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A Tour of Barolo with Tom Hyland

Webinar Abstract:

Barolo, produced exclusively from Nebbiolo, is one of the world’s most celebrated wines. Here in a production zone in southern Piedmont, a mixture of soils and other conditions combine to make wines that can truly be defined as products of terroir.

Join us for an in-depth look at the finest vineyards and producers of Barolo, from the perfumed examples of La Morra and Verduno to the more tannic examples from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba.

We will also examine recent trends in winemaking and well as the factors of climate change to understand how today’s Barolo differ from those made 40 and 50 years ago.

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.

Member Perk: Signed and discounted "The Wines and Foods of Piemonte" By Tom Hyland (USA Only)

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NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this webinar was recorded offline, without live attenteed. A member forum thread is available HERE for questions and comments.

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“Saving Piemonte’s Wine Country", a panel discussion

“Saving Piemonte’s Wine Country"

A panel discussion about The Green Experience movement in Piemonte

Conducted by Suzanne Hoffman, wine family expert and author of the award-winning book, Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte, with the participation of:

  • Chiara Boschis of E. Pira e Figli (Barolo)
  • Daniela Rocca of Albino Rocca (Barbaresco)

Abstract:

Our panel will discuss the growing movement to recover and preserve the health of Piemonte’s vineyards.

Boschis’ and Rocca’s wineries are prominent, visionary members of a growing industry group known as The Green Experience®.

The so-called revolution in Barolo at the end of the 20th Century was not just about modern versus traditional styles of the iconic wine. And it wasn’t just in Barolo. It was also about a fervent movement that arose from young vintners’ realization that their generation was charged with cleaning up their vineyards from the failed quantity-first post-World War II agricultural policies. They sparked a fire that spread throughout the region, but their methods often brought them ridicule.

Today, however, they are seen as visionaries in the quest to preserve Piemonte’s wine country for generations to follow.

The Green Experience® is a 21st century outgrowth of the passion of these visionaries whose practices, once ridiculed, are now commonplace. Over 100 wineries in the UNESCO World Heritage Site region of Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato, including E. Pira e Figli and Albino Rocca, are certified members of The Green Experience that Cuneo region members of Europe’s largest agricultural professionals organization, Coldiretti, formed to recover the health of the land and preserve it for future generations. For more information on The Green Experience, visit http://www.thegreenexperience.it.

Host: Suzanne Hoffmann

Suzanne Hoffman is an attorney, journalist, and author of the award-winning book, Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte.

She lived and worked for over two decades in Switzerland during which time she fell in love with Piemonte’s wine families and their vinous labor of love.

Suzanne is a wine family expert and a frequent speaker on the familial wine industry.

A cherished part of her work to promote the region and the families is to lead small, highly personalized tours of Piemonte. Her goal is to weave the culture and history of wine regions into the marketing of family owned and operated wineries to create stronger connections between producers and their clients.

Suzanne lives near Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dani, and wine dog, Arneis.

 

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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG with AlanTardi

The Inside Scoop On the World’s Most Popular Least Understood Sparkling Wine

Sure, everyone knows Prosecco — or at least thinks they do.

But most people are familiar with only the very tip of the iceberg, which also happens to be the simplest, most commercial part of it.

It this webinar we’ll take a close look at the unique winegrowing area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, located in the hills north of Venice where Prosecco was born, to get a clear understanding of what distinguishes it from other sparkling wines, especially Prosecco DOC: of its incredibly complex and diverse terroir; and of the many different typologies, styles and production methods that are utilized to express the extraordinary landscape and long viticultural traditions of this area.

Presenter: Alan Tardi

Alan Tardi first became interested in wine through food, working as a cook, chef, and chef-owner in New York City.

As a freelance food and wine journalist, Tardi has authored numerous articles for publications including The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, and Sommelier Journal.

In 2003, Alan moved to the village of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region of Italy, where he spent several years working in the surrounding vineyards and wineries through all phases of the growing and production process.

This lead to his first book, 'Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo' (St Martins Press, 2006), which won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book of 2006.

In 2015, Tardi became the first-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco.

His new book, “Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink” (Hachette 2016) recently won a Gourmand Best in the World Award.

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Franciacorta with May Matta-Aliah

Franciacorta, a wine, an area, a production methodology with May Matta-Aliah

Contrary to popular belief Franciacorta is not a new wine region in fact wines have been produced in this region since the sixteenth century. However, the modern history of the region began in 1961 with the production of the first sparkling wine in the region by Franco Ziliani, winemaker at the Guido Berlucchi winery.

