4 Week Course: Discover Italy (Cheltenham)
Join us as we journey through the wine regions of Italy. Discover what makes Italy the most fascinating wine producing nation in the world! Taste delicious Dolcetto, velvety Valpolicella, charming Chianti among many others. We will explore regions such as Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria, Lombardia, Puglia, Trentino, and Sicily. Four whole weeks dedicated to Italy enabling us to unravel the mysteries and delights of Italian wine.
We will taste some of the myriad indigenous grapes that make Italian wine so different and intriguing, such as Nebbiolo (Barolo), Sangiovese (Chianti), Corvina (Valpolicella) and Barbera. Italy can be the most confusing wine country to get to know, with its enormous diversity of wine styles, often from the same town! It is, however, worth spending time to understand it, with the discoveries amply repaying the effort involved. We will wander through the north of the country, from the North West (Piedmont) to the North East (Veneto), through Tuscany and the Marches to the warm south (Puglia, Campania, Basilicata & Sicily). You will experience, first hand, the amazing range of grape varieties and flavours that Italy has to offer. You will taste some classic Italian wines, along with some new-wave wines from really cutting-edge winemakers.
The course finishes with a special evening devoted to Italian Food and Wine pairing: no other country offers the extraordinary range of wonderful food ingredients with high-quality wines. Find out what pairs best with everything from premium Italian fizz to the unique red dessert wine called Recioto.
Course Outline (all Tuesdays 7-9pm):
7th Nov - Session 1 - North & North East - Piemonte, Trentino Alto-Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia
14th Nov - Session 2 - Central Italy - Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Marche
21st Nov - Session 3 - South & Islands - Campania, Puglia, Sicily & Sardinia
28th Nov - Session 4 - The Wonders of Italian Food and WIne
All tastings are tutored with a digital presentation and you will receive full tasting notes, a tasting sheet and food nibbles.
Course Fee Structure
The course fee is £100. As a way of spreading the cost, we ask for £60 on booking then £10 in cash payable on the evening. If you would prefer to pay the cash sums by BACS in advance, please email us and we will invoice you for the £40.
What if I have to miss any evenings?
Not a problem. You may either send a substitute, or pick up the missed session on a subsequent Discover Italy course; all we ask is for 3 working days notice. We will give you a credit to use on any OCWS courses and tastings.
Places remaining: 2
Course Date/Time: Tue 7th Nov 2017 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours x 4 Tuesday
Venue: Wyastone Townhouse, Parabola Road, GL50 3AJ