran selezione, Castello Di Ama, 2013
- Chianti Classico, Castello Dei Rampolla, 2013
- Chianti Rufina, Selvapiana, 2014
- Chianti, Spalletti, 2014
- Chianti Classico riserva, San Felice, 2013
- Chianti Classico Riserva "Novecento", Dievole, 2013
...and more.

PART OF SommCon 2016 (San Diego) - FREE FOR TRADE

REGISTER HERE

 

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Volcanic Wines of Italy - Los Angeles
Jun
19
1:30 AM01:30

Volcanic Wines of Italy - Los Angeles

WHEN
Sunday JUNE 19th, 10:30am - 1:30pm

FEES
$75 non-members / $50 members / FREE for buyers (credentials required)

Italy is one of the most Volcanically active countries in the world, especially in Europe. It is also the only country that produces wines on active live volcanoes. Volcanoes have moulded, shaped and influenced the civilizations of this ancient country since the dawn of ages. One must only think of the Vesuvius or Etna as an example. Wine is no less influenced by these majestic and intimidating children of geology and Italy boasts some of the best and most peculiar vineyards in the world, cultivated on highly particular volcanic soils on the very slopes of these fire breathing mountains. These are some of the most unique wines in the world.

Join us for 3 hours of specific geology, terroir, ancient culture and wine tasting of some of the most representative volcanic wines, as we do a flight across the enological products of man, nature and fire to understand how Italian volcanic wines have set a new unparalleled standard of personality. Learn the difference between BASIC VOLCANIC and ACIDIC VOLCANIC, how the wines behave from these 2 terroirs and what are the appellations built through history on these pseudo-lunar environments. Led by NASA Vice President & Director Of Education, Diego Meraviglia.

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