Join me on a journey to learn about wine. Like with any training program, the key to becoming an expert is to start at the beginning and go slow. Through my studies have found that learning about wine also means learning about culture, viticulture, viniculture, vinification, politics, history, food, and, of course, wine.
I am by no means an expert — I do not have a Master’s of Wine Diploma and am not a sommelier. I’ve completed Level 3 of the Boston University Wine Studies Program and in addition to this formal program, I’ve also taken various one-off classes and traveled to wineries and wine regions around the world.
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What’s the one wine I always reference when someone asks for an interesting wine pick from my studies? Amarone. Amarone is one of the kings of Italian wine – showcasing the best of winemaking and producing a bold, age-worthy, wine that is unforgettable. Fitting for this deep and romantic wine, Amarone comes from Verona –…
Isn’t all wine “Natural”? Yes and no. Wine is a natural product made from grapes and fermented with yeast, but not all wine is considered a “Natural” wine. The Natural Wine movement is similar (and connected to) the Biodynamic Wine movement in that both are relatively recent trends in terms of branding, but are ancient …
What does it mean to drink on an Fruit Day or Root Day ? Biodynamic wines combine a mix of sustainable agriculture practices – similar to organic growing – with a bit of mysticism. Biodynamic farming was first coined in the 1920’s by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, but has roots (pun intended) that harken back…
Tasting: Week 1
The basics: learn to Pour, Look, Smell, and Taste.
Tasting: Week 2
The boring (but necessary): Spitting and Taking Notes
Tasting: Week 3