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    In this live one hour webinar we will explore a very small but unique appellation in Italy which produces one of the best expressions of Nebbiolo.

    An appellation where the Alpi Retiche mountains, climate and influence of the Adda River and Lago di Como play key role in the evolution of its wines.

    Valtellina Superiore DOCG, its Subzones (Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella), and its jewel Sforzato have always been considered a hidden gem and are quickly gaining more attention all over the world. This in-depth webinar focuses on the characteristics of each subzone, the spectacular landscape and heroic viticulture, and offers experts insight to the origins of Nebbiolo grape, locally known as Chiavennasca.

    Presenter: Mario Cagnetta

    Mario Cagnetta is the head sommelier at Buca Cucina and has worked for prestigious restaurants like Buca Yorkville, Buca King and Don Alfonso 1890 in Toronto. He developed Wine Education Programs for King Street Food Company and he is very passionate about wine and food pairings. He has achieved Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar, Burgundy Master level, Bordeaux Master Level with highest honors and also owns Master Level in Champagne and Provence. He is also a Certified Sommelier from AIS, the Italian Sommelier Association and from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Before starting his wine and sommelier career he worked as a journalist for 15 years in Italy and Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Literature and Journalism from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano.

     

     

    Published in Northern Italy wines
    Wednesday, 27 March 2019 07:28

    Barolo Who's who with Tom Hyland

    The most celebrated examples of Barolo are among the finest examples of terroir anywhere in the wine world. Thanks to soil formations from millions of years ago, along with climatic conditions, Barolos from various communes can often vary greatly in style. Yet beyond the terroir of site specific, there is also a human terroir at work, as enologists employ different techniques in their cellars.

    In this webinar, we will explore the various styles of Barolo as driven by the human touch, from strict traditionalism to a more modern approach, we will discuss the characteristics of the finest producers and the finest wines of Barolo.

    Presenter: Tom Hyland

    Tom Hyland is a Chicago-based wine writer/educator and photographer, specializing in Italian wines.

    He has authored two books on Italian wines, and has conducted seminars for the trade on various Italian wines in Chicago, New York and in Bordeaux at VinExpo.

    He has been writing about these wines for 19 years, and today is a contributor to Decanter and wine-searcher.com. He is also the U.S. ambassador for the consorzio, I Vini del Piemonte.

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    Published in Northern Italy wines

    Valpolicella is home to some of the world’s most unique wine styles all of which are based on grape varieties indigenous to the region. 

    Discover the natural and human factors that influence their production and the trends driving their evolution. 

    Educator Deborah Parker Wong was awarded the title of Valpolicella Wine Specialist by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella in February 2018 and has conducted a series of trade tastings marking the 50th anniversary of the DOC.

    Presenter: Deborah Parker Wong

    Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET is Global Wine Editor for SOMM Journal, The Tasting and Clever Root magazines and was recently appointed California Editor for the Slow Food Slow Wine Guide.

    She teaches as an adjunct professor in the Wine Studies departments at Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College and Cabrillo College and owns a Wine & Spirit Education Trust school offering Level 2 and Level 3 certifications.

    In addition to writing and speaking about wine, Deborah consults to producer groups, judges wine competitions and scores wine for Planet Grape Wine Review. Her motto is: To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.

    Published in Northern Italy wines

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