Tutored Tastings This Summer
June 14th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
A Little Italy
Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Its contribution is about 45–50 million hl per year, and represents about ⅓ of global production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. We will taste a selection of wines representing the various growing regions Italy is famous for.
September 13th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Cool Wines of Chile
Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. This tasting will present a cross section of wines from the diverse regions of this unique country.
October 11th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Almost three quarters the size of France, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production. The production of wine in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world’s fourth largest producer. The state’s viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine for Mass. Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations with distribution around the globe. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel are just some of the wines we will be tasting.
November 8th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Sipping the Stars
Champagne and its invention has long been synonymous with the French monk Dom Perignon but, in fact, it was an English invention 150 years earlier. Most wine regions worldwide produce sparkling wine using various methods of production with regional grape varieties. This tasting will explore and taste the various styles of sparkling wines, their history and the production methods used.
December 13th 2017 – 7:00pm-8:00pm