The popularity of these wines attracted the attention of successful entrepreneurs from neighboring Milan and Brescia and by 1967, when the area received its Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) 11 producers were making sparkling Franciacorta.

In 1990 the voluntary consortium was created ensuring a focus on only the highest quality methods, which resulted in the region gaining DOCG status in 1995.

Today Franciacorta is synonamous with the finest sparkling wines coming out of Italy, produced according to the strictest methods in the world for this type of wine.

Join May Matta-Aliah, Regional Educator, and learn how the vision and passion of one man lead to the creation of a classic sparkling wine region.

Presenter: May Matta-Aliah

May is a New York based wine educator and President of In the Grape. She is a seasoned presenter, an accredited educator, and brings over 15 years of experience and knowledge to all her work.

In her teachings May leverages her wide breadth of knowledge, her hands-on industry experience along with insights gained from her extensive travel to the worlds’ wine regions.

May is a firm believer in making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from wine trade professionals to curious appreciators. Her experience includes a long-standing affiliation with the prestigious International Wine Center, where she has been teaching the classes of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, to frequently sold-out consumer classes at a variety of venues around New York City.

She has designed and taught custom courses to industry organizations and presented at large trade conferences such as Tales of the Cocktail, San Antonio Cocktail Classic, New York Wine Expo, Society of Wine Educator Annual Conference and the French Wine Society Annual Conference.

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The Ten Best Italian White Wines: A Beginner’s Guide

Italy’s white wines are as diverse as the country’s reds. With a trove of native varieties, there is an Italian white wine to fit every budget and every occasion. In fact, there are so many choices that shopping for an Italian white wine can be overwhelming. It doesn’t help matters that many of the white grapes have similar looking names. However, you don’t have to memorize an encyclopedia to find the perfect wine for dinner.

Just knowing a few key wines will ease the confusion and simplify the shopping trip (hint, if the grape or wine name has a “v” in it, you will probably love it.)

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The Legend of Chianti's Black Rooster (Gallo Nero)

The Gallo Nero (Black Rooster) was the historic symbol of the League of Chianti and has become the symbol of the wines of Chianti Classico. The Black Rooster symbol is linked to a medieval legend that takes place during the time of open hostilities between Firenze and Siena for control of the Chianti territory.

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Chianti Classico with sommelier Jeffrey Porter

Chianti Classico: From Medici to Marvelous

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany with some of the most unique soils in the world with one of the greatest grapes in the world, Chianti Classico is a wine that conjures up the best (and worst) associations within the world of wine.

Get the inside scoop! Join Jeffrey Porter, Beverage Director for the acclaimed Italian restaurant group Batali & Bastianich, as he guides you through the history and specificities of Chianti Classico.

Presenter: Sommelier Jeff Porter

Originally from Texas, Jeffrey’s passion for wine started while at the University of Texas at Austin.

He began his career at Central Market in Austin, Texas.

After graduating Jeffrey moved to California where he worked as a sales person for a wholesaler in the Bay Area.

His sommelier career began in Napa Valley working at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena, California.

He joined the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group in 2009 at Osteria Mozza.

In 2011 he moved to New York to become the wine director for Del Posto and in 2014 Jeffrey became the Beverage Operations Director, overseeing the beverage programs for Babbo, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, Babbo Pizzeria & Enoteca in Boston, MA, and our newest restaurant La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel.

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Classic cuisines of Northern Italy with Barbara Philip MW

Webinar Abstract:

Join Barbara Philip MW on a winelover’s tour of Northern Italian cuisine.

Discover why food and wine that grew up together make such timeless matches and why the table is the center of Italian culture, regardless of the region. Focus will be on ingredients, rather than technique, and how the food is enjoyed both in restaurants and at home.

The tour will start in the northwest, covering Val d’Aosta, Piedmont and Liguria than travel through Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Emilia-Romagna.

Barbara Philip MWPresenter: Barbara Philip MW

 

Barbara Philip MW became the first Canadian woman to achieve the Master of Wine designation in 2007.  Based in Vancouver, she is a Category Manager for BC Liquor Stores where she is responsible for European wines. 

With her husband Iain, Barb runs Barbariain Wine Consulting and works as a presenter, judge and radio columnist on CBC Radio One’s “On The Coast”.

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