Cru Artisan College is an annual, multi-city, full-day wine education seminar series bringing together a panel of talented winemakers who will address some of the nation’s leading sommeliers, trade members, wine educators and serious students of wine. The fourth edition of CAC, scheduled for May 1 in Washington DC, May 2 in Chicago and May 3 in San Francisco, will focus on the wines of Italy. It is organized with the collaboration of the Wine Scholar Guild, SOMM Journal, Guild of Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators, Tasting Panel Magazine, and Clever Root.
As an academic partner, the Wine Scholar Guild is offering its members and all serious students of wine the opportunity to partake by purchasing tickets in one of the following cities:
May 1st 2017
At The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
May 2nd 2017
At The Union League Club
65 W Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604
May 3rd 2017
At San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave #301, South San Francisco, CA 94080
The Wine Scholar Guild only has 20 seats available per city for this event, so reserve your space today!
The Headmaster for this year’s Crus Artisan US Tour is Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS
- Native Italian, DWS and Certified Sommelier.
- Wine Scholar Guild's Education Director for Italy.
- Creator of the Italian Wine Scholar™ study & certification program
9:00 am – 9:20 am | HOMEROOM - PASTRIES AND PROSECCO
- We’ll break the ice with the quintessential symbol of Italian hospitality and offer an informal introduction to the concept of breakfast wine. Coffee and tea will also be served for those needing greater stimulus.
- Featured wines: Maschio dei Cavalieri Prosecco
9:30 am – 11:00 am | DIGGING IN: CELEBRATING THE UNIQUE TERROIRS OF LA BELLA ITALIA
- Over 1,800 different native wine grape varietals thrive (or survive) on Italy’s patchwork quilt of soil types, ranging from her mountainous Apennine backbone and volcanic soils to the rich clay of her plains and the sandy loam near her long coastline. A panel of winemakers from five of her 20 regions – Piemonte, Toscana, Lazio, Veneto and Abruzzo - will show you some of the winning combinations of unique varietals and special places.
- Featured Wines: Bolla Soave 883, Principessa Gavia, Cortalto, Terre di Grifi, Luna Mater, L’Ardí, Sartori Valpolicella, Torre Migliori, ASKA
11:10 am – 12:15 | TRADITIONS AND INNOVATIONS IN ITALIAN ROSÉ THROUGH THE WINEMAKERS EYES
- Rosé is growing in popularity and seasonality; as it takes the market by storm Italians won’t be left behind. That argument will be made with the lighter side of five famous red varietals – Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Corvina, Montepulciano and Lambrusco di Sorbara – by the men who made them, served with some inventive pairings.
- Featured wine:Cuvee Aurora Rose, Sartori Bardolino Chiaretto, Centine Rosé, Cerulli Cerasuolo, FB Lambrusco
12:20 pm – 12:35 pm | COMPETITIVE BLIND TASTING
- A cash prize is on the line for the student who can correctly identify the most characteristics of our four wines.
12:40 pm – 1:40 pm | BUILDING A BRUNELLO FROM THE GROUND UP – A WINEMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE
- Hailed by Wine Spectator Magazine as “Builders of Brunello, the Castello Banfi estate has pioneered clonal research and zonation studies in their pursuit of excellence, raising a tide of quality that has lifted the region. Castello Banfi’s cellarmaster will reveal the elements of this three-decade-long research and demonstrate how Sangiovese behaves so uniquely not only in Montalcino, but from hill to hill on just one single estate.
- Featured wines: Mandrielle Vyd, Biadaioli Vyd, Sorrena Vyd, Poggioni Vyd, Castello Banfi Brunello, Poggio alle Mura, Poggio all’Oro Riserva
1:50 pm – 2:50 pm | AMARONE AMORE – ANCIENT TECHNIQUES FOR CONTEMPORARY TASTES: STYLE VARIATIONS AND THE FUTURE
- Leading Veronese producers of Amarone and Ripasso wines will share their knowledge, passion and insights for the unique appassimento winemaking technique dating back to ancient Romans and “farmers’ secret” for centuries.
- Featured wines: L’Appassione, Le Poiane, Bolla Amarone, Sartori Amarone, Corte Bra, Le Origini, I Saltari
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | NOT YOUR NONNA’S MARSALA: A SWEET FINISH AND A BITTER NOTE
- Sicily’s historic Florio winery holds the world’s largest reserve of aged marsala and will reveal why their cellars are renowned for their attentive selection and complexity, demontstrating the flexibility and future of Marsala. Malvasia delle Lipari and Florio Fernet add Sicilian counterpoints.
- Featured wines: Florio Sweet Marsala, Florio Dry Marsala, Targa, Florio Malvasia delle Lipari, Fernet Florio
Win a Full Italian Wine Scholar™ Scholarship!
In 250-words or less, why do you want to become an Italian Wine Scholar™?
A full Italian Wine Scholar™ scholarship (Unit 1: The North and Unit 2: Central-South) in distance-learning format will be awarded to the best essay among CAC participants in each city. Learn more here
1. Register for Cru Artisan College in DC, Chicago or San Francisco. (Contest is only open to registered participants.)
3. The winner for each city will be announced at the close of Cru Artisan College programming in D.C. on May 1st, in Chicago on May 2nd and in San Francisco on May 3rd.
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